REVIEWS

October 5th, 2010

Event Report: GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2010 Worldwide Final

Every year, Gigabyte invites the best of the overclocking world to compete for glory, money and hardware in their Open Overclocking Competition.  After months of regional competitions, the field was narrowed down to 15 competitors who were invited to the Worldwide Final in Taipei.  Hardware Canucks was there to see the action from start to [...]


October 4th, 2010

Alienware TactX Laser Gaming Mouse Review

Back in 2009, Alienware came out with their first series of gaming accessories which continued their tradition of premium priced items but these had high flying performance to back up their cost.  Their “TactX” family has seen new members added and in many cases the mice, keyboards and other gaming items under the brand have [...]


September 28th, 2010

PNY GeForce GTS 450 1GB XLR8 Review

As NVIDIA delves deeper and deeper into their GeForce 400-series lineup, the price points for the cards are ever so slowly decreasing.  The GTS 450 is supposed to hit a cost of about $130 while bringing good all-round performance to the table.  In this review we take a look at PNY’s XLR8 Edition, a card [...]


September 26th, 2010

A Photo Tour of Gigabyte’s GOOC 2010 Worldwide Final

This weekend, Taipei played host to some of the world’s best overclocking talent by being the city of choice for Gigabyte’s Open Overclocking Championship.  Hardware Canucks was invited to cover GOOC 2010 and while our coverage started with the North American finals, it was only fitting that we followed through to the LN2-heavy final in [...]


September 22nd, 2010

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 470 Super Overclock Review

Gigabyte’s Super Overclock series has been a regular fixture here at Hardware Canucks but the last few attempts to carry this brand over to ATI cards met with mixed results.  In this review we take a look at the SoC’s return to NVIDIA products with the GTX 470 SoC, a card that carries high clock [...]


September 20th, 2010

Corsair Graphite 600T Mid Tower Case Review

After Corsair launched their highly successful and innovative 800D full tower case followed by the slightly less expensive 700D, there were many who were wondering what the next step would look like.  Now we know.  Today we take a look at the Graphite 600T; a case which retains the high quality Corsair is known for [...]


September 15th, 2010

Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive Review

The quality of products in the value-oriented SSD market really hasn’t been anything to brag about ever since solid state drives began gaining popularity.  However, a few companies are working to erase preconceptions many now have about just how much needs to be spent for a decent SSD.  Corsair’s Force 40GB breaks with the pack [...]


September 14th, 2010

NVIDIA 260.63 Beta Driver Performance Review

Along with the GTS 450, NVIDIA has released a heavily updated driver suite that features a new installer, higher in-game performance and simplified controls.  In this review we take a look at what is being offered.  Are these new drivers worth your attention?


September 12th, 2010

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB Single & SLI Review

NVIDIA has been attacking the high end with their Fermi-based architecture but today mark the first foray of the 400-series into the sub-$150 market with the launch of the GTS 450.  This card is supposed to replace the GTS 250 1GB in NVIDIA’s lineup so it has some big shoes to fill.  In this review [...]


September 12th, 2010

ASUS GeForce GTS 450 1GB DirectCU TOP Review

ASUS isn’t all that well known for releasing completely over-engineered cards on the day of launch but this time they are doing things differently.  Their GTS 450 1GB DirectCU TOP edition is a completely custom product from bottom to top and it even includes some blisteringly high clock speeds as well.  The price?  $139, only [...]