Corsair has proven once again that their head is planted deeply into what the customers want in a chassis with the release of this Graphite Series 780T. Not only does the 780T carry on the tradition set before it by the 600T and 760T, but it does it with unique gusto and flare. Its heritage is not lost on the exterior, and we like that about the 780T; we have liked the idea since we first were introduced to the Graphite Series. The interior really steps up the game for Corsair and the Graphite Series. While the previous cases were well appointed, the 780T took it all to a new level.
There were a few small issues we need to discuss though, and being that we will get this information out so soon in the life cycle of the 780T, perhaps these things can be fixed or worked on for a later release. First of all, the logo plate that was stuck to the mesh on the front bezel repeatedly fell off. No matter how many times we tried to reattach it, it simply kept coming loose, and we ended up replacing the tape all together before finally getting it firmly fixed to the mesh. Secondly, while we like the modularity of the HDD rack, hiding screws under the front fans is really tricky of Corsair. Usually in a setup like this, the screws at the bottom hold it in.
While we know the gap between the ODD bays and the rack caused a need for better securing of the rack, we feel it could have been handled differently. Lastly, when we saw that the fan controller was SATA powered, we got excited, as we initially thought Corsair might finally be moving away from Molex, the way NZXT had some time ago. That thought was dashed when we also found the lead to power the LEDs, and there was a Molex power connection at the end. Why?
When it comes to cooling, the 780T has you covered with air cooling options. And, when it comes to water cooling capabilities, there is a ton of room in this design. With triple 120mm radiator support in the front only limited in thickness by the GPU length, the top offers the same with its thickness only limited outside of 3.5" from the top of the chassis. Also, you can even add a dual 120 radiator in the floor. Just in case that all isn't enough to fit your needs, the rear of the 780T will hold a single radiator, and even offers breakout plugs to allow tubing to go outside the chassis to an external radiator.
While the $189 MSRP set on the white version of the Graphite Series 780T is pretty far up there in cost, Corsair does pack a lot into this chassis to offer value to that investment. You are offered a very solidly built full-tower chassis that looks like nothing else offered out there today, except for its resemblance to its brethren of the Graphite Series. You get all the modularity, customizability, and water cooling potential you could really ever need. There is a six channel fan controller built-in with three speeds to choose from, and there is the illumination that not only accents the chassis, but also makes use of the 780T in the dark much easier with its illuminated front I/O panel.
The list really goes on and on. While we did see a few minor issues, hopefully retail cases will have these all sorted out. Even with the issues at play in our mind, we still find ourselves really liking this design, and what it offers, even if it is a bit pricy.
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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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