Last month I had the chance to check out Corsairs 380T. It didn’t take long before it made it up near the top of my must buy list for a LANrig. Today I’m going to see what Corsair has going on in the full size market with their 760T. It shares a lot of the same features as the 380T so I have high hopes. Sadly, the 760T is only available in white or black so there isn’t an eye catching color like the 380T’s yellow but our “Graphite Black” sample still looked good at first glance. Let’s find out what it has going on when we give it a closer look.

Product Name: Corsair Graphite Series 760T

Review Sample Provided by: Corsair

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

Form Factor

Full-Tower

Color

Arctic White or Graphite Black

Dimensions

564mm x 246mm x 568mm

Motherboard Support

Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX

Maximum GPU Length

450mm

Maximum CPU Cooler Height

170mm

Maximum PSU Length

240mm

Expansion Slots

9

Drive Bays

(x3) 5.25in

(x4) 2.5in

(x6) Combo 3.5in/2.5in

Power Supply

ATX (not included)

External Connections

(x2) USB 2.0

(x2) USB 3.0

(x1) Fan Controller

(x1) Headphone Port

(x1) Microphone Port

Fan Mount Locations

Front: (x2) 120/140mm

Top: (x3) 120mm or (x2) 140mm

Rear: (x1) 120/140mm

Bottom: (x1) 120mm

Fans Included

Front: (x2) 140mm

Rear: (x1) 140mm

Radiator Mount Locations

Front: 240/280mm

Top: 240/280/360mm

Rear: 120/140mm

Bottom: 120mm

Compatible Corsair Liquid Coolers

H55, H60, H75, H80i, H90, H100i, H105, H110

Material

Steel

Weight

11.2kg

Warranty

Two Years

 


Packaging

Just like the 380T, the 760T keeps things simple with a brown cardboard box. Corsair did do the front of the box up with a line drawing of the 760T along with a short description. Across the bottom, the 760T logo is huge and impossible to miss. On the back of the box there is another line drawing, but this time the 760T is broken down piece by piece with a few of its features highlighted. On the side of the box, you do get a full specification listing as well as drawings of the 760T with dimensions. This is also where they put a sticker that shows what color model you have.

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Inside the box the 760T is wrapped up in a microfiber bag to keep it safe from any scratches and then protected by foam on each side.

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Outside

Much like the 380T the 760T has a very unique look to it. The overall shape of the 760T is like any other case. It’s mostly the side panel window that looks completely different than what you would normally see. For starters the side panel is hinged so it swings open and close like a car door. Corsair built in a large handle to latch the door to the case and to make it all easy to open up. On top of the handle the side panel also uses small magnets to make sure the door closes completely. The side panel window basically takes up the entire side panel. In fact the side panel is a window with two small strips of plastic across the top and bottom. The window has a nice tint to it that matches the black case as well. This is completely different than what you normally see in cases, but it looks great.

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The front of the 760T carries over the same styling that most Corsair Graphite Series cases have with the large mesh panel that takes up 2/3rds of the front of the case. When you push on the mesh at the top there are two snap locks that release the panel to give you access to the front mounted fans and to clean the front filter. Up top you get three 5.25 inch drive bays with the top having a built in DVD open button. This means you can expand things as needed but if you are only running a disc drive you can still keep the clean look.

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Right at the top of the front panel we have the front I/O panel. For connections you get two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports all next to each other. Corsair did give them a little space between each plug to help when using thick USB drives but I think things will still be tight with drives like Corsir’s Flash Survivor. Over on the left you get headphone and microphone plugs, each with a small printed logo next to the plug to help you know what is what. Next to the audio ports is a small fan speed button that flips between silent and performance modes for the two 140mm intake fans. Then over on the right side you get a reset button and a power button that is about twice the size of the reset button.

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The top of the 760T is interesting as well. At first glance it is just a solid top but it is actually a removable panel. The panel is held in place by magnets and under it you will find that the entire top of the case is vented. Here you can mount three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. Corsair even preinstalled rubber vibration mounts for the 120mm configuration.

