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Written by Greg Schepers   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard
Closer Look: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard Detailed Features
Gigabyte Ghost Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The best way to test a gaming keyboard is to put it through its paces a while playing a variety of games and performing a number of various day-to-day tasks. Even though this method of testing is subjective, it should, nonetheless, provide a relatively accurate account of the keyboard's versatility and its ability to perform its key functions.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
  • System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
  • Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
  • Audio: Realtek ALC899 On-Board Audio
  • Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 TI
  • Optical Drive: Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
  • PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Monitor: HP w2338h (24") & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24")
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate

Software Tested

  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Adobe CS5 (Dreamweaver, Photoshop)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Company of Heroes
  • Assassin's Creed III


For everyday use, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard has performed brilliantly. It was used extensively for typing in the past month, and the article you are currently reading was completed through its use. While sitting down for long sessions of non-stop typing, the feel and sound of the Cherry MX Red mechanical keys is simply a pleasure. In terms of feel, the keys are solid, yet are very smooth when depressed. The clicking sound is audible, but it is not at all distracting. If you are migrating over from a dome-based keyboard, utilizing the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical Gaming Keyboard will be a new experience, but one that you will be happy to repeat.

When put to use during gaming sessions, the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Keyboard, again, did not disappoint. As discussed earlier, the Cherry MX Red keys are non-tactile, so they are very smooth. There is no additional little hitch when depressing the keys, such as what happens when using a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches. In my opinion, the Cherry MX Red keys are the perfect keys for a keyboard that will have multiple uses. In addition, the keys have the perfect sensitivity. What I mean by that is, when pressing down on a key, it is activated almost immediately.

The Ghost software made life easier for me this past month. I utilized both the predefined commands and recorded macros for gaming and everyday applications. These hotkeys are extremely convenient when you want to open an application quickly rather than clicking your way to the desktop or through the start menu. When employing the Ghost software for gaming, it was also beneficial. You may not see as much of a benefit when playing FPS games, however, when playing RTS games, it makes a huge difference.



# Great Keyboard crap softwarePolly 2012-12-27 22:42
Why is it that hardware manufacturers cannot make support software, over worked, poorly laid out, lack of flow, no tool tip or like, if you gave a student a few dollars and a free set of requirements the he could not make software worst than this. ABSOLUTELY GREAT KEYBOARD. epic fail on the Ghost software
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# RE: Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Mechanical KeyboardArgos 2013-02-22 02:44
Well, it is a very good looking board, but as always, no special adaptations for FPS gamers. Still waiting for manufacturers to see the light.
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# USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????huwyngr 2013-02-25 18:35
I'm puzzled as to how they get a USB3 socket on a keyboard that connects to the computer by USB 2 ...... well I'm puzzled that the review does not say that you can't get USB3 speeds that way ....

Or have they devised a way to do this? In which case I can't understand why they put a USB2 socket on ....

What am I missing?
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# RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????Greg Schepers 2013-02-25 21:19
Good question. The Gigabyte Aivia Osmium's braided cord is two meters in length and has four separate connections, which include the microphone jack, the headphone jack, the USB 2.0 connection, and the USB 3.0 connection. Pushing the gold-plated USB 3.0 connector into the USB 3.0 port located on the rear I/O of your PC (or any other USB 3.0 port on your PC) will give you USB 3.0 speeds from the keyboard. I apologize for not including this information in my original review.
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# RE: RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????huwyngr 2013-02-26 09:03
Top marks to your quick and informative reply Greg ....

Sorry they hadn't invented a USB2 to 3 converter

If it interests you here's the link to my post about the review -- I sysop on Compuserve on PCHardware and often post a link to a review here that catches my eye in the emails I get from you.

Although this is the first time I've raised a query; more frequently it's drawing attention to a bit of hardware that sounds interesting.
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# RE: RE: RE: USB3 socket on USB2 keyboard ?????Greg Schepers 2013-02-26 09:17
huwyngr... I appreciate your help, sharing the link, and again I apologize for omitting this information from my original review.
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