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Gigabyte Poseidon (GZ-XA1CA-STB) review

Gigabyte Poseidon (GZ-XA1CA-STB)

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Exterior Design Part 1

Exterior Design Part 1

Black is ever-fashionable and with manufacturers long past the stereotypical beige case designs, the dark side has been found in almost every casing brand and available from the largest of system integrators to small boutique firms specializing in high-end gaming rigs. No doubt, dust shows up more prominently on black surfaces compared to white or beige but it certainly gives a modern look to any casing. Gigabyte's Poseidon series comes in two colors, black and silver, though our personal preferences tend towards the handsome black casing that we have on our hands.

Made from brushed aluminum and clad all in black, the Poseidon looks like your standard mid-tower, with regular lines and rectangular boxy dimensions. All that aluminum makes the Poseidon a fairly light casing. Compared to the 3D Aurora, it is slightly smaller and lighter at around 8kg when unloaded. The chassis remains steel-based to ensure that the casing is rigid and strong enough. There is however no drive bay door to conceal your external facing drives (such as an optical drive), so be sure to get those with black bezels to preserve the Poseidon's looks. Beige and black do not mix at all.

The front bezel of the Poseidon is quite ordinary, with five exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, followed by a 3.5-inch below, which is then flanked by the two standard buttons on a casing, the Power and Reset. You will need to remove the front bezel entirely to install your 5.25-inch drives. This involves removing both side panels first and then releasing the catches exposed as a result. It is not difficult but takes a bit more time than some casings. Luckily, the process is well documented by the user manual.

LED indicators are set beside the buttons to show the status of the system power and hard drive(s). Both buttons give a nice, tactile feel so don't feel guilty if you start fiddling around with them. The audio jacks for the headphones and microphone are located below the Reset switch while you can also find two USB2.0 ports together with a FireWire port below the Power button.