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The right side of the 760T looks just like the left hand side panel at first glance but there is one big difference. The left side panel has the tinted window where the right side is also acrylic but a solid black. This gives the case the impression that both sides match but helps hide all of your wiring. That you stuffed behind the motherboard tray. It has the same hinged design and door latch as well. 

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Around on the back Corsair was careful to powdercoat everything to match the rest of the 760T. Starting up top there is a one inch tall vented section. Just below that is a 140/120mm fan grill with corsairs light grey fan peeking through. The fan sits next to the rear I/O hole. Just below that the 760T has an impressive 9 PCI expansion slots. Each slot is color matched to the back panel and each has small vents in the slot cover as well to give even more ventilation. To the right of the expansion slots is a panel with two knockouts just in case you need to expand your water cooling. Corsair also slipped in a Kensington lock hole as well for anyone who needs to make sure their PC isn’t going to walk away. Down at the bottom is the power supply mount. Just below the power supply if you look closely you can also see the handle for the bottom mounted fan filter, you can pull it out to clean it without flipping your PC onto its side.

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For feat the 760T has two angled legs that from front one side to the other. They angle out to towards the front of the case on the front foot and towards the rear of the case for the rear foot. Each foot has two small rubber feet on them as well to get you a little traction. They aren’t very big but they seem to keep the 760T secure even without anything in it. With the case flipped on its side we have a better look at the bottom mounted intake filter that is under the power supply. From this view we can also see another fan vent in the middle of the bottom but the fan filter doesn’t reach all the way too it.

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Inside

While the large side panel kindof gives the impression that this is a small case. Opening it up you can see that this is a big case. You get an impressive 9 expansion bays on the back to support the XL and E ATX boards. That means you can run quad SLI or Crossfire assuming your motherboard supports it. Even then you will still have an open slot even. Video card support is basically unlimited, you have the full length of the case left to right for the length of the card, room for any card currently made and some. There is about two inches from the top of the expansion slots to the door as well. This is getting more important to keep in mind these days with video cards getting taller and taller. That should be enough room for anything on the market as well.

For wiring I love that Corsair was careful to completely black everything out including the USB 3.0 cable. A lot of manufactures black everything out then leave the blue USB 3.0 cable. Speaking of wiring for wire management you get three grommeted holes along the right side of your motherboard and one at the bottom for wiring.

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The 760T has six toolless hard drive trays down in the bottom right corner. This is a great location because it is out of the way of your long video cards, close to the power supply for easy wiring, and directly in front of one of the front mounted intake fans. Being so close to the fans these drives should get enough airflow although I’m not sure that the drives on the left would get enough if also had drives in the right three trays. To install your 3.5 inch hard drive you just have to pull out the tray and stretch it over your hard drive, the pegs on the sides will snap into the mounting holes. You can also install 2.5 inch drives here as well but you will have to screw them to the bottom of the tray.

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Up in the top right corner all three of the 5.25 inch drive bays have toolless locks to lock things down. Your drive will slide in without any effort and snap into place.  To remove it you push the button and it will slide back into place. If you need to mount the traditional way you still can as well. If you want to go with a custom water cooling setup this is also a great place to mount your pump.

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At the rear of the 760T it comes with a 140mm exhaust fan. I was a little surprised that Corsair went with this off white/grey blade color, it looks great but it feels a little more like Fractal, for Corsair I would have expected a high end all black fan to go with the blacked out side panels.

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In addition to all of the grommeted holes for the wiring, the motherboard tray also has a large hole in it under your motherboard. The hole nearly reaches all four of the motherboard standoffs meaning the hole is almost the size of an ITX motherboard. This means you shouldn’t have an trouble getting at a CPU backplate, especially with that easy to open side panel.

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Down in the bottom left corner under the expansion slots is the power supply mount. As I mentioned in the outside section, the intake fan grill for the power supply is filtered. If for some reason you need even more cooling in the 760T you can also slip in another fan just past the power supply as well.

