Corsair Graphite 230T Review

Up Close: Interior Overview

Corsair Graphite 230T Review

Up Close:  Interior Overview

The interior of the case looks stunning with the black areas being counterpointed by a continuing orange theme.  A substantial CPU cut out should make changing coolers a piece of piddle while three good sized, although un grommeted, management holes will enable cables to be well routed.  Corsair have even added a wide aperture up near the roof for the 8pin CPU power cable to come though and for fan cables to exit.  

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The tool-free fittings on the 5.25" bays are among some of the most simplistic we've ever seen being to all intents and purposes a bit of sprung steel with a location pin on the sprung end.  Don't think this a criticism, they are clearly inexpensive but do the job just as well as any of the esoteric clamp and buckle mechanisms that are out there.

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If you thought the 5.25" bays were simple you're going to love the 3.5" bays.  There's four in total, but no trays, no runners to screw to the hard drives, just slide them in and they lock in place.  To remove just release the little lever at the side and pull.  Corsair haven't forgotten the 2.5" drive either, as sitting atop the 3.5" rack is a plastic assembly capable of holding 4 of the little blighters.

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The PSU is supported by two long runners, with no form of padding to be seen.  It's very unusual, even in a budget case for there not to be any form of foam or rubber padding to support the PSU and aid in reducing vibration and sound transmission.  A bit of a strange choice for Corsair, we'll have to see if it impacts on the sonic performance of the case.  Above the PSU cut out seven PCI slots are protected by vented blanks, with a mesh panel to the left to further aid heat dissipation.  Above this we find a black non LED 120mm fan and the rear I/O area.

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As we saw when we looked at the exterior, the roof of the case is predominantly circular mesh.  Although no fans are included in this position, location holes resplendent with rubber isolation grommets are present to enable a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans to be mounted.  Strange Corsair should go the to trouble of putting in eight grommets up here but chose not to put anything under the PSU. 

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15-10-2013, 05:59:26

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...065038434l.jpg

The 230T is a brand new addition to the Corsair fleet of Graphite cases. A Mid tower aimed at gamers, lets see how it sails

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15-10-2013, 06:10:16

Excalabur50
But does it come in WHITE?

15-10-2013, 06:40:10

chrismjurd
is it just me or is that orange totally rad!

15-10-2013, 06:49:23

G-Dubs
Nope not just you, we also think it rocks

15-10-2013, 10:05:50

Nerdfighter
Damn, it does look pretty sexy. Personally would of preferred better quality dust-filters and some grommets on the cable routing holes, in exchange for a slightly higher price tag. I hope Corsair releases a mid-tower in the 80 - 100 quid range as well, even though that section is pretty filled already with other cases.

16-10-2013, 15:42:01

qhfreddy
Pretty good looking case, just looks a tad flashy next to the 600T though. Still, a nice change from the rather unimpressive looks the other Corsair cases have.

16-10-2013, 19:59:26

Raphael
That orange colour with the black interior looks really sexy.

17-10-2013, 04:29:06

KingNosser
Shame this case wasn't out around 6 months back cause I would have jumped all over this case and picked one up, I have a Zalman Z11+ it's a good case but I really haven't enjoyed having the smoked effect on the window otherwise it's alright. The Corsair for the money is a really good buy and even while being happy with my PC and tempted, but I'm better off getting another MSI 560ti if I'm able to find one at a decent price cause 100 on ebay is too much.

Really nice case I like the orange, but why not a baby blue or lime and such, they need to be a little more bold with cases now days color wise I feel.

17-10-2013, 15:48:56

G-Dubs
More bold than bright orange...Mmmmm

06-01-2014, 16:34:55

Mclaren12c
How far offset are the top 120mm fans?

07-01-2014, 05:59:54

G-Dubs
They're not off set. The distance from the roof to the edge of the mobo pretty much negates getting anything other than a 25mm thick fan up there. Even if hey were off set a bit you'd still only get another 5mm or so until you clashed with the RAM socket clips on your Mobo.
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