Corsair Graphite 760T Full Tower Case
Corsair is constantly releasing new enclosures and expanding their products lines. The Graphite series of cases is one of four lines, and so far includes two models, the entry level Graphite 230T and the enthusiast grade 600T; both of which are mid-tower cases. Corsair has now expanded the line with the Graphite 730T and 760T, a full tower model. While both cases are nearly identical, the one big difference is the side panel; one has a large window, the other is a solid side panel. The Graphite 760T is available in Black and Arctic White; Corsair sent over the Arctic White model, which has a retail price of $189, for us to take a look at.
Coming in at 22.4" x 9.7" x 22.2" (HxWxD), this is a large case; a full tower. As such it has a lot of space inside for components, not only can the big E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboards, it will also support four 2.5" drives behind the motherboard tray, and six 3.5" drives, with the potential to add three more 3.5" drives with an optional drive cage. As for other components, it will fit GPU's up to 18" long and a CPU cooler up to 7" tall. There shouldn't be any reason your hardware won't fit. Without concerns on whether hardware will fit, we turn our attention to cooling, with room for seven 120mm fans and liquid cooling from 120mm to 360mm there are plenty of ways to cool the system.
One really cool feature of the Graphite 760T is the side panels. Not only do they swing open, but the left side panel is made out of flawless poly-carbonate providing an unobstructed view of the interior. I've always disliked building systems with side windows, if they show just the motherboard area that's great; most go a bit further and show part of the drive cages and power supply. Corsair went with a clear panel allowing the entire interior to be visible. The window has a slight tint to it, however it is still clear and without any flaws. The right side panel (also known as the back side) has a solid black panel with a mirror finish, this lets the user perform cable management on the back of the motherboard tray and still provides a great looking side panel.
Corsair Graphite 760T Features and Specifications:
- Full side panel window showcases internals
- Hinged, latched, removable doors allow easy access to components
- Tool-free 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" drive installation
- Three 140mm fans (2 front LED, 1 rear) for excellent airflow and low noise levels
- Two included modular/removable drive cages support six 2.5"/3.5" drives (two optional cages add support for 6 more drives)
- Removable magnetic top panel allows user to close off top ventilation for a cleaner look
- Support for watercooling in a broad variety of configurations
- Two-speed fan control
|Corsair Graphite 760T|
|Form Factor||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX, XL-ATX|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||568mm x 246mmx 564mm (22.4" x 9.7" x 22.2")|
* Two optional cages will support 6 more 2.5"/3.5" drives
Front: 2x 140MM AF140L LED fans (mount supports 120mm)
Front: Up to 240mm / 280mm
2x USB 2.0
|Power Supply Standard||ATX (not included)|
Graphite 760T Packaging
As a normal plain cardboard packaging is effective for purchases made online or in specialty stores; brightly colored packaging is expensive and no reason to use it unless necessary. What is necessary is to provide plenty of information on the box for a user who is unfamiliar with the product. Corsair does a good job at this, by providing pictures and some features in multiple languages. The front of the box gives a nice 3/4 view of the case along with a good amount of information on the features and specifications.
The back of the box, Corsair goes a little further by providing an exploded view of the case along with identifying each of those parts. The bottom half of the back presents the same information from the front in four additional languages (total of 6 languages).
The sides of the box are identical in the information they provide, which is the specifications of the Graphite 760T, once again it is listed 6 times in various languages. At the bottom of the sides is a graphic indicating the dimensions of the 760T; 568mm x 246mmx 564mm (HxWxD). The color of the 760T is indicated on one of the sides with a little sticker that shows the side panel window.
Interior packaging is pretty normal for cases, two large foam blocks are used to protect the case from most damage, while a black cloth bag is used to keep dirt and moisture off the case.
As always, Corsair includes a large number of accessories to install your components. First up is the detailed user manual; while most won't need it, Corsair goes into great detail on how to install the components. Four cable ties, ten motherboard standoff screws, twenty-eight SSD/Optical Drive screws, four SSD, sixteen short fan mounting screws, six hard drive tray screws, one motherboard standoff, and four long fan screws. One standoff points to the Graphite 760T having pre-installed standoffs.
Graphite 760T External Impressions
The review sample received is listed as Arctic White, as the name implies it is mostly white. The front and back panels are black, and provide a really nice contrast against a white case. Being a full tower it is rather large, measuring 22.4" x 9.7" x 22.2" (HxWxD). Lets take a quick look at the outside features of the case before taking a look at the interior layout.
