Let's get the bad out of the way right away. The only thing we saw on this sample we did not like is that the paint along the side panels top and bottom edges was rubbed on, and appeared different under our lights. We also noticed the slight damage to the right side panel, but it had to be done before packaging. Even so, we are being very picky by mentioning this, as pre-release samples are rushed products so that we can bring them forth on release day.
We are certain these sort of issues will not rear their head in retail products. Outside of these minor cosmetic issues, we cannot get over just how great the Air 740 looks. This will be the main selling feature, as this is an aesthetic that will succeed with the masses. You will not find another chassis which looks like this, and you will also be hard pressed to find one that looks better. While we were fans of the original designs, this refresh and the way they addressed the outside with chunky lines, gentle curves, and of course that left side door, is the delicious cherry on top.
Physically, the chassis is solid, and we like the attention to the bay designs too. The way the SSD trays lock into each other is new, and something we think a lot will like as well. We like that the HDD rack was so solidly mounted to reduce the transmissions of vibrations, and allowing it to be removed opens up more possibilities. With it out of the way, it allows more access to hide tubing and other bulk water cooling components in that area instead. Also, with everything being removable, it made wiring everything much simpler. While the dual chamber design makes for a wider chassis overall, there is nothing about this design that you will dislike.
It offers free flow of air through the main chamber, keeping all of your components cooler, and on full display without any interruptions. Having the drives and PSU in the back gets everything out of view from the left side, and their placement keeps wiring runs short and sweet. We also did not notice that any of the plastic panels vibrated. This was an issue with the Air 240 chassis and is something that Corsair seems to have fixed in this design. The top, front, or bottom panels never made a peep.
You will have to dig a little deeper into your pocket for this mid-tower over many others we have seen before, but as we mentioned earlier, this is not your standard mid-tower chassis. $149 is at the upper end of pricing for this segment, but you do get everything you could want in this chassis. Room for multiple water loops, the ability to keep any build clean and tidy, and ample room in the back for all the drives you could need and want. With all of your gear inside of the Air 740, it gives you the sense that you are leaving something out. With so much room at your disposal, the Carbide Series Air 740 High Airflow PC cube chassis is everything you would ever want and some.
This chassis has won us over, and as we see it, it may be up being one of the top selling cases Corsair has ever released. The only decision you have to make at this point is, do you want it in white, or is black fine with you.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: If ever the time was right to jump into the Corsair Carbide Air case lineup, now is that time! It is huge for a mid-tower, delivers a clean and respectable looking build, and has aesthetics that should please anyone. The Air 740 is destined to become a huge hit.
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