Corsair Graphite 380T Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅29-08-14
Exterior


The front and back of 380T


At the front of 380T there is a perforated mesh panel which is detachable by pressing the upper area on the left and right sides. Behind this panel sits an AF140L LED 140mm cooling fan – this fan brings cool air into the chassis. This front section can also entertain 1x 200mm or 2x 120mm fans. Due to the limitations of space inside this condensed case, Corsair has omitted any 5.25” drive support and we think this is a sensible decision, especially since a vast majority of enthusiasts have no need for such a device nowadays.

Around the back there is an opening for the PSU at the very bottom and then directly above this there is space for the rear IO panel, this is horizontally aligned as the motherboard tray will sit in this orientation too. To the immediate right there are two PCI expansion slot covers which are ventilated and use a single thumbscrew to secure them into place. Towards the middle there is an AF120L – 120mm rear exhaust cooling fan.


Fan controller and USB 3.0


Up at the top of 380T there is a small panel designated for the front panel connectivity. Care has been taken so that the styling of these buttons coordinate perfectly with the overall aesthetic of the case. Included in this area are the following:

• 2x USB 3.0 ports
• Headphone and microphone jacks
• Power and reset buttons
• Three speed fan controller


The fan controller allows up to three cooling fans to be connected and can adjust the speed of fans to three different settings – 50%, 75% and 100% - there is an LED indicator to establish which setting is currently being used.


Integrated carry handle for transportation


Located at the top of 380T there is an integrated carry handle. Rather than looking out of place and protruding out of the case, Corsair has carved this out of the top section and it blends into the overall design very well.

We can see this case being popular for LAN parties, so having a useful handle like this will prove invaluable for transportation.


The underneath of 380T


Flipping the case over onto its side we can see there are two plastic beams which extend out to provide equal balance for the chassis. Rubber strips help to prevent the case from slipping on smooth surfaces.

Corsair has given 380T a detachable dust filter directly underneath the PSU cooling fan, this filter has been coated in the same tone as the rest of the case and it’s a very good colour match.

On the next page we’ll move inside the case for a look at the layout and features.

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