The Graphite 760T has a fairly normal front panel, the front I/O ports are at the top and include a headphone/microphone jacks, fan speed selector (Quiet or Performance modes), two USB 2.0, two Superspeed USB 3.0, a reset button and a power button. The top panel has a slight overhang, which does not impede access to the front I/O. At the top of the front bezel, we find the three 5.25" device bays which are flush to the rest of the case.
Directly below the 5.25 device bays is a large metal mesh area, Corsair has done a great job at making it easy to access the front fans and clean the intake filter. The metal mesh area is held in place by two push clips. With the mesh removed we have easy access to the two included AF140L LED fans.
The left side panel is pretty unique, almost the entire panel is poly-carbonate making a very large window. The only metal on the side panel is at the top and bottom. The window will provide a full view of the components, so it will be necessary to keep it clean and keep the cables routed nicely. There is a handle on the side panel to release the latch so the case can be opened up.
The back panel is one of those boring areas, nothing overly exciting. On the Graphite 760T at the top (or the left side here) is a large vented area, which isn't large enough for a fan. Next is the included 140mm AF140L exhaust fan, with the motherboard I/O key below the fan. To the right of the fan is two liquid cooling tube holes, and nine PCI expansion slots. It's hard to see here, right next to the two liquid cooling holes is a little Kensington lock slot. Finally at the bottom is the power supply location, which has a bottom mounted filter that is easily removed from the back of the case.
While the main side panel is one large window, the back side panel looks similar, however it is not see-through. Being black and having a high gloss it features a nearly mirror finish, which enhances the look of the case. While it isn't shown, this panel opens like the main panel, with a simple latch keeping it shut, it swings open to access the cables and SSD's. When the panel is open, it can be removed by simply lifting upwards on the panel.
The bottom panel has the first disappointment, the power supply has a nice removable filter to keep dust out. The disappointment comes from the bottom 120mm fan location, Corsair did not include a filter on this location. As it is at the bottom, if you were to place a fan here, it would most likely be an intake which would be a dust magnet.
The top panel of the Graphite 760T appears to be a solid piece which might limit the airflow a little and needs to be removed in order to attach top exhaust fans. The top panel is really just a fascade held in place by tiny magnets. Lifting it off reveals the common wire mesh area we'd expect to see on cases. This area will support three 120mm or 140mm fans; or for liquid cooling fans, a 360mm radiator.
Graphite 760T Internal Impressions
The handle that was mentioned previously is used to open the side panel, instead of it coming off, it swings open on two small hinges. Of course if you prefer to remove the panel, once it is opened it can easily be removed from the case. Not only does the panel keep closed by the handle latch, it also has a couple of small magnets to help keep it closed.
With the side panel open, we can take a look at the interior. Here we find the interior has been painted black, which gives it a nice contrast against the white part of the case. On the motherboard tray, we find the usual suspects; three cable management holes at the very top, three additional holes above the 3.5 drive cage, and two at the bottom near the power supply. Drive expansion includes three 5.25" bays, and six 3.5" drive bays. This could be expanded with an optional 3.5" drive bay to be mounted below the 5.25" bay. As for cooling options we have two fan locations at the front, one at the bottom, one at the back, and three at the top for a total of seven fan locations; liquid cooling is also an option in any of four locations.
The 5.25" device bays are tool-less using common brackets for installing devices.
At the bottom of the case is two 3.5" drive cages, each cage will hold three 3.5" or 2.5" drives. They utilize a tray design which we have seen before; a light squeeze at the ends release the clips holding the trays in place. Under the left 3.5" cage, a 120mm fan could be installed; no fan filter is included. If necessary, the drive cages can be stacked, or removed, there is also an optional cage available from Corsair to expand the number of 3.5" drives.
Next to the 3.5" drive cages is the power supply, here another little twinge of disappointment. With the drive cages in place, it will support a standard ATX power supply without any issue, and has a large area for the fan intake. The risers for the power supply are metal and have no anti-vibration material on them. While this isn't a show stopper, when buying an enthusiast grade case some features are just taken for granted, and this is one of them.
The back panel there isn't anything unusual after looking at the back from the exterior. Right next to the power supply, above the PCI expansion slots is the Kensington lock slot that was mentioned earlier. The PCI expansion slots are tool-less using thumbscrews to secure them.
Taking a look at the back of the motherboard tray, we find fourteen cable tie locations, which will allow the cables to be routed how the users wants. Everything else is exactly as we would expect.
