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  1. AkG

    My honor and privilege

    Before I leave, I just wanted to say that it has been my honor and my privilege to have been part of HardwareCanucks.com almost since its inception. Over the past twelve years I have watched this community grow and will always have fond memories of my time here. Sadly, as with all things in...
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    Fixing Bent Pins on AMD's Ryzen PGA CPUs

    If you follow Hardware Canucks on Twitter (and you should!) you’ll know that a few weeks ago I shipped a Ryzen 7 1700X processor to Anthony –aka AkG- and let’s just say that things didn’t quite go as planned. Even though it was securely packaged in a padded, form-fitting box and then packaged...
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    Crucial BX300 480GB SSD Review

    Product Name: BX300 480GB Part Number: CT480BX300SSD1 Warranty: 3 years Forum Comment Thread So here we are, in one of the slowest evolutionary years for the storage market and a few distinctive trends are beginning to emerge. NVMe devices continue to take over the high end price segment...
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    Corsair MP500 Force 240GB & 480GB M.2 SSD Review

    2016 was certainly an interesting year for anyone who was looking for a new SSD. Through their partnership called IM Flash Technologies, Intel and Micron finally followed in Samsung's footsteps and released their amazingly dense '3D' TLC NAND. Toshiba reaffirmed their commitment to creating...
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    TP-Link AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Kit Review

    It is truly a wonderful time to be a consumer looking for home wireless networking equipment. Not only is the list of manufacturers growing, but they are stepping up their game and releasing fantastic products at a seemingly experimental rate. The sheer number of <I>options</i> on how to improve...
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    MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

    Whenever a new processor line is introduced, motherboard vendors usually go nuts and create all manner of next generation products based off of a new chipset. But what happens when the chipset is carried over without any changes from the previous generation? It’s happened in the past with...
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    Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe M.2 / PCI-E SSD Review

    Today’s SSD market is a crowded place with plenty of options for everyone but there is a sense of stagnation within it as well. While there’s no better time to be looking for a mid-range drive, the high end has been largely unmoved due to a lack of suitable interfaces. Motherboard...
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    Acer Predator Z35 35" Gaming Monitor Review

    The Predator series of gaming monitors has been expanding at the speed of light as Acer attempts to cover every single possibility and price point with extremely capable and specifically targeted options. We already seen what they can accomplish with the G-SYNC equipped X34 and XR341CK, an...
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    ZOTAC Premium Edition 480GB SSD Review

    Since their inception in 2006, Zotac has made a name for itself as being a company that is not afraid to push the limit. When other companies looked upon the small form-factor ‘barebones’ PCs as the red headed stepchild who suspiciously looked like the mailman, Zotac was there blazing a trail...
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    Gigabyte X99P-SLI Motherboard Review

    With the LGA 1151 / Z170 spectacle starting to finally settle down, enthusiasts are once again looking towards the professional orientated X99 and socket 2011-v3 to fulfill their needs. Whether it is the massive quad channel DDR4 memory bus, the higher core count, the higher PCI-E lane count, or...
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    OCZ Trion 150 480GB & 960GB SATA SSD Review

    When OCZ’s Trion 100 was released last July it proved to be a pretty impressive value-forward SSD series. It also happened to be a rather big deal for OCZ and end users since it combined very good performance with an affordable price, features which were backstopped by some key Toshiba...
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    PNY CS1311 & XLR8 CS2211 SSDs Review

    The current SSD market has entered into a period of stagnation as high end drives transition to new, faster interface standards. Though the number new halo products launched in the last 6 months can be safely counted on two hands, mid-tier offerings continue to get better and better. We’ve...
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    Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 Cooler Review

    With water based All In One CPU coolers becoming more efficient, quieter, easier to install and less expensive typical air-based heatsinks have started to become less and less alluring to enthusiasts and mainstream consumers alike. It is an interesting situation, one that has led to near...
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    Acer Predator X34 G-SYNC Monitor Review

    So here we are with another gaming monitor review and this time the focus is on one of today’s most easily recognizable displays: Acer’s Predator X34. This is a truly stunning monitor that has moved the bar forward by including elements like a dramatically curved IPS panel, a high refresh rate...
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    BenQ XR3501 Curved 35" 144Hz Monitor Review

    Last year, curved gaming monitors became all the rage with multiple releases from numerous companies. While Gamers naturally jumped at the opportunity to increase their immersion factor with a wrap-around high resolution screen, the cost of entry was high and the panels offered limited use for...
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    ASRock G10 Gaming Router Review

    When searching for an optimal lag-free solution for online gaming, buyers typically go towards wired internet solutions since they tend to offer the best bandwidth and connection uptime. However, with the advent of 5GHz Wireless AC, WiFi has come all that much closer to achieving what gamers...
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    GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

    With the launch of Intel’s Skylake processors, there has been an absolutely massive influx of new motherboards with the Z170 chipset, ranging from budget-friendly to truly expensive. Sifting through the insane number of options and feature combinations of these boards can become a daunting task...
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    Western Digital Black 6TB HDD Review

    It may seem counter intuitive to enthusiasts who have migrated entirely over to SSDs, but standard spindle-based media isn’t on its way out the door anytime soon. Instead the main goals and design priorities of traditional hard drives have simply changed along with the changing market. Western...
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    AData Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

    The SSD segment has seen a good amount of contraction over the last two years and that trend has continued as of late. With drive technology hitting the limits of SATA 6Gbps, SATA Express being treated like a leper by most companies and the expensive NVMe just starting to make inroads, some may...
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    ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard Review

    Since the release of the Z170 series of motherboards we have looked at numerous ASUS offerings. Everything from entry level -A, to the impressive Deluxe and even multiple Republic of Gamers motherboards. However, we have not taken a close look at one of ASUS’ more popular lines: The Ultimate...
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