Corsair Graphite 380T Mini ITX Case Review
By Julian Duque
Manufacturer: Corsair Components, Inc.
Product Name: Corsair Graphite Series 380T Mini-ITX PC Case
Model Number: CC-9011061-WW
Price As Tested: Black $139.99 (Newegg l Amazon) White/Yellow $149.99 (Newegg l Amazon)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Corsair Components, Inc.
Computer form factors keep getting smaller and smaller, but the market for smaller systems keeps growing everyday mainly due to the availability of components that allow users to build extremely powerful systems in very constrained spaces. Corsair clearly understands this, with the release of the Corsair Obsidian 250D earlier in 2014 it became clear that there was a need for Mini-ITX designs to be implemented in the rest of their lines of products, leading to the release of the Graphite 380T, the case Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at today.
In past reviews I have clearly noticed a trend with Corsair cases that establishes them as one of the leading case manufacturers of today. The Obsidian series for example is very renowned among enthusiasts for its elegance and functionality, the same functionality we see in the Graphite series. This time, It seems to me that Corsair is trying to achieve a more futuristic look with the new line of Graphite cases while still maintaining that industrial look that as you will read later on, also includes an exceptional layout for a Mini-ITX case.
Resembling something that came out of a Star Trek movie with Lamborghini detachable doors, the review sample that Corsair sent me is yellow. The 380T also comes in the monotone colors of white and black, the black version being slightly cheaper. The Graphite 380T is also wider than it’s obsidian predecessor, sounds like more clearance for the H100i which I found troublesome when installing in the Obsidian counterpart.
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||356 x 292 x 393 mm|
|Drive Bays||2x 2.5”/3.5” in removable drive cage2x 2.5” in internal tool-free drive cage|
|Cooling Support||Front||1 x 200 mm or 2 x 120 mm (1 AF-140 LED Fan included)|
|Rear||1 x 120 mm (1 AF-120L Fan included)|
|Side||2 x 120 mm fans|
|Radiator Support||Rear||120 mm|
|Side||240 mm (55 mm clearance)|
|I/O Ports||2x USB 3.0Headphone and Microphone jacksThree-Mode Fan Control|
Until Microsoft starts making Windows installers available on USB sticks, I’ll continue to criticize cases that have no provision at all for even a slimline optical drive.
I know, I know: I’m swimming against the tides of history!
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool
Any comment on noise? I’m assuming this case would get pretty noisy, being mostly mesh – what does it sound like sitting on a desk 1 meter away?
(Just wanted to add, for David 🙂 Microsoft includes a USB installer utility with their Win 8/.1 downloader/installer, and the Win 7 version has a utility available from Microsoft which will do the same thing – the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool works pretty well. I agree though, it would be nice if one could order a pre-configured Windows installer on USB, it’s the only way I’ve done OS installs for the past few years!)
The included 120 mm fan is a bit loud, even at the low setting within the fan controller. The 140 mm fan didn’t get that loud until I set it at 100%. A meter away with the complete system and the noctua CPU cooler, I could clearly hear the 80 mm fan even at idle. I decided to install a h60 AIO from corsair and I couldn’t hear the pump at all. I did notice a noise decrease if I set the case on the ground instead of on the table, probably because all the mesh is on the sides.