Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
There are three cases from Corsair that really stand out in my mind out of all the chassis designs they have come up with. There is the Obsidian 800D that was near and dear as it spent many years in the lab as the gaming rig. Then, of course, there is its better version, the 900D, for those looking completely fill a chassis with multiple PSUs, water cooling, and tons of hardware. Both of those designs are their flagship designs, but rightfully so as they are quite impressive, and even while the 800D is now working on five years old, it is still relevant to the market and something worthy of having. The other chassis of the three that really struck a chord with me personally has to be the Graphite 600T. With all the curves, rounded edges, and a whole new take on what a chassis should look like both inside and out, this chassis also spent time in the labs as a backup rig and was just recently replaced with a much smaller build.
Out of those three, the latter has the most relevance to what we are going to see today. It is easy to see where this chassis comes from in its most basic concept as it shares a few exterior designs that automatically make you think back to the 600T. What is also very cool about this latest design is that with the 600T there was a full side window mod available to those owners, and it seems that idea wasn't lost with Corsair. This newest design may not be exactly what was offered via MNPCTECH.com, but Corsair took their own hand at a side panel this time that should please both the mod crowd as well as the more traditional chassis user in this newest chassis. It may not be a huge deal to a lot of customers out there, but we think it is great when the chassis can come with a lot of the custom bits we all wanted anyways, and this way we don't have to spend time on the simpler stuff. Instead, we can spend that time doing other cool things like sleeving cables or installing a well laid out water cooling loop.
What we have today is the Graphite Series 760T from Corsair to go over with a fine toothed comb and see just what this new design in full-tower cases is all about. While it does obviously have heritage in its design, this 760T is more aggressive in its styling, houses a few things we have not seen in other Corsair cases, and hopefully by the end of this review, the 760T will win you over as well.
There is a lot to cover and show off with this chassis, and we are even adding a new image in the series of all case reviews starting off with this 760T. We have gone ahead and started to get an image with measurements of the available room at the top of the chassis for water cooling. This way it will be much easier for the readers to know what will, and what will not, fit in any specific chassis.
Since this chassis is going public at the time this review is released, we are dealing with a chart that comes from a PDF that covers both of the new designs, and things may change slightly on individual charts provided at Corsair's site. Right off the bat, we see that this full-tower chassis is capable of housing motherboards from mini-ITX in size up to and including XL-ATX motherboards. This mostly steel with bits of ABS plastic chassis stands 22.4 inches tall, 9.7 inches wide, and 22.2 inches from front to back. Externally, we have three optical bay covers, and one of them is a stealth drive cover; the rest of the front panel is black mesh to match the covers at the top. We were given the White version with a window, and in this instance, the left side has thin bands of steel at the top and bottom, and the vast majority of the panel is tinted Lexan and offers a full view of the interior. The right side panel tires to reproduce a similar look, but instead of the tinted window insert, it has a shiny black plastic insert that, of course, offers no view but keeps the theme going.
On a more technical level of what the 760T offers, we find that it offers three 5.25-inch bays inside, and these do offer tool-free mechanisms to lock the drives into place. As for storage drives, there are two cages placed side by side on the floor that will house a total of six 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives that use typical slide out trays. On top of that, there are also four clip in trays that go to the right of the motherboard that will house 2.5-inch drives and also display them logo out for easy viewing through that large window.
As for the cooling, the options are quite robust. The front of the chassis has a pair of AF140L LED fans already installed, but the frame is designed to allow dual 120mm fans, and it could also house a dual radiator with the HDD cage removed. The rear of the 760T also has an AF14L fan installed without LEDs, and it too can also house a 120mm fan or a single radiator. The top of the chassis does offer room for three 120mm or 140mm fans, but none are placed there out of the box. This can also house a radiator with plenty of room for clearance with the motherboard and the ODD bays for longer radiators. The bottom of the chassis also offers an optional fan location, but one of the HDD cages needs removed to do this.
As for the rest of the chart, it covers the two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, headphone and microphone jacks, and in the 760T, there is also a dual speed fan toggle. As for the limitations in this chassis, we have 180mm for the CPU, as if that is a limitation; we also see there is no limitation on the PSU length, and the 760T delivers 340mm of room for expansion cards length, but by removing the HDD cages, you then have 460mm of room to play with.
Since this review is going live along with the chassis being released, there is nowhere to buy this chassis as of yet. While we would have to assume all of the major haunts to grab your PC components will have these listed soon enough, you will be able to go to Corsair.com and buy them direct as soon as this goes public. We do know from the information Corsair has supplied us with that the black version of this chassis has an MSRP of $179.99, and if the white version we are testing is more your speed, the MSRP is set at $189.99 for it. While not an outrageous price point for a full-tower chassis, we have seen a lot of new ideas and features in other designs. What you will see is that Corsair is stepping out of their shell a bit here and is delivering something that no other Corsair chassis has brought to the table thus far. It has it impressed us, and hopefully we can express why the Graphite 760T should be in the top five of cases to consider in future builds.
PRICING: You can find the Corsair Graphite Series 760T (Arctic White) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Corsair Graphite Series 760T (Arctic White) retails for $189.99 at Amazon.