REVIEWS

June 6th, 2007

Silverstone Decathlon DA650

In this review we will be looking a closer at the Silverstone Decathlon 650W (DA650) unit which is the lowest-wattage Decathlon available on the market. Silverstone has definitely answered the challenge of its competitors with all guns blazing by virtually saturating the enthusiast market with power supplies of varying features and power output numbers.


June 6th, 2007

Danger Den Torture Rack Fast-Access

Danger Den is on the leading edge of liquid cooling and case modding. Besides catering to the DIY community, Danger Den has also been a leader in producing solutions to help mainstream users overcome their anxiety about water cooling and case modding, such as kits that can be installed in any chassis, and computer cases [...]


June 3rd, 2007

Buffalo Firestix PC2-6400 vs. Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000

In this review, we will be comparing the performance of a 2X1GB kit of Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1000 with EPP to a 2X1GB kit of Buffalo Firestix DDR2 800. Despite their different frequency ratings, these two kits both contain Micron D9GMH memory chips and should be expected to perform somewhat similarly.


May 25th, 2007

Highspeed PC Tech Station

Targeted at the frequent hardware swapper, today we’ll be looking at the E-ATX version of Highspeed PC’s Original Tech Station Computer Case. The Tech Station allows hardware changes to be made to a system safely and efficiently. It looks like a brilliant concept in principle so we how it is practical as well.


May 23rd, 2007

Noctua NF-S12

Noctua seems to make some pretty bold claims regarding their product when they talk about nearly unheard-of noise reduction while moving a respectable amount of air. This fan may be on the expensive side compared to its closest competitors but if its performance is all it is promised to be, this may be something you [...]


May 22nd, 2007

nMedia HTPC 400BA

What nMedia is trying to achieve with this case is full ATX motherboard compliance while saving as much space as possible. This is so you can use this case to fit in as nicely as possible next to your other AV equipment. Just remember: real life experiences usually differ from the bold claims of manufacturers.


May 22nd, 2007

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl is one of those rare games that comes along and defies genre classification. It is far more ambitious and complex than a standard first person shooter, but not quite as complex and mired in stats as your typical role playing game. You play the part of the Marked One, a Stalker [...]


May 21st, 2007

Ultra V-Series 400W & 500W

In this review we will be taking a closer look at Ultra’s budget-minded V-Series power supplies in 400W and 500W flavors which seem to hit a very interesting price-point while retaining Ultra’s Lifetime Warranty. It should be very interesting to see how they perform.


May 12th, 2007

Silverstone Olympia OP650

We have reviewed quite a few power supplies up to this point and we will now be looking at the newly-released Olympia 650W units which promise big-league performance in a compact, quiet package. This power supply also comes with something we have yet to see here at Hardwarecanucks: an 8-pin PCI-E connector used to power [...]


May 10th, 2007

Hitachi 7K1000 Terabyte Hard Drive

Hitachi is best known for their consumer electronics but it is their computer storage division that has developed something exciting; the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000, the world’s first 1TB desktop storage drive. With this massive amount of space on-hand, some sacrifices may have been made to performance. Or have they?