Gigabyte ODIN Plus 700W

High-end components have a serious appetite for power. Does Gigabyte's ODIN 700W have enough juice for the job?

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Gigabyte ODIN Plus 700W This powersupply lacks modular connectors but is able to run high-end multi-GPU rigs
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  March 25, 2010

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Key Specs

Form factor compatibility: ATX
Green features: 80Plus Bronze
Number of fans: 1
Number of rails: 4
Price: $163

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Although Gigabyte is a newcomer to the computer powersupply market it has already produced a number of interesting products. The ODIN Plus 700W is one of the firm's latest releases and proved as solid as bank vault's door when we subjected it to our tests.

The ODIN uses a Gigabyte designed board layout that makes use of solid capacitors
- for added durability - and offers four seperate 12-volt power rails. The power
supply (PSU) also features SLI certification, is equipped with a 120mm LED fan and
is 80+ Bronze certified. The certification signifies this PSU is at least 80% power
efficient when it is being used.

The only issue, in terms of features, is that this PSU lacks modular cables so you can't remove power leads that aren't being used. This might not be an issue in a large case but in medium tower ATX cases the cables will add unnecessary clutter.

To test the ODIN we built a system using a 3.33GHz Intel Core i7 975 processor
running at 4GHz, a Gigabyte EX58-UD4P motherboard, 6GB of memory, two GTX
260 graphics cards running in SLI, two hard drives and an optical drive. We ran Crysis benchmarks on the machine for 24 hours without any problems and although the ambient temperature inside the PC's case was a warm 44-degrees Celsius, the PSU's 120mm cooling fan never ever became audible and the machine rain 100% stable.

Verdict: The ODIN offers more than enough power for medium to high-end rigs running multi-GPU setups.

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