Corsair Graphite Series 380T Mini-ITX Case Review

Corsair brings us the 380T Mini-ITX case that is "built for speed." It has a handle on top so you can pick it up and speed off to a LAN event. It has support for full-size PSUs so that you can power whatever components you put in it. It has room for full size video cards in case you wanted a GPU built for speed also.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing the Corsair Graphite Series 380T mini-ITX case.

Corsair is famous for its memory products, but as you likely know, the company has branched out in recent years with its cooling line, world class power supplies, SSDs, audio components, keyboards and mice and, of course, computer cases. Put it this way, if you call yourself an enthusiast, not only have you heard of Corsair, you've likely owned one or more of its products.

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Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.

Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.

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The subject of today's evaluation is the newest member of Corsair's Graphite Series, the 380T. Corsair is touting this chassis' sleek design, its ability to handle full sized components while being easy to transport thanks to its integrated carry handle. The product page states:

"The portable Graphite Series 380T, complete with integrated carry handle and multiple color options, gives mini-ITX enthusiasts everything they could want in a PC case. The sleek design starts with rounded corners and a windowed side panel that reveals plenty of space within. The 380T accommodates up to four 3.5in/2.5in drives and a full-length graphics card with ease. There’s also a host of cooling options that belie the 380T’s small size; fit up to five fans or a 240mm watercooling radiator such as Corsair’s H100i. A Corsair AF-140 140mm and AF120 120mm fan are included to ensure you get great cooling straight out of the box."

"Everything" a mini-ITX enthusiast could want in a PC case? That is a mighty bold statement. Let's see if the company can deliver on that promise.

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Product Packaging

The Corsair Graphite Series 380T arrived in its bare product packaging with no signs of wear or damage. The overall package measurements are 14"H x 17.5"L x 17"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard with dual staple construction along the seams.

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As usual, Corsair decided against flashy packaging and slick graphics, instead opting for plain cardboard packaging with product information, name, and company logo printed in black. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick polyethylene foam inserts.

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