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Corsair launches Carbide Air 540 and 330R cases

Corsair launches Carbide Air 540 and 330R cases

Inevitable Companion Cube case mods await.

Corsair showed off two new additions to its case line-up at Computex 2013 with the new Carbide 330R and radically different Carbide Air 540.

It wouldn’t be a trade show these days without a raft of new bits of kit from Corsair, so prodigious has the company’s output of new hardware been recently. Computex 2013 has been no exception, with a pair of new chassis catching the limelight.

Most interesting of the two is the all new Carbide Air 540, which uses a case design radically different from anything else within the Corsair stable. The case’s focus is on maximum, un-obstructed airflow. To accomplish this Corsair has split it the case into two compartments; one that houses the motherboard and core hardware, and a second behind the motherboard tray for the PSU and drive bays. This allows the fans in the hardware compartment to sit much closer to the hardware, and with no drive bays or mounts to get in the way makes for uninterrupted airflow into and out of the case and, hopefully, lower temperatures.

The design makes for a shape that’s wider, shallower, and shorter than a typical ATX case, but as you can see from our photos, remains able to house the most extravagant of systems. A full-side-panel window offers an unobstructed view of the hardware on display, while the rear of the case is loaded with cable routeing holes and drive bays (5.25, 3.5 and 2.5in). The end result is a case we’re very excited about, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one for review when it hits shelves late in July.

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The Carbide Air 540's new design allows the core hardware to sit unobstructed in the front compartment, with the PSU and drive bays behind them

Corsair was also keen to show off the Carbide 330R. While it’s not a radical departure from traditional case designs, it still carries Corsair’s new ethos of uninterrupted airflow with a front intake fan above the hard disk drive cage. Sound-dampening padding is fitted to the side panels, front fascia door and the removable roof panel and sleek minimalist styling places it as a more demure option in comparison to the brasher grills and styling of the Carbide Air 540.

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The Carbide 330R's more minimalist styling matches its focus on low-noise cooling

Like the look of the Carbide Air 540 R or Carbide 330R? Let us know in the forums?

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GuilleAcoustic 5th June 2013, 14:21 Quote
The air concept is not very different from what Lian-Li did years ago with the TYR series

http://static.pcinpact.com/images/bd/news/58883-lian-li-x200-tyr.jpg

I prefer narrower but taller cases, this is way easier to place it on / next to the desk.
Stanley Tweedle 5th June 2013, 14:30 Quote
I like the design of the 540. Might get one.
Apocalypso 5th June 2013, 14:57 Quote
It reminds me of an accordion.
Hustler 5th June 2013, 17:10 Quote
Ooooh..I do like that 330.
Stanley Tweedle 5th June 2013, 17:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
The air concept is not very different from what Lian-Li did years ago with the TYR series

http://static.pcinpact.com/images/bd/news/58883-lian-li-x200-tyr.jpg

I prefer narrower but taller cases, this is way easier to place it on / next to the desk.

Lian have a current case like it too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MwhMvKYk9ek

Similar in concept to the carbide 540 but you can see the Lian retains the PSU beneath the mobo. I prefer the 540 design where the PSU is also move round the back.
B1GBUD 5th June 2013, 17:30 Quote
Oooooh I want a Carbide Air 540, it looks fat! Plus I have a massive desk and have plenty of room for it. Any idea on prices?
Stanley Tweedle 5th June 2013, 17:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by B1GBUD
Oooooh I want a Carbide Air 540, it looks fat! Plus I have a massive desk and have plenty of room for it. Any idea on prices?

Apparently £70 for the smaller 330 carbide and $140 for the 540 so perhaps about the £130 mark I'm guessing.

http://www.techpowerup.com/184934/corsair-carbide-air-540d-makes-both-side-panels-equally-important.html

Good pics here^^
Furball Zen 5th June 2013, 18:41 Quote
Small pics are small. :(
Furball Zen 5th June 2013, 18:45 Quote
Found the pics elsewhere. I must say the 540 looks nice and would have been nice for the Carbide build, but i dont think it would have turned out as unique.
Baz 5th June 2013, 19:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Furball Zen
Small pics are small. :(

Hotel internet is slow :(

Corsair says 540 will be about £100ish on release iirc.
phuzz 5th June 2013, 20:50 Quote
I realise looks are pretty subjective, but I do like the 540, almost tempted to switch cases...
jeckulz 6th June 2013, 00:41 Quote
I make no reservations about saying that the 540 is exactly what is missing from the market.
A case that (looks like it) will be a beast at aircooling, and not too shabby at watercooling either.
Modders will love it, the dimensions are unique (but not to everyone's taste or requirements).
**** the price, this IS my next case :D
Pliqu3011 6th June 2013, 01:10 Quote
The 540 looks awesome. Reminds me of a wide NZXT case a while back somehow, don't know what it was called.
Stanley Tweedle 6th June 2013, 09:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeckulz
I make no reservations about saying that the 540 is exactly what is missing from the market.
A case that (looks like it) will be a beast at aircooling, and not too shabby at watercooling either.
Modders will love it, the dimensions are unique (but not to everyone's taste or requirements).
**** the price, this IS my next case :D

But... I was looking at photos of it last night and can see not a single water hole on the back. That would be a problem for my water system. Also have been comments from people that the plastic looks cheap. I tend to agree but if the cooling is great maybe it doesn't matter.
KidMod-Southpaw 6th June 2013, 11:45 Quote
I definitely like the 540, it looks like it'll cover a lot of different grounds at a very good price point.
jeckulz 7th June 2013, 01:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
But... I was looking at photos of it last night and can see not a single water hole on the back. That would be a problem for my water system. Also have been comments from people that the plastic looks cheap. I tend to agree but if the cooling is great maybe it doesn't matter.

On the back?
You put your rads outside the case??
Well its not aimed at you sir.

And anyway, you know full well this case is going to get modded to death by many, so a couple of water holes shouldn't really be a problem for anyone! :D

I'll wait for the linus video review though
GeorgeK 17th June 2013, 19:50 Quote
Not sure how I missed this being announced, but now I've seen the 540 I'm obsessed...
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