Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 is like nothing I have ever had my hands on before. While mostly steel in internal construction, they have creatively used ABS plastic and steel mesh to give this wide body cube some very attractive styling. This chassis is 415mm tall, shorter than a full-tower chassis, is an astounding 332mm wide, and is 458mm in depth. This design in short, is much like if you had taken two mid-tower cases and attached them. This allows a full separation of the motherboard and its attached components on one side of the tray, while the other contains everything else you want to install.
The chassis can house boards from Mini-ITX on up to E-ATX and offers eight expansion slots in the back. It offers two 3.5" drive trays on the floor with back planes, and also offers a rack in the back to house four 2.5" drives as well. There is room for a pair of 5.25" devices, but since they are turned on edge, a bay reservoir may be out of the question. Just under the ODD bays you are offered two USB ports along with the HD Audio jacks for front panel connectivity.
Cooling this chassis is a trio of AF140L 140mm fans. One is placed in the rear of the motherboard compartment as the exhaust, while the other two are in the front behind a dust filter used as the case intake. There is also room in the roof of the chassis for a pair of 140mm fan as well, but that isn't all. Each of the 140mm fan locations will also take a 120mm fan as well. Then there is the fact, that without all the extra clutter, you can easily install thick radiators in the top as well as down the front of the chassis, and you can also hang a single radiator in the rear of the chassis. Even with the chassis coming out of the box with just three fans, with all the ventilation offered in this design, I have a feeling you will be fine running the chassis as-is, but it is nice to have so many cooling options in this design.
With a case design that is so new and fresh, there usually is quite a bit of cost involved with the new tooling and stamps needed to produce the new chassis. I am really glad to see that Corsair is able to not only produce something in this manner, but it doesn't seem that they are passing much of that cost on to the customers. While supply is limited to a few locations as I write this, the $139.99 pricing I am seeing everywhere is a great price for the chassis that is delivered.
That being said, I think you still really need to see this case for yourself, and you will see how easy it is to like, desire, and just how easy of a decision it is to walk this to the counter or add it to your cart online.