Video Perspective: Corsair Graphite 380T Mini ITX Case Review
Little. Yellow. Different.
Corsair just can't help themselves, they just can't stop building new cases. Obsidian, Carbide, Graphite; the obsession is never ending it seems. That's good news for enthusiasts though as Corsair's entries to the case market have almost always been high quality. Today's official launch of the Graphite 380T, available in yellow, black and white color schemes, brings yet another entry to the Mini-ITX form factor. It's a market that has been getting a lot of attention lately and one that requires more careful thought in design.
With a price of $139-149 depending on color, the Graphite 380T isn't a cheap case by most users descriptions but it is quite unique - both from the look and style as well as the implementation of components. You get a 3-speed fan controller as well as an interior dome light that adds a little character to an exterior that will already get a lot attention. And maybe some comparisons to a Dewalt portable worksite stereo.
The front panel removes with a simple spring-loaded click release and acts as both air inlet and filter for the large 140mm fan included up front.
Connections up top include USB 3.0, audio in and out, power, reset and fan speed. I will say I don't like the size of the reset button (too big!) and its proximity to the start button. Accidental resets might occur if you have nosey cats or children.
Looking at the back of the case you can see how the components are laid out. The Mini ITX motherboard is parallel to the ground about halfway up the height of the case. A full-size power supply rests directly below it and the 120mm fan above the motherboard can be used for basic exhaust or for smaller closed loop coolers.
Both side doors are made of the same mesh / wire combination as the front panel with a small, tinted plastic window up top where the release handle rests.
That handle swings up easily and the entire door can be taken off and set to the side for installation.
Here you see a fully built system with a rather large MSI GTX 770 installed with matching yellow accents. The power supply under the motherboard is just behind a two-slot 2.5-in SSD tool-less tray.
On the other side you find mounting rails for coolers and fans; we have attached a Corsair H80 for our CPU cooling. A 240mm radiator can be supported for those users with extreme cooling needs.
A shot of the motherboard and cooler installed looking through the back side mounting rails.
This switch is mounted behind the door on the component side of the case...
..and it turns on the "dome light" as I have dubbed it, illuminating the interior of the case with a cool light. The one concern I have with it though is that this light will ONLY turn on with the system powered up and running so it can't be used for installation / setup.
Check out the video for more thoughts, both positive and negative, about the Corsair Graphite 380T!