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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 03:40 AM - Thread Starter
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You can also find this review in spanish here.

Corsair´s new case comes in it´s tradiTional cardboard case, with tedalited pictures and description of the product.






In the event of the pictures are not enough, there´s also an ilustrated manual.




When opening the box you find the product wrapped in a black colored bag, seems to be made from the same material as the one included with other cases such as the 650D.




Even if the case is not too heavy, it cames protected with a couple of thick foam panels.




The bag covers the case completely, which makes it perfect if you don´t wan´t to scratch your case while moving it to a lan party, for example.




As you can see, the case is wider than the average, it measures are 331mm wide, 457mm tall and 407mm deep.





In the supplied accessory box we found only 1 standoff. The case comes with 9 standoff pre-installed, but the one in the middle is just a quick placemente point so I guess that standoff is intentded to replace this one should you wanted to.
You can also find 6 zip ties, 8 screws for optical units and SSDs (in casse you wan´t to instal them in the hot-swap bays), 10 motherboard screws and 12 fan scres (or so says the manual, but I got 22 as you can see).




In the front panel you can find a metalic Corsair badge and the common power and reset switched, HDD activity and power leds, two 3.5mm female jacks; one for headphones and the other for a micrphone and, finally, two USB 3.0.





The Coirsair Carbide Air 540 has 2 optical bays, in vertical disposition.




In the back of the case we found 8 PCI expansion bays, a 140mm fan exhausting air, the PSU mountin place and a lot of opened vent holes for pasive airflow.
You can see both side panels fixes with thumbscres. We´ll find 20 thumbscres in this case.




I´m happy to finally have a case without honneycomb on the echaust fan, instead you get a removable metallic fan grill.




There´s alsmot no diference between leaving or removing the windowd left side panel; it has a huge smoked acrylic window which allows seeing all the hardware inside.





The case comes with 2 hot-swap bays, compatible with 3.5" and 2.5" HDDs or SSDs.
Well, you can´t really call them hot-swap since you would need to remove the windowed panel to access them...





Even with the hot-swap bays installed, you can see big holes on the floor. The holes get bigger whith the bays removed.





If you put 3.5" drives on them thy hide most of the area, but with 2.5" drives there´s almost no diference.





I think it would be nice if they included a dust filter under the floor, but I think it isn´t such a big problem, there are a lot of aftermarket options which aren´t too expensive (like demciflex for example)

I don´t have any ATX or smaller motherboard, but here you have of the case with an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme installed, which is as tall as an ATX motherboard but a couple of centimeters wider.
I have the same problem which GPU´s, the only one I have is a EVGA GTX 770 ACX SC, which is a few milimeters shorter than the motherboard.

As you can see, there´s plenty of space for wires and there´s still space for a thin radiator on the top and anotherone on the front.





The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is compatible with 240/280mm rads on the top and 360/280mm rads on the front, with both 15 and 20mm spacing for 280 rads.

There´s even enough space to fit a MSI Big Bang x-power II, which is as wide as the previous motherboard, but some centimeters talles.
Sadly there´s not a ninth slot and also the case is missing the lower 3 standoffs, so you couldn´t run a GPU on the las slot.
Also, doing this requires removing the hot swap bays, but I can´t really call this a fail as the case is not really designed to support this motherboard.





In the right side of the case we found a solid side panel, except for the opened vent holes intended for the PSU intake.




You can see there space for tons of cable management inside.




Four SDD cages are placed over thge PSU mounting point. I guess you could also use them for 2.5" mechanical drives but the case isn´t inteded for that as there´s only pasive airflow on that side.




The SDD cage is easily removeable by sliding it up a little bit.





There´s a piece to fix the PSU in place n the lower right corner, this piece can be easily relocated by removing 2 thumbscrews.
You can fix up to 200mm long PSUs using this accessory.
The PSu in the picture is a 200mm long Corsair AX1200i.





Still, lots of space fot cable management with such a big PSU.





Going back to the optical drive bays; you need to know that they optical drive bays can only be left side loaded when they are in vertical position, so keep that in mind if you are going to fit this case at your left.




