Corsair Graphite 760T Exterior

It seems that Corsair is trying to have every case under the same series based on a similar aesthetic design. Much like the Obsidian 450D that was released two days ago (review forthcoming), which is strikingly similar to the rest of the Obsidian cases, the Graphite 760T looks like a distant cousin of the much simpler Graphite 230T. It features a balanced, slightly aggressive postmodern design, with the panels of the case engulfing the plastic front fascia and tall feet lifting the chassis several centimeters above the ground.

The Graphite 760T is being marketed as a case for advanced users but it is not targeted towards a specific group of users, such as gamers; therefore, we feel that Corsair's balanced design is perfect. The chassis of the case is made out of SECC steel but there is a lot of plastic in use. We should also note that the Arctic White version of the case obviously is not entirely white, as can be seen in our pictures; parts of the side, top and bottom panels are white but the rest of the case remains black, including the entirety of the front fascia.

The front I/O ports can be found nicely arranged at the top side of the front fascia. There are three 5.25" bays, one of which has a cover for a typical optical drive. Corsair most likely felt that three bays is a good choice because one can be used for an optical drive leaving two for a large fan controller or a similar device. The rest of the faceplate is covered by a metallic mesh filter that can be removed by simply applying a little pressure at the top two corners simultaneously (preferably while the system is not powered on). It conceals the two intake 140mm fans; both stock intake fans feature white lighting that, due to the positioning and nature of the LED lights, is distributed unevenly across the meshed part of the fascia.

The side panels of the Graphite 760T are perhaps its most notable feature. Instead of using typical metallic side covers, Corsair installed latched, hinged doors that open backwards. Most of the surface of the left side panel is transparent acrylic (note again that the 730T lacks the window), while the right side panel is glossy black. Both doors are plastic, a good thing considering their size and thickness, as metallic doors would probably make the weight of the already heavy case unbearable.

A plastic white cover is magnetically attached on the metallic frame of the top panel. Removing it is a simple matter, as it can be simply pulled off, revealing a large meshed surface. While the cover is attached, the mesh is practically sealed and it has no part in cooling the case. Up to three 120mm or 140mm fans can be installed there if the cover is removed, or a liquid cooling radiator up to 360mm long and 140mm wide (so you can choose between 3x120mm or 2x140mm).

The bottom panel of the chassis also is white, in order to match the theme of the case, but the tall plastic legs of the case are black. There is a filter under the PSU intake fan that can be removed for cleaning by simply pulling it off from the back of the case. The rear part of the Graphite 760T is black as well, with a perforated area near the top and perforated expansion card covers. There are two round holes for liquid cooling hoses and/or cables but without rubber grommets; they come with solid metal covers that can be permanently punched out. Although the use of an external liquid cooling kit with a case this size is rather uncommon, the installation of two rubber grommets should definitely be standard on a $189 case.

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  • rcarlos243 - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - link

    $189 for a plastic case, really.... Reply
  • mmrezaie - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - link

    apparently! Reply
  • chrome_slinky - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - link

    I agree, it is a lot for that. Also, 3 5.25" open to the front? For that kind of money, I'd expect to see at least 4, and preferably 5 or 6. Simply because most don't use removable media doesn't mean that everyone is that way, and besides, there are some two and three bay displays which would severely limit this case in usefulness, were they to be a part of the build. Reply
  • peterfares - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - link

    Front drive bays is a bit of an odd thing to complain about. 3 is way more than 99% of people will use. There are other case options if you want to make a disc replicating station. Reply
  • Haravikk - Monday, March 31, 2014 - link

    Actually I prefer to have cases with as many 5.25" bays as possible, with adapters to transform them into 2.5"/3.5" bays and/or fan mounts. This is dead easy to do (especially for an expensive case, I've bought $40 cases with it) and it gives a much greater degree of flexibility in how you configure the case, plus it gives you as much space as possible for accessories designed to fit 5.25" bays such as fan-controllers, extra I/O panels, hot-swappable hard drive backplanes and so-on.

    Don't get me wrong, for smaller cases you should absolutely ditch all things optical to conserve space, but if the case is going to be tower sized anyway, then I prefer flexibility above all. I mean, by the same logic, who needs 6-12 hard drive slots? Most gamers use two; an SSD and an HDD, probably with an external drive for backup since you can plug it into another machine if you need to (so you aren't stuck if your motherboard, CPU, PSU or even GPU, if you have no other video chip, fails on you).

    For the price I'd also expect a much less ugly case, and a temperature controlled fan controller, rather than a basic manual one.
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  • 7amood - Sunday, April 06, 2014 - link

    I need at least 8 hard drive slots. Reply
  • Earballs - Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - link

    It seems clear to me that the customer should be able to decide. Options are always fun. ;) Reply
  • Subyman - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - link

    Yuck! I'd prefer to not have any. The bays are the ugliest part of this case. I'd like to see a proper fan controller integrated into the case and the front being all intake, perhaps fit a 360 rad there. I have a USB CD drive that I pull out whenever I need it. Reply
  • Antronman - Sunday, March 30, 2014 - link

    There are people who would like to fit an Asus OC Panel or Front Base along with their fan controller and a DVD/BLR drive. It needs an extra 5.25" Reply
  • E.Fyll - Friday, March 28, 2014 - link

    Well, actually, from an engineering point of view, the whole "plastic vs metal" thing is just a silly debate. Plastic is a material that, depending on its composition and density, can have far superior characteristics that even the best of metals. Actually, it can be so much harder and lighter than metal that plastics are being added to both vehicle and personal armor to stop piercing projectiles. The front panel of the 760T is far more rigid than the flimsy metallic panels of cheap cases, for example. Plastic can easily be far more flexible, lighter and damage resistant than SECC steel or even aluminum, it depends on the quality of the plastic used.

    As for the appearance/prestige goes, it is a subjective matter and I am with you on this one; I too would probably prefer a cold, minimalistic, all-metal case myself. That is not true for everyone though and it does not mean that the design of the 760T is bad.
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