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Corsair Graphite Series 230T Compact Mid-Tower Review

Author:HardOCP News

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Corsair has been known for RAM for well over a decade now, but it has become a big player in the computer case market in the last few years. The Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX case is designed for "fast and straightforward system building, by design." Its list of features is impressive, so let's see how it hold up under pressure.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing Corsair Graphite Series 230T compact mid-tower 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 owned one or more of its products.

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.

The subject of today's evaluation is the newest member of Corsair's Graphite Series, the 230T. The company product page states that the Graphite Series cases are "Corsair's Graphite Series computer cases are designed to inspire desire, without compromising the features you want or the cooling you need. The sleek, streamlined looks surround an interior with plenty of room for high-performance components, and ergonomics that make new builds and hardware up."

Considering the only other case in the Graphite line is the phenomenal Corsair Graphite Series 600T, the 230T will have to meet some high standards to be considered a true member of the Graphite Series cases. Let's take the wraps off this thing and get started.

Product Packaging

The Corsair Graphite Series 230T arrived in its bare product packaging with no signs of wear or damage. The overall package measurements are 19"H x 21.5"L x 10.5"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams.

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 Styrofoam inserts.

Aside from the usual foam inserts that the company normally uses, Corsair added an extra layer of foam to the front fascia as an added layer of protection.