Final Words 

The Corsair Graphite 760T is the company's latest addition to a series designed to offer versatility to advanced users. It would seem that Corsair released it as an advanced version of the basic 230T and a successor to the highly successful 600T. As such, the Graphite 760T is a product that should have been perfectly balanced, both practically and aesthetically, as it targets a very broad but highly demanding audience.

In terms of design, the Graphite 760T does very well. Although it is based on the Graphite 230T, the design has been improved greatly, is well balanced, and will undoubtedly appeal to a very broad spectrum of users. The use of too much plastic may drive away those that appreciate the cold appearance of metallic surfaces but, on the other hand, we feel that the nicely applied transparent acrylic left door and glossy right door will appeal to a far greater number of users. However, if a clean look is required, we strongly suggest replacing or disconnecting the front LED fans, as they seem to be doing more harm than good on the appearance of the case. We should also note that, in our opinion, the Graphite 760T looks rather ugly without its top cover installed. Corsair could have included a mechanism, even a mere spacer, to lift the cover by a few mm, allowing airflow without having to remove it completely.

The stock cooling performance of the Graphite 760T is good but it could have been significantly better for a case this size. Corsair rightfully attempted to balance the thermal performance with acoustics and, since the Graphite 760T has not been designed to block noise from exiting the case, quiet stock cooling fans have been chosen. In order to improve the thermal performance of the Graphite 760T, some acoustics performance will have to be sacrificed and vice versa.

For instance, the addition of cooling options at the top of the case will definitely improve the thermal performance significantly but will add to the noise output of the case. Even the simple removal of the cover will give noise a wide area from which to escape. Of course, there are devices that offer excellent performance and generate very little noise but such combinations are usually rather costly and the 760T is already somewhat expensive. Still, the Graphite 760T offers a great variety of options and combinations, allowing each end user to find their desired balance between thermal performance, acoustics, and cost.

In summary, the Corsair Graphite 760T is a product that can offer a balance of everything. It is aesthetically attractive without being too aggressive, offers good stock thermal performance without being too noisy, and is very versatile without being too expensive. There are some minor flaws involved with the removable HDD cages but none of these are critical. Although with careful planning one can build a very low noise system inside the Graphite 760T, it would not be our first choice for that specific purpose. On the other hand, for those seeking a spacious, versatile, and well-designed case, the Corsair Graphite 760T is sure to please.

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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
  • soldier45 - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Go with the times or get left behind. I only use 1 optical drive. Its 2015. Reply

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