Corsair Graphite 760T Full-Tower Chassis Review

Corsair Graphite 760T Full-Tower Chassis Review

Corsair is adding two more cases to the Graphite Series, and today, we take a tour of the new Graphite 760T.

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Published Thu, Mar 27 2014 8:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:32 PM CDT
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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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.

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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.

Packaging

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Corsair delivers the Graphite Series 760T in a plain brown cardboard box with just black used for the illustrations and text. To the left is a large rendering of the chassis, while to the right are the descriptions of the design and the options. At the bottom is the naming for this chassis and shows it is a full-tower design.

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On this smaller side, near the top, we find a sticker showing this is white and that it includes a window. Below that is a trio of the specifications lists in various languages, and at the bottom, there are dimensional renderings of the chassis with an illustration of the internal layout as well.

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The back of the box gives us an exploded diagram of the chassis design, and even while the lettering wasn't added to the packaging correctly, all of the components are listed there next to the image. The bottom section repeats the options section we saw on the front, just this time it is repeated in four other languages.

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The last panel is much like what we saw on the opposing side of the box. This time, the specifications charts are offered in three new languages, and we again have the dimensional renderings of the chassis at the bottom.

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Packaging that is typically reserved for only the top-tier products is what protects the 760T inside of the cardboard. Instead of Styrofoam, there is high density foam, which works much better than Styrofoam in our opinion for most instances. On the inside, rather than a simple plastic bag, the 760T comes wrapped in a cloth protective layer encasing it and protecting it against minor scratches. This along with cling plastic on the window and some tape across the front of the chassis allowed our Graphite Series 760T to arrive in pristine condition.

Corsair Graphite Series 760T Full-Tower Chassis

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The front of the 760T offers a black front bezel that delivers three 5.25-inch bay covers followed below with a vast expanse of mesh. This mesh panel will pop out for easy cleaning and access to the front fans. Keeping things subtle with the naming, there is a very small logo with the company name at the very bottom edge of the bezel.

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The front bezel protrudes a bit past the steel panels to allow room for the front I/O panel. Here we are given 3.5mm jacks and a fan speed toggle to the left. There are two pairs of USB ports, one set of USB 2.0 and one set of USB 3.0, in the middle, and to the right are the backlit reset and power buttons. Looking below that, we can see the button for the stealth bay cover in the top bay to keep the look clean when the drive is installed.

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At the top of the chassis, you will find a plastic cover over the majority of the top panel. This is held in place magnetically, and when removed, allows access to mount the fans there and allows them to breathe. The nice thing is, if kids enter the room or you go away for a bit, you can put the cover back on and protect against accidents.

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The left side of the chassis offers this huge tinted side window. At the top and bottom, there is a stripe of white steel to match the rest of the case, but the handle is cut right into the window near the front. Opening this latch allows the door to swing past 180 degrees, and it even comes off completely.

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The back of the chassis offers passive ventilation at the top followed by the rear I/O and the exhaust fan. Moving down some more, we find nine expansion slots with knock-outs for water cooling to the right. That leaves us with the PSU to be installed at the bottom.

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The right side of the chassis also takes on similar styling to the left panel. Here instead of the window, they use a solid black plastic insert to deliver style to this side rather than a more plain design. This door is also hinged at the rear of the chassis and opens past 180 degrees.

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Under the chassis, we see very large feet used in this design. Both the front and the back offer wide plastic feet that go side to side and have rubber pads applied to keep it in one place. We also see that there is a dust filter that pulls out from the back of the chassis for the PSU, but the optional fan location is filter-less.

Inside the Graphite Series 760T

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With the side panels off of the chassis, we get our first look inside of the 760T. Inside, we find the fan wiring as well as the front I/O wiring all bundled and tied back for transit, and we can also see the hardware box in the HDD bay nearest the front of the chassis.

