Corsair Graphite 230T Review

The Build

Corsair Graphite 230T Review

The Build

The Graphite 230T doesn't exactly come with an abundance of accessories.  The bare essentials are here of course, screws for where they're needed, and a slack handful of cable ties.  Corsair haven't been over generous in the instructions department either, with just a fold out exploded diagram to light your way should you feel you need some help.  We do often take the rise out of needing to read instructions, however we do think Corsair could have gone into quite a bit more depth than they have, for example, it's not immediately obvious that the side panels are removed by sliding them forwards rather than backwards, you're left to work this out for yourselves.

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With that gripe out of the way and our man card in no danger of being surrendered, it's on with the build.  Surprisingly, despite the lack of any anti vibration rubbers the PSU feels well supported on the long rails alone.  With the Motherboard in our thoughts that it might be possible to slip an AIO up here are dashed.  With just 28mm of room it's a non starter.  If you were absolutely determined you could mount a slim rad internally and have the fans on the outside, but for the love of Bob don't.

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We were quite pleased with the wiring job round the back, using just 4 of the supplied cable ties.  The nice deep trough at the bottom is perfect for routing transverse cables out of sight and for stashing those that aren't going to be used.

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Round the front the lack of rubber grommets makes the build look less tidy than it other wise would have, especially as cables have to be routed across the management holes from behind and as such are clearly visible.

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You might not be getting an AIO in here any day soon but with 160mm of headroom there's still plenty of room for a good sized tower air cooler.  With the internal storage confined to the lower part of the case there's also room in the 230T to fit a GPU up to 430mm in length into the upper motherboard slots.  Should you need to use the lower slots then the max length is reduced to 230mm, which is still plenty for a case like this.  

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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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