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When we flip the 760T around to see what is going on behind the motherboard tray the first thing that caught my eye was the four 2.5 inch SSD mounts over on the left. I’ve been seeing this a lot recently and I’m really excited the companies are starting to give the option to hide your SSDs. Years ago I used to double sided sticky tape SSDs and 2.5 inch hard drives behind motherboard trays to make room for more water cooling. Now we get room for water cooling, hard drive trays, and even more behind the motherboard tray! The 760T also has just over an inch of space between the motherboard tray and the side panel, this should be enough room to get all of your wiring under control without having to fight to get the door closed.

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Installation and Performance

Before I get into performance I did have to get our test build into the 760T. To start things off I pulled out the paperwork that was included with the case. You get a small installation guide as well as a small paper on the cases warranty. For accessories Corsair gives you a bag full of all of the screws needed. Each screw type is in its own bag but you will have to figure out what each one of them does. You also get four medium sized zip ties. I would prefer them to include a few more, four never seems enough to get everything cleaned up, but it is enough to get the basics done.

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Installing our hard drive was simple, the toolless hard drive trays basically just snap onto the hard drive. From there you just slide it in and it snaps into place.

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The size of the 760T made installing our X99 motherboard in it simple. There was MORE than enough room for our Noctua heatsink as well, with about two inches of additional room for you to be able to go with a taller 140mm heatsink if needed. Of course the case is also designed to work well with water cooling, installing that would go about as easy, you can install a triple 120 or double 140mm radiator up top and there is more than enough room to mount a reservoir and a pump as well for custom water cooling. Our GTX 780 looks tiny in the 760T with all of the additional room over on the right, I would almost feel obligated to run custom water cooling just to fill that space up with a large reservoir. Wiring the 760T went smoothly as well. Corsair basically created the trend to use large rubber grommets in the motherboard tray for clean wiring and this case is no different. There was enough room for our huge 1200 watt power supply with room to still get in to plug in cables.

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With everything together, I was’t really surprised with the overall performance of the 760T. With fans across the front and an exhaust on the rear the 760T has more than enough cooling right out of the box and frankly with so much room inside I don’t think you could mess up the cooling with bad wiring even if you tried. This really isn’t a case that I would be considering if you need something mobile. If you are hitting a lot of LANs you might want something a little smaller or something that is easier to carry. Moving it around the office I was always worried about scratching up the side panels and while they stay closed well when sitting in place, they are easy to bump open when moving it around. I would build a 380T for my LANrig then a monster build in the 760T at the house. The three fans ran more than quiet enough but if you are concerned you do still have the two speed fan speed controller on the front panel to slow things down even more.

 


Overall and Final Verdict

Every single time I check out a case from Corsair I find myself impressed that they manage to change things up and be fresh and innovative for each case. They do that without going over the top and keeping things clean. For the 760T the full side panel window really stood out to me. All of the space in the 760T is just begging for a flashy custom water cooling setup with a big reservoir over on the right. Not only is there space, but with the large side panel window you would be able to show it off as well. Really I think one of the downsides of the 760T is that there is so much room for an amazing quad GPU water cooled rig that with a single card and a closed loop water cooling kit its going to look empty. Its weird because the 760T really isn’t THAT large, but Corsair did a great job of using the space that you do have. You can pack in quad GPUs, a triple radiator, pump, reservoir, six 3.5 inch drives, and still have space for four SSDs on the back.

The large side panel window not only looks amazing but it is also an easy to use door. Corsair put a nice car door like handle on it along with hinges for both side panels to swing open. To keep things together they use magnets on the side panels and also up on the top panel. This did lead to issues with the side panel wanting to come open when transporting the 760T but when in place the doors stay securely closed. Overall this is a easy to work in case both because of its interior space and its good wire management. Combine that with its clean styling and you really do have a great case. With an MSRP of just under $180 it is a little expensive though, but the price is fitting for the features that you are getting and the high end builds that it seems designed to fit.

 

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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36235 04 Feb 2015 23:06
I recently took a look at the 380T LANrig, today I follow up by checking out Corsairs full ATX 760T.

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