In the lab: Corsair’s Carbide Series Air 740 case

Corsair has made a name for itself with its dual-chamber Carbide Series Air 240 and Carbide Series Air 540 cases. This design puts a system's power supply and storage in its own distinct chamber to reduce thermal cross-pollution and improve airflow. We've reviewed the microATX Carbide Series Air 240, but we haven't had a chance to play with one of the company's ATX dual-chamber designs until now. Say hello to the Carbide Series Air 740, the revised version of Corsair's big bicameral design.

The first thing that'll strike you about this case is how large it is. It resembles nothing if not a mini-fridge. Corsair puts that space to good use with plenty of room for extra-long graphics cards, huge radiators and air coolers, and more inside. We're looking forward to seeing how this case performs with some high-octane parts soon. Expect a $150 price tag when this case hits e-tail and retail, and stay tuned for our review.

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    • VinnyC
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve got the 540 and I gotta say, this new one looks like crap compared to the old design. It may incorporate better features (more room for 3.5″ drives please?) but… just the look of it is garbage.

    • Thresher
    • 3 years ago

    Corsair’s cases seem to be getting worse and worse looking, not to mention the shoddiness of them.

    My old 800D and 650D were tanks and Corsair doesn’t build anything like those anymore. I have a 750D now, it does the job, but doesn’t feel anywhere as sturdy as my old Corsairs.

    • Ph.D
    • 3 years ago

    Looks like a disaster to dust off.

    • torquer
    • 3 years ago

    Presenting…. The Homer!

    • NeelyCam
    • 3 years ago

    Too small.

      • torquer
      • 3 years ago

      That’s what she said

    • Arclight
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 170mm[/quote<] I expected a lot more given how it's 340mm wide. I understand that it's better in terms of cable management, however, at those dimensions it seems underwhelming. I would have preferred for the airflow to be set up to intake on the lower part and exhaust at the top. If not then maybe the ability to place the case on what is now considered the front panel. Given the width, none of the fans should be as small as 140mm. Maybe allow their installation as well but configure it for much larger intake and exhaust fans.

    • kvndoom
    • 3 years ago

    My new rig is in a Carbide Air 540… I love it! Stylish and spacious. For once, assembling a PC never felt like a chore.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe I’m old, but I recall some very fine cases 10 years ago.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    In better news Corsair redeems themselves by releasing the 460x [url<]http://www.corsair.com/en-us/crystal-series-460x-rgb-compact-atx-mid-tower-case[/url<]

      • thanatos355
      • 3 years ago

      Wow! That’s fantastic!

      • EndlessWaves
      • 3 years ago

      Tempered glass AND RGBs? I think my blingometer just exploded.

      This Air 740 does look cool but it’s a bit on the large size. It would be nice if the kept the external appearance but got rid of the two chamber design and window and shrink it down as far as they could while retaining Micro ATX compatibility.

        • Refused9150
        • 3 years ago

        Plexiglass I believe, definitely not tempered glass. And I think it doesn’t come with RGB

          • bobboobles
          • 3 years ago

          According to the first blurb on the linked Corsair page, it comes with both of those things…

    • the
    • 3 years ago

    :D~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Not only does this case look nice, it isn’t a true double wide, more like a 1.5 wide case. The second chamber rotates the drives intelligently to keep things narrow.

    Only two other items are missing from my wish list for the perfect case:
    1) Second PSU mounting spot with optional redundant daughter board. While not a hot swap PSU, being able to add a second unit would be handy for high power systems and/or if one unit fails while under load.
    2) Hot swap front bays with an integrated drive backplane. Being able to swap out drives for a RAID array would be nice.

    Those two items aren’t deal breakers. Pending good review, I think I found my next case.

    Edit: i think i found my deal breaker: no EATX support. It looks like such a board would fit but not according to official specs.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Please test with an i3 and integrated graphics in an mITX motherboard;

    We already know it’ll fit all the big stuff, but are you so sure it can handle [i<]small[/i<] stuff?

      • the
      • 3 years ago

      The lack of stuff inside it will cause the case to collapse into a singularity. It needs to be filled with awesome to prevent the pressure of embarrassment from crushing it.

    • thanatos355
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve been so disappointed in the quality of my 780T, that I doubt I’ll even consider another Corsair case. Which is really sad, because they (most anyway) are simply gorgeous.

    • Redocbew
    • 3 years ago

    Needs more fins.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      The fins make it faster

        • Redocbew
        • 3 years ago

        I got a fever, and the only prescription is more fins.

          • James296
          • 3 years ago

          I’m sorry, there has been a recall on your Fins medication and has been discontinued. However have you of the new medication called Finsbox.

        • the
        • 3 years ago

        Just think how much faster it would be with more fins [i<]and[/i<] a racing stripe.

        • dyrdak
        • 3 years ago

        and keep more dust that helps lower the noise

      • JosiahBradley
      • 3 years ago

      This thing has more fins than shark week.

      • bfar
      • 3 years ago

      Dust collectors

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Excellent. Can’t wait for the review. I’m pretty sure my next major build (which ain’t happening any time soon) will be a double wide.

    KUZ THAT’S HOW I ROLL!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Did ThermalTake buy out corsair? WTF is this thing?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      it’s really frickin yooge

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