Good day, peoples, and how are we this fine Day of Thor?
Every once in a while, I like to take a bit of a break from the standard power supply fare here at the site and review other things. Initially, I was going to review this ingrown hair on my chin. But then I decided that if I really wanted people to read the review, I should write about something of more interest to my fellow computer geeks.
So, we're going to take a look at Corsair's latest and greatest full tower case, the Graphite 760T. There are a lot of features promised by this here case, as you can see from the above box shot. But instead of blowing a bunch of time exploring the box claims in detail, I'm going to do what I usually do... build a system with this case and discover all the neat-o features as I go along.
Before I do that, however, we'll get at least a couple more box shots out of the way first. Hmm.. the specs are probably a bit too hard to read, even in the full size shot:
Dimensions (L x W x H)
22.2" x 9.7" x 22.4" 564mm x 246mm x 568mm
Steel, polycarbonate windows, and molded ABS plastic front fascia
Four tool-free 2.5" SSD side-mounted drive bays Six 3.5" / 2.5" combo drive bays (room for a total of 12 with the purchase of two additional modular drive cages)
Top: 360mm or 280mm Front: 280mm or 240mm Rear: 140mm or 120mm
AF140L 140mm front intake fans with LEDs (x2) AF140L 140mm rear exhaust fan (x1)
Additional fan mounts
Two 140mm or three 120mm top fan mounts One 120mm bottom fan mount
Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, Extended ATX, XL-ATX
USB 3.0 (x2) USB 2.0 (x2) Headphone (x1) Microphone (x1) Dual-speed fan selector for performance or silence (x1)
Power supply support
ATX (not included)
I have to say there are a lot of features appearing on this box that I saw with the Obsidian 750D. The most obvious of these would be the 2.5" drive caddies, which were pretty cool. In the time since that earlier review, however, I found those a little tricky to manage. When used for my main rig, I had some trouble getting all the wiring for my three hard drives in there and still using these things for an SSD. It's really, really tight.
We'll have to see if this case has the same issue.
Time to do some unpacking.
And there's our case now. I have to say, this is better looking to me than the 750D was. And I loved the way that one looked already.
Already, I see one feature that is a vast improvement on the 750D. Namely, the use of the grab handle to open the side of the case without messing with knurled screws on the back. Granted, the knurled screw approach could technically be called tool free access, but it isn't really. This is true tool free access.
A straight on view of the front panel shows us a couple of LED fans behind the grille on the lower part of the case, with three optical bays up top.
Removing the grille with integrated air filter for cleaning is as easy as can be. In fact, this is another improvement on the 750D, which required you to pop the front panel off and then you could access the air filter. By combining the two on this case, Corsair is saving you some time.
And it comes off the front of the case in the same way: press in at the top, and the two catches release. Easy as pie.
Here's a better look at the optical bays, and... oh, no... that's a stealth optical drive cover on the topmost bay. I... HATE... those. Hate them. With a passion. Why? Because you then have to find an optical drive that's compatible with them. You usually have to take the bezel off the optical drive to install and use them. Often, the eject button is in the wrong place. Or if it is, the button on the stealth cover won't engage it. These things suck.
But, we'll give this one a chance. I have two drives to try with it, a Pioneer DVD burner and a Lite-On DVD combo drive. Surely, one of them has to work.
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