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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Review

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Bindibadgi 19th June 2013, 16:13 Quote
10 geek points to Anthony for mentioning the YY cube in the very first line!
AlienwareAndy 19th June 2013, 16:41 Quote
Man this is uber tempting. It reminds me of a cube chassis I had back in 2000.

Love the design, and how you can separate the components..

If I didn't have what I do I would be all over this like a rash.
GeorgeK 19th June 2013, 16:43 Quote
I'm so getting one of these :D Changing my whole setup to have one on my desk :D :D :D
damien c 19th June 2013, 17:57 Quote
I was seriously tempted by this last night, but decided against because of the limited watercooling options compared to my current case and the 900D which I am still looking at buying.

If I was air cooling everything though then this would be on the top of the list instantly.
13eightyfour 19th June 2013, 18:19 Quote
I always wanted a YY cube but never managed to, but this looks like the case that I've been waiting for (I could do with more 3.5" bays but as I haven't got any optical drives I could re purpose those).

Currently my entire comp is sat bare on a shelf using an M6 bolt as the power 'switch' so I think one of these will be purchased come payday !
ev1lm1nd666 19th June 2013, 19:33 Quote
Anyone else think the case would look rather nice if there were feet on the right hand side of the case so you could lay it on it's side with the window facing up (http://img.hexus.net/v2/chassis/Corsair/540/Air540-03b.jpg)?

Would be very tempted by this case either way but may have to mod it to allow all my hdd's
GeorgeK 19th June 2013, 20:32 Quote
The only (and I really mean only) thing that bothers me is why is there not a grommet in the bottom most hole in the case (by the HDD hot swap bays)...
stuartwood89 19th June 2013, 20:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by ev1lm1nd666
Anyone else think the case would look rather nice if there were feet on the right hand side of the case so you could lay it on it's side with the window facing up (http://img.hexus.net/v2/chassis/Corsair/540/Air540-03b.jpg)?

Dead link dude.

Very tempting, however my next case will be mod of another case, so I have no need to get this one. I will certainly recommend it to someone who is in the market however. I bought a 200R on behalf of my brother, and it was one of the easiest cases I have ever built a system into, great bang for buck and I expect this to be no different.
MasterP 19th June 2013, 21:23 Quote
FINALLY! I've been waiting for a good cube case for years (I own a YY one)
Now I get to have one that won't require quite as much modding :)
Kovoet 19th June 2013, 21:58 Quote
MMM do I sell my cosmos II and go small. Now rattling my brains.

Vowed not to sucked into these smaller cases but now thinking twice about it.
Combatus 19th June 2013, 21:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
10 geek points to Anthony for mentioning the YY cube in the very first line!

(takes a bow). Had to be said, but I really like this one too :D
cool_dude 19th June 2013, 22:23 Quote
Case needs at least one 3.5" hard drive cage and also active cooling on the psu side for the hard drives - much like is seen on the MM UFO's.

Mesh also at the bottom of the case, leaving it open like that looks a bit unfinished. (Also, a cover is required should the user not wish to use that area. A simple metallic plate would suffice).

Oh, it also needs to be made in a white version.
Waynio 20th June 2013, 01:32 Quote
Looks an excellent case if I weren't a scratch builder I think this would be the one, nice layout.
Asouter 20th June 2013, 07:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
Looks an excellent case if I weren't a scratch builder I think this would be the one, nice layout.

Yup I agree Wayne, I like this case a lot, A splash of colour wouldn't go amiss though
Fingers66 20th June 2013, 09:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by ev1lm1nd666
Anyone else think the case would look rather nice if there were feet on the right hand side of the case so you could lay it on it's side with the window facing up (http://img.hexus.net/v2/chassis/Corsair/540/Air540-03b.jpg)?

Would be very tempted by this case either way but may have to mod it to allow all my hdd's
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Originally Posted by stuartwood89
Dead link dude.
<snip>

FTFY

I agree, some nice knurled aluminium feet on the right hand side and covering up the holes under the 3.5" drive mounts (make the bottom the same as the roof panel?) would allow you to use it on it's side with the window facing up toward you, something different for a change.

http://img.hexus.net/v2/chassis/Corsair/540/Air540-03b.jpg
Combatus 20th June 2013, 11:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fingers66
FTFY

I agree, some nice knurled aluminium feet on the right hand side and covering up the holes under the 3.5" drive mounts (make the bottom the same as the roof panel?) would allow you to use it on it's side with the window facing up toward you, something different for a change.

