Great Concept - Mediocre Delivery

A Review On: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case CC-9011030-WW - Black

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case CC-9011030-WW - Black

Rated # 49 in Computer Cases
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Pros: Easy cable management, 2 hot swap bays, front USB 3.0, EATX compatible, tons of room for everything.

Cons: Flimsy 2.5 cage, only 2 3.5 slots, vertically imposed 5.25 slots, garbage fans, no bottom or top dust filter

I love the look of this case. Despite being a molded plastic, it does not feel weak or cheap in the least. The clear side panel is huge, and slightly fogged, making for a great display piece. There is enough room in the case for a 1x360, 1x240, and 1x 120 radiator OR 2x240 and 1x140, and you can sneak the pump and res on the backside...there is plenty of room over there. Tall air coolers wont have any issues either, this thing is roomy. You cant throw a graphics card at it that wont fit. There is plenty of room for SSDs in the 2.5 cage, the cage is flimsy, but it has tons of slots. Everything is tool-less, which is pretty handy if you like to swap parts, or just are clumsy with a screwdriver. Having a couple hot swap bays for your 3.5 drives is nifty, but the placement at the bottom of the hot side is questionable, I would have liked to had that space available for another 240 rad, or at least a couple intake fans and a filter, with more 3.5 options in the cold side. I also question the design of having the two 5.25 bays turned sideways, making it difficult to fill or monitor fluid levels in a bay res. Be prepared to get cable extensions for the USB 3.0 front panel, and possibly the pwr/reset/audio cables as well (mine made it, but had to be routed behind the motherboard at an angle). Two of the three fans that come with the case were unusable right out of the box, one was out of balance to the point that I could see it shaking the whole case, another sounded like the shaft was made of sandpaper and rocks, the third was smooth, albeit not the quietest on the market. To be honest, I bought this case with the intention to rip out a good chunk of the "fluff" that they sell with the shell, but I feel like it is only fair to take off a star for being made to believe I was receiving quality "fluff", but in reality, its just junk. Honestly I would have given this case three stars if it was not for how exceptionally awesome the concept and shell design were delivered. It is the coolest case I have owned, and l would suggest it to anybody that wants tons of options for building.

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Nice review... does it come with SSD mounting brackets (in case you purchase barebone SSDs) or do you have to buy 2.5 mounting brackets to mount a SSD? Thanks!