Hardware Roundup: Tuesday Edition

Nemo - March 11, 2008 05:04AM in Affiliate News

Our affiliates have been busy and we kick things off with a trio of case reviews. Most of us cringe at the words 'budget case', but the Moneual Lab M775 Computer Case at PCApex offers great cooling options and a removable motherboard tray for under $40US. The Cooler Master Cosmos S Full-Tower Case is definitely on the other end of the food chain but is it deserving of the price - check out what PC Perspective has to say. Virtual-Hideout has a review of the Sigma Luna Type W Case that fits somewhere in the middle between budget and premium. Quiet CPU cooling results in certain trade offs that often translates into less than stellar performance. The Noctua NH-U12P at PCApex manages to strike a good balance (see the OCC review HERE). On to the videocards for today. TweakTown looks at the reference model Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 Graphics Card. [H]ardocp takes a look at BFGTech 9600 GT OC in SLI vs. GeForce 8800 GTX to see if an SLI setup based on the new 9600 GT cards can outperform a top-end 8800 GTX in both game play experience and cost. TweakTown has a look at the latest ATI drivers in its ATI Catalyst 8.3 Analysis - XP & Vista review. Next in the lineup we have a pair of flash drives starting with the Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager from 3dGameMan. Overclocker Cafe then reviews the OCZ Rally2 Turbo 4GB Flash Drive. Gaming notebooks cater to a niche of buyers looking for top performance in a mobile package.  While offerings from the likes of Alienware have been around for a while, HotHardware evaluates the Toshiba Satellite X205-SLI4 to see how it performs as well as what it offers in terms of features and overall value. Yesterday Techgage reviewed a monitor from Asus and found it lacking, so how do they like the Gateway XHD3000 30-inch Wide-Screen?  Click on the link to found out. Mobile devices are an everyday part of our lives and Windows mobile powered units are becoming more prevalent so the Spb Mobile Shell 2.0 - Finger-friendly Navigation for Windows Mobile from ExtremeMHz may be a solution worth looking into.