Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis

Written by Joe Martin

July 11, 2007 | 11:34

Tags: #aluminium #benchmark #brushed #case #chassis #performance #poseidon #review #specification #steel #temperature

Companies: #gigabyte #test

Manufacturer: Gigabyte
UK Price (as reviewed): £59.28 (inc. VAT)
US Price (as reviewed): $79.99 (ex. Tax)

The Gigabyte Poseidon is a case with an impressive sounding name, no doubt about that. Combining the image of raw, divine power and sea-based rage with the established and respected Gigabyte brand, we were eager to get the case in to review – hopeful of its performance and fearful of the celestial might it may unleash in our testing.

Appearing as a moderately priced, brushed steel and aluminium case with some fancy LEDs and an elegant front-end, the Gigabyte Poseidon seems to have everything going for it. Of course, at bit-tech we subject our cases to a bit more than just a cursory glance at the box, so we had to get it in and put it through its paces in the usual fashion.

So, how did the Gigabyte Poseidon hold up? Is it more of a sea cow than a sea god? There’s only one you’re ever going to find out and that’s by reading on and seeing what Olympian efforts the Poseidon is capable of.

Exterior Appearance

Beauty may only be skin deep for humans, but for a PC case it’s an entirely different matter and many a PC enthusiast may be swayed to buy an otherwise awful case based purely on the merit of how stylish it looks.

So, how good does the Gigabyte Poseidon look?

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Pretty damn good in my opinion, that’s how good. Manufactured from steel but with an aluminium front end, the silver surface is smooth and sleek on the top and sides and brushed to a fine file-like finish on the front panel. Buttons and ports on the front of the case are placed on the bottom half of the front panel with the large plastic power button on the right hand side and the smaller, recessed reset button on the left hand side.

Recessing the reset button a little like this is something we always love to see as it means it’s a lot harder to accidentally fumble and reset. Subjecting the buttons to ‘The Martin Test’ reveals that there is a slight wobble of the buttons in the plastic housing, but the housing itself sits snugly and securely in the front panel of the case, which is a good indicator of build quality.

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The front of the Poseidon also has a few features which aren’t immediately obvious, but which show up when the PC is powered up. The main one is the included LED which is hidden behind a raised panel on the front of the PC. The aluminium panel is raised by about a centimetre and sits in front of the included front-mounted fan so that air can be drawn around it. The top of the panel bears a ‘Gigabyte Chassis’ branding and the bottom bears the ‘Poseidon’ logo which is recessed slightly into the panel.
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