Sounds like you want a Cooler Master HAF XB with the top window panel - probably why Corsair stuck with the design instead of copying them.

http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=6866
Fingers66 20th June 2013, 11:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Sounds like you want a Cooler Master HAF XB with the top window panel - probably why Corsair stuck with the design instead of copying them.

http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=6866

True but the Corsair looks loads better, has a smaller footprint and will be better quality.
Fingers66 20th June 2013, 13:32 Quote
According to George at Corsair (Global Product Manager), they did consider an option for horizontal orientation...
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To be honest that was one of the original concept ideas, but we had to divorce ourselves from it for a couple reasons.

1) It would have required a ton of desktop real estate. Nobody would put that case on the floor that way, and the footprint of the case in that orientation is massive. Bigger than some laser printers.
2) It would have required adding a cosmetic panel to cover the bottom hard drive area, relocatable feet for the rear side panel, and a couple of other parts, all of which would have added significant cost. We'd be selling at $159-$169 instead of $139.

So if the Air 540 sells, maybe I'll make an Obsidian version of the case with that option. But I'll need a few months to see how many of you guys are buying this thing before I determine if I keep going with the cube style cases.

To be quite honest - it's very, very promising so far. Especially those reviews.

Source: http://www.overclock.net/t/1397204/techpu-corsair-carbide-air-540d-makes-both-side-panels-equally-important/410#post_20226444
Fingers66 20th June 2013, 13:36 Quote
Oh, and first custom water cooled build is already done...

http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1521026/
Dave Lister 20th June 2013, 13:45 Quote
This is a really tempting case to replace my fairly hot and cramped cm cosmos s. I have to admit I didn't like the look of it until the article said it was about the same height as a prodogy, but now i think it looks awesome. And i'm sure if the cheap plastic front does look cheap plenty of people will carbon fibre it or paint it.
The only potential problem i can see is the PSU doesn't have a hole in the side panel to draw air through, but i guess a few minutes with a dremel would fix that.
Fingers66 20th June 2013, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
This is a really tempting case to replace my fairly hot and cramped cm cosmos s. I have to admit I didn't like the look of it until the article said it was about the same height as a prodogy, but now i think it looks awesome. And i'm sure if the cheap plastic front does look cheap plenty of people will carbon fibre it or paint it.
The only potential problem i can see is the PSU doesn't have a hole in the side panel to draw air through, but i guess a few minutes with a dremel would fix that.

If you look at the pictures, the PSU is not hard up against the side panel of the case - there is about the same gap as with PSU's that sit on the bottom of cases and draw air from below - about the same as the height of case feet.

This means the PSU draws it's intake air from the cavity on the right hand side which has an intake grill in the rear.

I don't think it will be a problem.

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/06/corsair-carbide-air-540-review/carbide-air-540-14-1280x1024.jpg

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/06/corsair-carbide-air-540-review/carbide-air-540-4-1280x1024.jpg
Dave Lister 20th June 2013, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fingers66
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Lister
This is a really tempting case to replace my fairly hot and cramped cm cosmos s. I have to admit I didn't like the look of it until the article said it was about the same height as a prodogy, but now i think it looks awesome. And i'm sure if the cheap plastic front does look cheap plenty of people will carbon fibre it or paint it.
The only potential problem i can see is the PSU doesn't have a hole in the side panel to draw air through, but i guess a few minutes with a dremel would fix that.

If you look at the pictures, the PSU is not hard up against the side panel of the case - there is about the same gap as with PSU's that sit on the bottom of cases and draw air from below - about the same as the height of case feet.

This means the PSU draws it's intake air from the cavity on the right hand side which has an intake grill in the rear.

I don't think it will be a problem.

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/06/corsair-carbide-air-540-review/carbide-air-540-14-1280x1024.jpg

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/06/corsair-carbide-air-540-review/carbide-air-540-4-1280x1024.jpg

Your right its most likely not a problem, but as far as i can tell that side of the case has no fresh air entering it. I'm just being fussy ! and as I said a dremel would sort it out quickly enough if it was a worry.
Fingers66 20th June 2013, 20:10 Quote
There is a massive vent above the psu when viewed from the rear?

Sent from my phone...
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