Corsair Graphite 760T Case Reviewby E. Fylladitakis on March 27, 2014 1:10 PM EST
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.