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Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W Power Supply Review
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: Reviews Last Updated: May 27, 2010
Page: 1 of 10
Introduction

Gigabyte has quietly entered the power supply market, and the other model from this brand we reviewed – Superb 550P – proved to be an inferior product. Let’s see if things got better with Odin Plus 700 W.

Like Superb 550P, Odin Plus 700 W is manufactured by AcBel Polytech.

Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W power supply
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Figure 1: Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W power supply.

Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W power supply
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Figure 2: Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W power supply.

Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W is 5 7/8” (15 cm) deep, using a 120 mm fan on its bottom. It features active PFC circuit, feature not available on Superb series.

The reviewed model doesn’t have a modular cabling system, but all cables have nylon protections. All wires are 18 AWG, which is the correct gauge to be used. The cables included are:

  • Main motherboard cable with a 24-pin connector, 18 7/8” (48 cm) long.
  • One cable with two ATX12V connectors that together form one EPS12V connector, 18 7/8” (53 cm) long.
  • Two cable with one six/eight-pin connector for video cards each, 18 7/8” (53 cm) long.
  • One cable with four SATA power connectors, 18 1/8” (46 cm) to the first connector, 4” (10 cm) between connectors.
  • One cable with two SATA power connectors and one standard peripheral power connector, 18 1/8” (46 cm) to the first connector, 4” (10 cm) between connectors.
  • One cable with three standard peripheral power connectors and one floppy disk drive power connector, 18 1/8” (46 cm) to the first connector, 4” (10 cm) between connectors.

The cable configuration can be seen as satisfactory for a 700 W product, but since this unit uses high-end capacitors and a DC-DC project inside (more on this later), we were expecting a more generous cable and connector configuration. For example, the distance between SATA and peripheral connectors is shorter compared to the standard  5 7/8” (15 cm) normally used.

Gigabyte Odin Plus 700 W power supply
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Figure 3: Cables.

Now let’s take an in-depth look inside this power supply.

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