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HEXUS week in review

by Parm Mann on 2 March 2012, 16:34

Tags: Corsair, Antec, Kingston, Gigabyte (TPE:2376), Sapphire, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Chillblast

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The likes of Ivy Bridge, Kepler and Pitcairn are all on the horizon, but we've plenty of PC goodness to keep you entertained in the interim.


Up first, anyone in the market for a budget high-performance chassis should take a closer look at this week's reviews of Corsair's Carbide Series 300R and Antec's Three Hundred Two. Both are available for under £60, and they each offer USB 3.0 connectivity as well as a pre-drilled cable-routing system.


If you're looking for parts for your next dream build, both of the above are well worthy of consideration, too. We've an in-depth review of Kingston's second SandForce-powered SSD - the SSDNow V+200 - which offers excellent performance at roughly £1-per-GB, and we cast a critical eye over Gigabyte's attractively-priced GA-Z68AP-D3 motherboard.


For anyone toying with the idea of adding a PC to the living room TV there's Sapphire's tiny Fusion-powered EDGE-HD3, and with all the hoopla surrounding Windows 8, we've a detailed guide to explain how to install Microsoft's Consumer Preview from a USB drive.


We're not letting up on our incredible run of competitions, either. This week, we're giving away Corsair chassis and power supplies, and a complete HTPC from Chillblast! Click through for a chance to win and don't forget to enter both competitions.

Meanwhile, in the news, some of the world's biggest mobile players have been strutting their smartphones at the 2012 Mobile World Congress. HTC has shown off the lovely-looking One X, LG has unveiled the Optimus 3D Max, Sony has a new range of Xperia handsets, and Nokia has a smartphone with an astonishing 41-megapixel camera.

On top of all that, Microsoft has made available the first Consumer Preview of Windows 8, Intel has detailed its entire range of upcoming desktop Ivy Bridge processors, and, after months of build up, the £22 Raspberry Pi computer system has hit the shelves.

It's been a hectic week, folks, but it's just a taster. Next week will see many of the world's tech giants converge on Hannover, Germany for the annual CeBIT trade show, and we'll also be seeing something fruity on Wednesday.