Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis

Written by Joe Martin

July 11, 2007 | 11:34

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God Rays

The stickers didn’t come off very easily and their recessing may make it a little complicated for modders, but it wouldn’t be too hard to simply remove and replace the whole panel.

Powering up an installed system causes a ‘Poseidon’ logo to beam out of the bottom of the case in letters which are just shy of a centimetre tall. Removing the front of the PC is an easy thing to do and reveals a switch underneath that allows the light to be switched from blue to white.

The main problem with this little LED logo is that if your PC is resting on a carpeted floor – which the Poseidon is perfectly built to do thanks to some rubberised feet on the base – then the logo becomes distorted and illegible. Placing the PC on a flat surface like a desktop is a simple way to remedy the situation of course, assuming you want the light on in the first place.

Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis A ray of light Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis A ray of light
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Moving around to the side of the case brings us to the Poseidon's other main feature; a side mounted grille on the left panel which allows ventilation to the rig beneath. Out-of-the-box, the Poseidon comes with the grey metal mesh installed, but the Poseidon comes packaged with a clear Perspex window to replace it with if that’s more your sense of style.

Using the Perspex window obviously sacrifices a small amount of ventilation potential, but it does look a little better in our opinion and lets you have a constant, unobstructed view into the innards of your PC. Speaking of which, lets crawl inside the Poseidon and see just what’s going on inside, shall we?

The belly of the beast

Moving inside the Poseidon is easy thanks to the thumbscrews and tool-less system and pulling off both panels lets us have a good ol’ gander and what exactly makes a sea god tick.

Starting behind the motherboard panel (which is non-removable) reveals that the panel has about a centimetre of space for cable routing, though places to feed wires in and out of this space are essentially limited and possible too cramped to try and funnel all the PSU cables through.

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The right side of the chassis also reveals that the tool-less optical drive system, which supports five 5.25” drives and a single 3.5” drive, doesn’t need both side panels removed in order lock the drive into place. Instead, the plastic locks are only lockable/unlockable from the left side of the case, which makes sense as this is the side which sees the most use and allows access to the majority of the system.

The fact that Gigabyte has had enough foresight to allow drives to be unlocked or locked from a single side speaks volumes about how much thought has gone into this chassis' design and how experienced Gigabyte is with the design features of PC hardware.
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