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The trio of 5.25-inch bays offer tool-less latches on this side of the bays, and these can be backed up with screws on the other side and at the left side of the tool-less latches. The top bay is shifted back slightly to allow for the stealth bay cover to stay in place and function properly.

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Instead of stacking a pair of HDD cages, Corsair has set them side by side and allowed the fans to have mostly unimpeded flow into the main section of the chassis. This also allows the view of the SSD racks clipped into rails just to the right of the motherboard tray.

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Of course, the cages on the floor can be completely removed by taking out 6 screws from the floor of the chassis. The bays could also be stacked if that is desired, but we are removing them for testing since there are still the four SSD racks to house our test drive.

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Looking out the top of the chassis, we see room for three 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans, but the grommets will need to be moved to the 140mm holes if you plan to go that route. This area will also hold a radiator and fans easily with the room above the motherboard tray.

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The tray has plenty of wire management holes--some with and some without grommets--tie points galore, and can house mini-ITX on up to and including XL-ATX motherboards.

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At the bottom of the chassis, there is plenty of room for whatever PSU you choose to install, and with the HDD cages removed, we can also see the optional fan location. At the bottom of the motherboard tray, we are given two holes with grommets, and if the PSU is really long, there is a third open hole to get the wiring hidden behind the tray.

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The back of the chassis offers a grey bladed and black framed AF140L fan to exhaust the chassis, and it along with the other pair of fans are powered via a 3-pin connector. We can also see that the expansion slot covers and any cards will be secured with black thumbscrews.

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Behind the motherboard tray, we find 20-25mm of room for wiring depending on where the measurement is taken. The wiring is tended to and isn't all that badly done. Where there is typically an open space behind HDD bays, this time we get the four plastic SSD trays to keep wiring from being stored there.

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The chassis wiring contains a SATA power connector and four 4-pin fan connections for the fan toggle speed controller on the front of the case. The HD Audio, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, the front switch, and LED wiring have plenty of length to them and are sleeved black entirely, or as far as functionally possible.

Accessories and Documentation

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Inside of the hardware box, we find this assortment of goodies. There are four wire ties provided along with a single extra standoff. In the bags below, we have plenty of short fan screws, ODD screws, SSD screws for the cages, motherboard and PSU screws, four long fan screws, and a set of four M3 screws that we did not use.

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Packaged in a plastic envelope outside of the chassis, we found the manual and warranty information. The installation guide, as they call it, walks through everything from parts to an exploded view and down to the install of each component with rendering and text that helps even the most novice user. As for the warranty information, this informs you of what is and what is not covered under the duration of the warranty period.

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The SSD racks attach to the case in two ways. Nearest the front, they use a pair of tabs to lock into the steel frame. As for the SSD, it simply slides in and the tab on the front edge that is extended out now will hold the drive in place. The coolest thing about these trays is that once it is installed back into the chassis, the sticker on the SSD is on full display inside of the chassis.

The Build and Finished Product

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The front bezel seemed a bit tricky to remove, but with a bit of finesse, we were able to get it out of the way for the DVD drive installation. We are choosing the top slot so we can use the stealth cover. We also can see the 140mm fans installed here that will glow with white LEDs when the chassis is powered.

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Even though it can't be seen, we do have the DVD drive behind the cover, and unless you plan to add some sort of additional fan controller or card reader, even with an ODD in use, we don't lose that sleek look we got right out of the box.

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Even with an ATX motherboard in place, there is a ton of room left to tend to the wiring and get the major components mounted. We did go with sleeved extension cables to keep things very clean and tidy, and we really dig the view of the SSD to the right of the motherboard.

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On our test board, the CPU heat sink and the top of the DIMM locks are at the same height. By taking a tape measure and placing it against the inside of the roof of the chassis, we see there is three and eleven sixteenths inches of room. For those who work in millimeters, it is near 93mm of room for fans and a radiator.

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Out back of the chassis, there is very little to discuss because everything just fits that well. The rear I/O shield, the card, and the PSU all lined up and went into place without much fuss at all.