You can fit the optical drives easily with the tool-less mechanism.






Once reviewed all the features of the case; let´s dismantle it unti I only see rivets on it!

The top panel slides of by removing 2 thumbscrews located on the back opf the case.






By removing 4 scres and some plastic clips, you can remove the metallig grill from the plastic panel.






The front side ventilation panel comes off just as easy as the other, but you will need to remove the top before removing the front.
The plastic panel separated from the metallic grill just as the other one




Behing this piece we found a magnetic dust filter, whith a thick plastic frame.





By removing this filter or switching it by a thinner one, you could fit 25mm fans between the case and the front panel.
This won´t be posible in the top of the case, as the top panel isn´t deep enough.

The plastic panel comes of by removing some black screws (you swill need to remove the front an top vent panels before) and sliding them out a little bit.
The procedure for this piece is the oposite; you will need to remove the ones in the front before the ones in the top..






The case comes with three 140mm airflow series fans, optimized for high airflow without air restrictive objects in the middle (such as radiators or hard drives)




Once removed the front right side panel, you can see that the optical drive cage is easily removeable by removing those 4 thumbscrews.
We´ll also find a plastic piece inside holding the weight of the case. This can also be removed by unscrewing 3 black screws on the motherboard side.







The front panel conector is hold in place by 2 screws and it also cames off easily by removing them.






Finally I leave you with a couple of pictures of some hardware installed inside.





The H100i with 25mm fans in pull/push comes some milimeters down to the motherboard, this could be a problem depending on your hardware.




Hardware on these last pictures:
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
GPU: EVGA GTX 770 ACX SC
RAM: 4x Corsair Dominator Platinum
PSU: Corsair AX1200i
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT
Cooler: Corsair H100i
Fans: 3x Corsair Airflow Series 140mm (incluidoed with the case) and 4x Corsair SP 120mm High Performance (on the H100i)




Go easy on me xD this is my first review
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Very good stuff for a first review thumb.gif How wide is it compared to other cases? Can you post some kind of comparison?

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Very good stuff for a first review thumb.gif How wide is it compared to other cases? Can you post some kind of comparison?

Sure, here a couple of shots compairing it with my brother´s Obsidian 800D.








Hope it helps, I know the 800D is not precisely a thin case xD
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I love that case, man. Great Job.

It's just a breath of fresh air and different than anything else. It looks like it will have superb airflow and that full acrylic side window looks fantastic. thumb.gif

AND it houses E-ATX boards. I JUST bought my Switch 810.....There might be an RMA in my future. lol

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Is this available for purchase yet or was this just a review sample?

Corsair's website shows them In Stock but Newegg still has Pre-Order w/ a 7-31 Release Date.

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if other manufacturers don't jump in quick to copy and perfect this design this will be a best seller. it looks like a winner already..

Great review.
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Sure, here a couple of shots compairing it with my brother´s Obsidian 800D.

Hope it helps, I know the 800D is not precisely a thin case xD

Awesome review. Anyway you can do me a favor with the Air 540? Are you able to measure its height and width if it were on its side with the glass window on the top as it was horizontal? I was going to place it as a HTPC and this case looks like its awesome.

Like this:



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Sure,but i'm jot home right now so I can't measure it. I'll check it out later today but it should be something like this:
Width: 457mm (minus the height if the feet if you remove them)
Height: 331mm (plus the height of wheels or feet if you use any)
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Sure,but i'm jot home right now so I can't measure it. I'll check it out later today but it should be something like this:
Width: 457mm (minus the height if the feet if you remove them)
Height: 331mm (plus the height of wheels or feet if you use any)

Ok cool look forward to hearing back on measurements when you have time. Thanks
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Ok cool look forward to hearing back on measurements when you have time. Thanks

Meausred, the width would be something arround 442mm once the feet are removed.
(I can´t tell you about the height, but just add the height of your feet/wheels to 331mm)



Little correction on the review, sorry:

The procedure for this piece is the same; you will need to remove the ones in the top before the ones in the front.

The procedure for this piece is the oposite; you will need to remove the ones in the front before the ones in the top.
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