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Corsair Graphite Series 230T Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 6:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Corsair

Inside the Graphite Series 230T




After removing the panels by removing the screw in the back and sliding them forward, full access to the interior is granted. For transportation, the wiring is tended to and run through the management holes, and the hardware is found in the HDD rack, to keep both of them from tumbling free inside the chassis and possibly scratching the paint or the side window.




The trio of 5.25" bays have tool-free mechanisms on this side of the bays. To operate them, you slide the drive in, and you have to lift the tab to get the pins out of the way. Once the drive is past the pins, release the tab and wait for the satisfying click as they loch the ODD into place.




At the bottom of the front of this chassis, you will find ample space for the top 120mm fan to blow directly into the chassis. Below that is the removable HDD cage that supports four 2.5" drives and four 3.5" drives in the lower section, and all of them work without the need for screws.




Inside of the roof of the chassis, there is in fact ample room for a pair of fans, but not enough for any sort of radiator, unless you plan to somehow deal with the lack of space above the motherboard standoffs for a thin radiator and fans both to fit inside.




The motherboard tray is inset from the rest of the frame, is ready to have an ATX motherboard installed after removing that extra standoff in the Micro-ATX location. There are also three large wire management holes and a really big CPU cooler access hole.




The floor of the 230T offers raised sections of metal to support the PSU, and if cabling allows for it, one could install an optional fan here too. There is also a large oval hole at the bottom of the motherboard tray to allow all the PSU wiring to easily get behind the tray.




Inside the rear of the chassis there is a plain black 120mm fan installed. Also, the seven ventilates expansion slot covers use thumbscrews. This keeps things simple and speedy when adding or removing cards.




Behind the motherboard tray there is 25mm of space at minimum where the bulk of the tray is. As you move into the lower channel and off to the left, there is 30mm of room to allow for wiring to run more freely there. Seven tie points is a bit on the low side, but at least they are positioned well.




The wiring is all black to allow it to virtually disappear into the build, and they contain the native USB 3.0 connection, the HD Audio connection, and the four header wires for the LEDs and switches. What you don't see is that all three of the 120mm fans have 3-pin connection you need to supply with power.

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