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We did rewire the chassis to fit our needs a bit better, but it is easy to see what sort of room we have here. Even with extensions and the bulky connections on them, everything fit well and stayed where it needed to.

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As we get ready for our last look around the chassis and get to our testing, we took a few steps back so that you can soak in what the finished 760T could look like. Even with the tinted window on the side panel and without any lighting inside, you are still able to have a great view of everything inside of this chassis.

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When the chassis is first powered, only the larger power button on the right was illuminated full time. As we sat and waited for the SSD to boot up, we were also able to catch one of the flickers of LED seen behind the smaller reset button.

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As we again move back slightly, we also see that the two 140mm fans that are installed in the front of the chassis also show through the mesh once the white LEDs are lit. They do add a bit of pop to the front of the chassis but do not flood the room with light while doing so.

Final Thoughts

For all the reasons we liked the 600T so much, we find all of that and some with the newest Graphite series chassis to hit the market. The exterior styling definitely shows some lineage to the earlier design, and who doesn't like when the manufacturer sees what is being done to the chassis in the aftermarket world and decides to just incorporate their own take on that idea? What is the best part about this is that while the 600T had an optional clear side panel you could purchase separately, this time around it is incorporated, and the overall cost to the customer does not take the huge hit to the wallet as if you were to go about it the other way around. Not only did Corsair stay true to the chassis that made the Graphite Series a huge success in the first place, but there is no denying their sleek and elegant way of delivering the next best idea in what the Graphite Series is with this 760T.

Inside and out, there are plenty of features to keep you adapting and building onto the PC as money shows up to add things like digital displays, water cooling, or even if you just plan to fill all of the fan holes, you then would have up to seven 120mm fans or up to six 140mm ones. Since we mentioned water cooling, we may as well continue with the fact that a dual-120mm or dual-140mm radiator can go in the front, a triple-120mm or a dual-140mm can go in the top with over 90mm of clearance, and if you wanted to, you can also stick a single radiator in the back and floor of the chassis in either 120mm or 140mm sizes.

A fully equipped front I/O panel with a fan controller that takes the fans from full speed at 42dB to a more suitable level for most users at 30 dB when the toggle is set to the lower fan speed setting is very handy to have. It is also very handy to have a chassis that can house motherboards over the ATX standard. Previously offered cases from Corsair have had a bend in the tray that would prevent that, but it's not present here.

Looking deeper into the design, the six 3.5-inch drive trays and the pair of cages can be left sitting side by side to allow plenty of air flow and room for expansion cards. They can also be stacked right behind the fans, one on top of the other, or they can be completely removed, and even here, the screws that need to be removed are all accessible without having to take off the large single front foot of the chassis, and we really like when designs think out every angle. The SSD trays are just the coolest thing since sliced cheese in our opinion.

Not only do they allow users to put the SSD on display for anyone to see it, the area they use is typically wasted space in most chassis designs. While not a first to see this sort of arrangement, it definitely shows that Corsair isn't about putting a new wig on the same old design; they definitely brought their A-game when designing the Graphite Series 760T, and it is a definite step forward in the Graphite Series line of cases.

While you may be catching this review on release day, and availability may be somewhat limited still, the MSRP of this chassis is in no way out of bounds. In fact, when looking back to the 600T's release price, we see that the 760T is only demanding $10 more than the white 600T that we tested. As for how it compares against all other full-tower designs, the Graphite Series 760T will stand tall against quite a bit of the competition.

First of all, the aesthetics are pretty stellar in our opinion, and we like the slightly more aggressive look of the way the panels sort of just peek out around the bezel. Also with internal and external water cooling options, along with the ability for a radiator with push/pull fans at the top, it shows not only does Corsair listen to its customers, but that they can also deliver exactly what everyone wanted, and at a fairly decent price point that, to us, is right on point and well worth every penny of that $189.99 US MSRP; you surely won't be disappointed in this purchase!

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.

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