Introduction

Gigabyte is more commonly known for their mainboards and graphics cards. That they also offer power supplies is a new development worth investigating. The Odin series was first announced last year, and people have been waiting since then to see how their offerings perform. Last week we received their 800W model for review and we immediately hooked it up to our torture rack.


There is one feature on this power supply which hasn't been seen before. It is possible to connect this power supply via a USB port to your system and control and monitor it via the included software. Not only can you adjust the fan speeds, but you can also regulate the DC-outputs to a certain extent. In addition you can check on details of the actual voltage distributed and the power drawn from each rail.

The Odin series from Gigabyte is actually built by Channel Well (CWT) which is headquartered in Taoyuan, a suburb of Taipei, Taiwan. They are in the same building as Enermax at the moment, but they are in the process of moving to a bigger facility. CWT has done some OEM production for other big brands in the past as well as power supplies under own brand for system-builders. Last year they started a price-war to get more retail OEM customers and succeeded quite well with it.


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  • Gothik - Monday, January 07, 2008 - link

    hi everyone,

    a noob here. I was wondering whether to get this PSU for my upcoming rig. I'm gonna run a quad core q6600, 4 sticks of ddr2 RAM, and a gf 8800GT (maybe SLI later). I was wondering, if the PSU is rated at 800w like the one being reviewed, does that mean that it is powered constantly at 800w or will the mechanism in the PSU determine the actual power consumed? Also, the author mentioned that there are a few PSUs that peform equally to this unit but cost less, can I know which ones are they?

    Thanx.
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  • QueBert - Monday, July 30, 2007 - link

    about to buy a new PSU, want something future proof and modular. This looks about perfect for my needs. I find it odd that my Ultra X, which is years old and was the first Modular PSU. Still has better looking cables than any other modular unit on the market. Gigabyte seemed to step up the modular appearance a bit though. Kudos to them for that. Reply
  • wrong - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - link

    I can think of an excellent reason to honeycomb the side wall and put a sheet of plastic in to block airflow.

    Weight.

    Not necessarily what they had in mind, of course. But LAN boxes should be light, and this could be one way to cut weight without reducing heatsink size and compromising cooling performance or noise.

    I wonder if it makes a difference to EM noise.
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  • Bozo Galora - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - link

    I really really like the way you do these PSU reviews. Much more informative indeed than anything else on the web. I am a bit dismayed over the way AT reviewers sugarcoat conclusions on obviously poor performing equipment - tho I understand why you have to do it.

    Now heres a review I would like to see......
    There is a just out new Coolermaster MODULAR 1000W PSU with humungous rails
    http://www.rbmods.com/Bilder/Articles/Coolermaster...">http://www.rbmods.com/Bilder/Articles/Coolermaster...
    Heres the first review.......
    http://www.rbmods.com/Articles/Coolermaster/Rs-a00...">http://www.rbmods.com/Articles/Coolermaster/Rs-a00...
    This is the new esba model, NOT the current emba
    Note in the review are the usual stupid useless graphs showing "rock solid" unchanging rails. Since I am about to buy, I would love to see how your review compares. And this is modular so it might help in your investigation of this modality.

    Keep on truckin'
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  • erikpurne - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - link

    quote:

    While I think the Efficiency charts in load percentage are nice, if you included Efficiency charts in watts it would be more informative from a buying perspective.


    Totally agree. It would be much easier to see where your system typically falls on the efficiency graph.

    Also, on the 'Power Loss' graphs, the upper line should be input, and the lower one output. Oh, and watts are power, not energy!
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  • Myrandex - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - link

    You should pictures of the LEDs, but there should have been a lights out LEDs enabled pic :)

    Good article though, and the build quality looked fantastic
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  • the goat - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - link

    I assume that the software is only for windows? Of course the power supply will operate without the software but it would be nice to use the product to it's full potential with any operating system. In future articles please tell us if there is software for linux or not. Reply
  • Vidmar - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - link

    While I think the Efficiency charts in load percentage are nice, if you included Efficiency charts in watts it would be more informative from a buying perspective.

    The reason? I know the sum of system load is 375watts normally. The way it is now, if power supply XYZ has a max load of 650watts, I have to calculate where my ~375watts falls into that load chart (~57% load). But if the next power supply has 1000 watts max, then I have to yet again calculate what load percentage that may be for *that* power supply. If the Efficiency charts were in watts, instead of load, no calculations would be necessary. If I could look at your charts and see that XYZ power supply provided those watts the most efficiently, that would be the power supply I would get.

    Maybe you could just provide a second X axis on the chart that included the watts.

    Thanks!
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  • MadBoris - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - link

    I really like the software component possibilities, looks like it needs some tweaking though like with 18a max per rail.
    As to memory and CPU usage, well that is .Net for you, that footprint problem is here to stay. Thx to MS.

    I'm a little curious to the max 25a per rail.
    Nvidia states 8800 GTX should have 30a http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/...">Link
    Maybe someone can clarify the real draw of an 8800 GTX and is 25a completely sufficient.
    What about next gen?

    Good review, looking forward to more like it.
    As cool as this PSU is, $200+ is a bit too much for a PSU.
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  • Christoph Katzer - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - link

    Depends on how much your graphics card needs to work. When your display just has 1024pxl in width you can run the 8800 in a decent system with a 300w psu. If you are using a 30" screen with 2560pxl in width it is a total different story. But don't worry, we are working on an article to make things like that very clear. Reply

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