Best Of The Best, Part 2: Who Makes The Most Elite PC Case?

Corsair Graphite 760T

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).

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  • blackmagnum
    Answer (YMMV): Thermaltake Level 10 GT.
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  • Crashman
    Anonymous said:
    Answer (YMMV): Thermaltake Level 10 GT.

    You know the original Level 10 was probably "more elite"

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/level-10-fortress-2,2594-5.html
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  • vertexx
    Hope the Phanteks Enthoo Primo is part of the final - will we have to wait another 2 months for that?
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  • ykki
    I wish that they would use the new powercolor devil 13 290x (their version of the 295X2) for their tests
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Who makes the most elite cases? Corsair and NZXT, no need for investigation :) Still, a nice roundup.
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  • Drejeck
    There are some cases CNC made, you should talk about this indipendent manufacturers. On SweClockers I saw the best mini ITX computer ever made, with 2 ssds, 2 fans, a picopsu and a discrete graphic card with riser card.
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  • Drejeck
    Anyway my guess was Lian-Li and Silverstone
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  • eklipz330
    isn't this a purely subjective article? how can this be quantified?
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  • Neve12ende12
    I don't know much about cases, but I have an Azza Hurrican 2000 and I think it is pretty badass
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  • firefoxx04
    Phanteks Primo plz
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  • firefoxx04
    ID like to see these cases fitted with large radiators.. that is what the case labs is geared for after all.
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  • xenol
    CaseLabs is just one of those companies I don't get. Sure they give you a ton of customization options but I don't know, for $300 on a case like that?

    At least the $210 I spent on a Silverstone FT02 was worth it.
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  • beoza
    For the price of that CaseLabs case I'd rather get the CM Cosmos II, and save about $60. Sure it's an older design but it just looks so much better to me. The only downside with the Cosmos II is it's big and bulky weighing at just over 47lbs empty.
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  • whiteodian
    Quote:
    There are some cases CNC made, you should talk about this indipendent manufacturers. On SweClockers I saw the best mini ITX computer ever made, with 2 ssds, 2 fans, a picopsu and a discrete graphic card with riser card.
    Links please : D

    Here is a link to something similar I won at a LAN party. Comes in a badass briefcase. http://nfc-systems.com/mini/
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  • Electromikey
    Without having used any of the other cases, I can say that I had the pleasure of building a system in the 760T recently (a friend had me build him a monster rig), and it was one of my favorite builds I've ever done. The case looks freakin' gorgeous under his desk, too.
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  • TheMentalist
    Every time i see articles like this one, it kinda bugs me that the Vengeance C70 is so underrated, damn love that case, even though it's old. Not saying that these cases aren't good.
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  • redgarl
    Fractal Design R2 XL... best Full Tower case for 100$. Nothing came close.
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  • redgarl
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe, Pro and Primo should be part of your next article.
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  • Karsten75
    the TL;DR - we have an unrealistic benchmark, got some sub-par cases and non should be worthy of an award? Next time do't specify a price as cut-off.
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  • Phillip Wager
    out of these the thermaltake would take my money but i think phanteks has the best "elite" case on the market right now.
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