Last year, our crew over in Germany reviewed Corsair's Obsidian 900D (Corsair Obsidian 900D Review: Making Room For High-End Gear). That story left us looking for fresh alternatives for this year’s round-up. We didn’t need to look long; the company's Graphite 760T had already been thrown into the running for a design award at CES 2014. Though it didn't end up winning, Corsair was still willing to send us the final product for evaluation.
Hopes for a glass-and-aluminum structure to compete with the previously-reviewed In Win Tòu were dashed by the 760T’s steel-and-plastic construction. But Corsair explains those materials with a $190 price tag. That’s right. Corsair is shooting for value at the high-end.
While value might not be the point of this comparison, we still have great appreciation for the 760T’s features, starting with a two-speed fan controller on the top panel to complement an array of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and headset connectors. I'm also pleased by the painted finish, which resists fine scratches (haze) far better than molded-in color.
The back of the 760T offers nine expansion slots, which could make this a better choice for XL-ATX motherboards than, say, CaseLabs submission. As with that competitor, both of the Graphite's side panels are rear-hinged and can be lifted out of hinge pins when opened.
Unlike the Merlin, however, Corsair's Graphite 760T has filters on both its front-panel and bottom intakes. Some enthusiasts complain that rear-access filters require turning the case around to service. But they're still more convenient than the universal filters offered by build-it-yourself companies.
The front panel uses click fittings. Push once to lock, push again to unlock. Two lighted 140 mm fans are included (in contrast to CaseLabs, which doesn't include or even sell fans to fill its mounting points).
- Another Look At Elite ATX Cases
- CaseLabs Merlin SM08
- Inside The Merlin SM08
- Building With The Merlin SM08
- Corsair Graphite 760T
- Inside The Graphite 760T
- Building With The Graphite 760T
- Thermaltake Urban T81
- Inside The Urban T81
- Building With The Urban T81
- How We Tested The Elite ATX Cases
- Heat, Noise and Heat Vs. Noise
- Which Case Offers The Best Features And Quality?