Inside the Graphite Series 780T
Releasing four tabs on either side will allow you to wiggle off the entire front bezel. However, keep in mind, there is a single wire connected to the front to illuminate a panel we will see soon. Also, if you want to remove the HDD rack, there are screws under these fans to remove, so this may be in your future with a build in this chassis.
As we glance into the 780T, we find that the wiring has been run through a grommet, and all the ends are tied to keep it from damaging anything like the side window. We also find the thin hardware box stuffed in the second bay from the bottom in the HDD rack.
There are two 5.25" bays installed at the top of the chassis, which also offer tool-free mechanisms to lock the drives into place; these can also be backed up with screws. With the potential of this design, this would be a nice place for a dual bay reservoir.
There are two cages to this rack of six bays, and yes, each tray will work for either a 2.5" or 3.5" drive. Both can be removed, or just one can be removed, but in order to do so, you will need to remove the screws in the face, and remember to get those two under the front fans as well.
Removing the rack allows us to see just how open the front of the 780T can be. We can also see the trio of plastic trays for 2.5" drives hung on the wall. We need to remove the pedestal for the drive bays to show what the bottom offers.
While the square cutouts are shifted to the right, don't let that fool you, there is indeed room for three 120mm fans. We also measured to the first standoff on the motherboard, and found the 780T offers 3.5" of room from the top steel to the standoff.
The motherboard tray has a large access hole with rolled edges, six decently sized management holes with grommets, eight tie points, and room for motherboards ranging in size from Mini-ITX to XL-ATX motherboards. There are no bumps or irregularities in the tray to prevent these motherboards from fitting.
As we get a view inside of the chassis, looking down at the floor, we like the offerings with the drive cage removed. Not only can you use a PSU well over 200mm in length, but if wired properly, you could also take advantage of the two 120mm fan locations near the front of the chassis; and yes, a dual radiator could go here as well.
At the back of the chassis the clear blades of the LED fans in the front have been swapped for a non-LED versions with grey blades. However, all are the same AF140L fan, and require power via a three-pin connection. The nine vented expansion slot covers and your cards are held in place with thumbscrews.
Looking under the right side panel of the 780T, we find a very deep inset, on the order of 40mm of space, and that is without the fact the door still offers more room. The three drive trays clip in and out on this side, and we also see there is a ton of wiring coming from the I/O panel.
As we untangled all of the wiring, we found out what everything here was for. There is the LED and button wiring off to the left, followed by six, four-pin fan connections, and the SATA power plug for the fan controller. There is also a Molex connector to power all of the LEDs, and that leaves the USB 2.0, native USB 3.0, and the much longer HD audio connections off to the right side.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Graphite Series 780T]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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