Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Immediately after the Graphite Series 600T was unboxed, we took to it like a duck to water. There was so much going on with the outside of the chassis, and the way they blended the rounded panels into the top and sides seamlessly was very easy on the eyes. We liked the original 600T in white so much that when they released the 760T, as much as we enjoyed the styling, we actually passed that chassis on to our storage reviewer Tyler. This way, Tyler was able to enjoy what the 760T had to offer, and we were able to keep our 600T in service as well. On top of the styling, the interior layouts between the 600T and the 760T were very similar, with very minor changes to the way they both functioned. The Graphite Series chassis we have today takes its heritage into consideration in terms of style, and the interior keeps a lot of what we expect in the Graphite Series, but the panels have been retooled specific to this new chassis.
We know we cannot be the only ones who found the revolutionary styling of the 600T attractive. Some have said the 600T looked like a Storm Trooper, but once tipped on its side, we think it looks like a 60's Camaro. The rounded edges and thick plastic panels offer a more feminine, curved approach, much like the sexy Detroit Iron of the 40's, 50's, and 60's.
When the 760T came along, things were more refined. The 760T featured much more aggressive angles than the 600T offered, but it still won us over, and we really liked it. So, as we now move into the third release of the Graphite Series, we find a mix of both exteriors of its predecessors, but the entire design has been refined, and now offers some really outstanding capabilities.
Since the NDA has been lifted, we can now tell you that we are here today to look at the latest and greatest from Corsair's Graphite Series of cases, the 780T. With its heritage in mind, and its sights set on the stars, Corsair has sent along the 780T full-tower chassis for us to review. This chassis definitely has its roots with its older brothers, but with a more elegant approach, and a feature set that outshines any other Graphite chassis. With high hopes ourselves, we hope you are just as excited as we are to see what all the hype surrounding this chassis has been about. So, without further ado, let's dive deep into Corsair's new Graphite Series 780T full-tower chassis.
Digging through the press kit, we found a specifications chart provided by Corsair, and with the build already behind us, we can verify these specifications are all correct. In this full-tower chassis, you can install all the typical motherboards from Mini-ITX through ATX motherboards. This chassis also has room to allow for E-ATX and XL-ATX boards. This ability to fit larger motherboards is due to the enlarged dimensions of the 780T. The 780T features 602mm of height, 288mm of width, and 637mm of depth.
While the top, front, and the bottom of the chassis do have thick, rounded plastic bezels that give this chassis most of its shape and design, the side panels, the back, and all of the internal components (sans the drive trays) are all made of painted steel. This rings true whether you are buying the black version, the white version, or the yellow version that Corsair plans to release in the future. The last thing we should mention about its size, and looks would have to be the large window in the left side of this chassis; although it is tinted, it will offer a large, unobstructed view of the interior.
Speaking of the interior, we found a pair of 5.25" bays with tool-free mechanisms at the top front of the chassis. Following a short gap, we then found the modular HDD rack with six trays that support either a 2.5" or a 3.5" drive on each tray. Moving back, we ran into a motherboard tray with plenty of wire management holes (filled where visible with grommets), a few tie points, and a very large cooler access hole. At the back of the chassis we found nine expansion slots to house plenty of cards, and cards used here can be up to 355mm in length. As for other limitations, there is 200mm of room for the CPU cooler, and 260mm of room for the power supply. Now we see why Corsair labels them as "clearances" and not "limitations."
Cooling for this chassis is where things get interesting. Starting with the top of the chassis, there is support for two 140mm fans, or three 120mm fans with plenty of offset from the motherboard for some serious water cooling. If the drive rack and base are removed, this opens up a lot of real-estate on the inside. While the front offers a pair of pre-installed 140mm fans, the steel is drilled for three 120mm fans as well. Without the rack in play, space for radiator thickness is only limited by budget and video cards. Also, with the drive rack out of the bottom of the chassis, there will be plenty of room for the PSU at the back. This will also allow room in the front for a pair of 120mm fans, and depending on how the front is set up, this also has the potential to house a radiator. We found the final fan in the 780T at the back of the chassis, and it is the third AF140L fan; unlike the two fans at the front, this one is not LED illuminated.
So, all we have left to cover here are the availability and pricing. We can tell you that availability is limited only to media as we write this, but we fully expect this chassis to release with gusto on the shelves of your favorite haunts; they just have to wait like we did. However, we were given the MSRP of this chassis, and there are two price points. If you would like to own what we are about to show you in all black, the MSRP is set to $179. If you like the white version that we were shipped, or want to take a crack at the yellow option, the MSRP for both is raised to $189.
While the 780T isn't a limited production of say, only 500 made, considering the other cases we have seen, this is one of the more expensive submissions since we took a look at the Enthoo Primo. The Primo carried an even slightly higher price tag than this, but it definitely gets our mind rolling in the right direction as far as what to expect from a chassis in this range. From what we have already seen in this design, we think those that do like this chassis would buy it even if it were neck and neck with the Primo. The 780T is an entirely different beast, and Corsair does bring forth one hell of a contender for your money.
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