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Corsair launches the "visually exciting" Graphite 230T chassis

by Mark Tyson on 16 October 2013, 09:45

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Corsair today launched a new mid-tower chassis to join its Graphite Series. The new case if called the Graphite Series 230T. Corsair will be making these sculpted cases available in matt black, battleship grey and rebel orange. All the cases are windowed, however you can buy the black version with a non-window side panel if you so wish. Whatever the colour or side panel option the price is the same, a resonable; $79.99.

New members of the Corsair Graphite Series have been quite a long time coming. The only other member of the range is the Corsair Graphite 600T which was first seen at Computex 2010. We reviewed it here at HEXUS the following October when it was officially launched. (We also had a look at the special edition in white a few months later). The 600T was well rated with its streamlined looks, simple build options and thoughtful storage configuration. However the price of the 600T was a bit of a sticking point for many at $179 (£130).

So now Corsair are trying to bring the great Graphite style, ease of build and refinement down in price a peg or two with the 230T. The marketing angle is that this is a great looking chassis, one you will feel proud of building into and owning, but at a great price. It should also be quick and easy to build as the only time you will need a screwdriver in when securing in the motherboard. The case also has those modern essentials of (dual 120mm) front intake LED fans and USB 3.0 and headset connectors on the front panel.

"Our Graphite Series cases are designed to be visually exciting, with a design aesthetic that reflects their superior performance and quality," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. "The Graphite Series 230T exemplifies this, making it a great platform for gaming PCs, graphics design workstations, or any application where high performance and high style both matter."

Corsair Graphite Series 230T compact mid tower case tech specs

  • Dual 120mm front LED fans and rear 120mm exhaust fan
  • USB 3.0 front panel
  • Tool-free SSD, HDD, and ODD installation
  • Cable routing and CPU cooler backplate motherboard cutouts
  • Seven PCIe slots with thumbscrews and room for GPUs 320mm long
  • Install up to four 3.5” and four 2.5” drives simultaneously – tool free
  • Up to six fan mounts for optimal cooling potential
  • Dust filters for front and PSU intake
  • Room for up to 200mm ATX PSU (not included)
  • Compatible with Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX motherboards
  • Includes accessories box with screws, zip ties, and other mounting hardware

As SSDs and multiple SSD setups become more popular it's good to see Corsair equip the 230T with four dedicated bays for 2.5-inch drives in addition to the four 3.5-inch bays and three 5.25-inch ODD bays this chassis provides. Corsair has also placed cable routing cut-outs carefully within the chassis to facilitate clean looking builds and good airflow over components.

The Graphite Series 230T is available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers with an MSRP of $79.99 USD. The chassis comes with a standard two year warranty.

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Not really digging the mesh so much, but I like the side panel. Top mesh should have a filter.
It's massively overpriced in my opinion. It's nothing more than a budget case and should be no more than £35.
It looks very spacious inside front and back (good for wire management). All i like about this design is the side panel but i still prefer a clear window side panel so that you can appreciate your pc build. and the price is also reasonable for this kind of case.
The inside looks so clean. And for the color, I'd still take classic black.
It's massively overpriced in my opinion. It's nothing more than a budget case and should be no more than £35.

I'd say thats pretty reasonable. Thats $79 not £'s. A direct conversion puts it at about £50. Add the £10 being a brit tax on top and you are probably looking at about £60-65 for it.

I would like to see the case for £35 with ample cable management, black interior, USB3, fan filters, tool free installation (etc etc) and what Im sure would be pretty decent fans that doesn't look like something thats been rejected by the bargain bucket of pc world.

Not to mention Corsair also have a solid reputation for quality…so there is of course a small premium on it but you will be sure to get something worthwhile.

That being said - I hate the mesh. and side panel has too many dents and vents and windows etc. Should of gone chic and simple all the way.