Four 2.5" drives can be installed on the back side using a tool-less locking tray design. At the bottom, there is a hole for the 2nd 3.5" drive cage to make it easier to access the drive conections, the downside is that the other 3.5" drive cage, the drive connections can not be attached without removing at least the bottom 2.5" tray. On each tray, there is a single screw hole that is used to secure the 2.5" tray to the case.
All four of the 2.5" trays are easily removed, on the right side of the tray is a little finger area to press in towards the tray, then that side is lifted out and the entire tray can come out. This is a great thing as you'll see when we begin to build the system.
Graphite 760T Hardware Installation
One last look at the interior of the Graphite 760T before we begin filling it with hardware. The 3.5" drives slide into their trays without any issues and that is then slid into the cage. If necessary, the 3.5" cage can be moved to being below the 5.25" device bays, however with my components there is no need to move the 3.5" cage.
If you have built more than two systems, then there is nothing here that should raise any alarms. Everything gets installed exactly like you would expect. There is plenty of room to work inside the Graphite 760T since it is a full tower. A standard size ATX motherboard looks small inside this huge case. Other than mounting the motherboard and power supply the rest of building a system is tool-less. I like that while technically placed on the back side of the motherboard tray, the SSD's are visible from the front, if you want to show off your hardware why hide those powerful SSD's.
With the two 3.5" hard drive cages installed, there is still plenty of room to connect cables to the power supply. As this is a standard ATX power supply, there is an additional support beyond it, which shows that Corsair has made sure there is more than enough room to install a longer power supply.
Cable management is done rather easily in the Graphite 760T, most cases have about 1 inch of space on the back side, with the side panel's design, there is around 1.25" of space for cables. The CPU support bracket cut-out is large enough to allow installing a CPU cooler at anytime.
We have seen these types of 2.5" drive trays on other cases so they're not a new design, simply slide the drive into place and it will lock itself in place. When releasing the drive, it will pop out a little once the end lock is pressed out of the way. In this test build, a 750GB Seagate Hybrid drive, OCZ Vertex4 256GB SSD, and an Intel 520 Series 180GB SSD was installed, cabling for them was a breeze with no issues from the power cables being in the way to close the back side panel. The fourth 2.5" tray has been removed to make it easier to connect cables to the 3.5" hard drives installed on the other side, the drive tray can reattached after connecting the 3.5" drive cables.
With everything in place, the side panels are closed. We can take a step back and take a look at the huge side panel window. As you can see, everything is easily visible, there is no hiding poor cable management in this case.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
There are plenty of full towers available from many manufacturers, even Corsair has many full towers. So what sets the Graphite 760T apart, first it follows the design of the Graphite cases, if you liked how those look, then the 760T is a great full tower choice. The next thing is unique side panels, while other cases have had swing out side panel's, Corsair took it one step further by making one of the panels a window. The front panel we find the usual items that include dual USB 2.0, dual SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and three 5.25" device bays.
Overall, the build quality of the Corsair Graphite 760T is will be hard to beat; it's exactly what we expect from a top tier company like Corsair. There are no sharp corners, everything necessary to do a complete system install is included. If we take a look at the side panels, the poly-carbonate side panel is a great idea, it looks great against the case and provide a full view of the system components. While it has some flex in the panels, that is really a minor issue as once the panels are closed, they do their job rather well and in style.
No matter how great a case is, there is always room for improvement. Two items stand out as needing attention, the first is the bottom 120mm fan location, on other cases Corsair includes a filter, why skip that on the Graphite 760T. Second, the risers that the power supply rests on is steel, it is possible this could cause some vibration noise, put some anti-vibration rubber on these and then it won't be a concern; again, Corsair has done this on other cases.
With around 1.25" of space behind the motherboard tray, there is no reason cable management should be difficult. Corsair has provided plenty of cable tie locations to get those cables secured and moved out of the way. The hidden 2.5" drive mounts are well placed, allowing the covers to be seen from the front, while keeping the connections hidden on the back side.
Cooling a case of this size, 22.4" x 9.7" x 22.2" (HxWxD), might be difficult, if it wasn't for the seven fan locations, and the integrated three fan speed controller; or if you would rather, you can install liquid cooling radiators in four different locations ranging from 120mm up to 360mm in length.
Corsair plans to begin shipping the Graphite 760T in North America at the end of April 2014, and had placed a suggested retail price of $189 for the Arctic White version and $179 for the Black edition; which both come with a 2 year warranty. At those prices, the features that the 760T provides it isn't a bad price.
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Graphite 760T is a great full tower case with many cooling options, and huge possibilities for expansion. If you like to show off your hardware, and a full tower is your preferred form factor, then the 760T is the case for you.