Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
If we were to single out Corsair for one major thing they are known for when it comes to designing cases, it has to be their original styling that they reveal on many sexy cases. The 800D and 900D are beasts, but have a unique style that sets them apart, there are many of the usual suspects, but there are the Graphite series cases, which show that square does not have to be your only choice for exterior shape. Their Carbide series has always been delivered with a straightforward attack on their designs, by this we mean, that while they have individual styling cues, at the same time, the shapes are quite boxy. Even when it came to the Carbide Air cases from the past, the same idea of square cases was offered, yet a lot of concessions were made to optimize airflow, and as such, it gave these cases their own identity as well.
It just so happens that it seems that the Carbide Air 240 and the Carbide Air 540 were just not enough for Corsair, or maybe it was that after production of the Air 540, they thought they could have done things better. Either way, you want to look at it, it has resulted in the third version of the Carbide Air series cases. While Corsair stuck with everything which made the previous two successful, new ideas have been implemented, and the styling has changed so much that this new iteration no longer resembles its past. A whole new look is in store for the masses, and the layout inside is similar, yet Corsair can expand upon what we have seen before, upgrading the majority of the design.
We are speaking of the Corsair Carbide Air 740 High Airflow cube PC chassis, the latest and greatest of the Carbide Air cases. Internally, it is hard to shake the feel of the original designs, as dual chambered cases do tend to look alike at first glance. However, they have redesigned the 2.5" drive rack system, making it more modular than ever, they tend to wiring like never before, and even being a mid-tower chassis, it affords room for E-ATX motherboards. Externally, the vertical lines of the previous cases have been tossed out, and a whole new sheet of paper was used when delivering what we feel is an astonishing looking aesthetic to their latest creation. For those of you who missed out on the originals, or happen to have one and are thinking of an upgrade, now is the time, as the Carbide Air 740 from Corsair is on the hunt to be a market killer for many other companies.
We had to devise the chart seen above, partly from the information found on the box, and checking that against the reviewer's guide. Inside of the box, you will receive the Carbide Series Air 740 High Airflow PC cube chassis, but you will have the option of white or black for the exterior. The chassis is made mostly of steel but also uses ABS plastic for components which attach to the top, the front, as well as the bottom. As for the left side panel, it resembles those from the Graphite Series and is made of polycarbonate. The dimensional figures show us that this chassis is 426mm from front to back, it stands 510mm in height, it is 340mm in width, and the shipping weight with packaging is 24 pounds. While this is technically a mid-tower chassis, you have options of using a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even has plenty of room for an E-ATX motherboard too.
The front I/O panel contains two USB 3.0 ports, a reset button, power button, a pair of HD Audio 3.5mm jacks, and an LED lighting switch. The bays are not found in the main compartment, as they have been moved to the right half of the chassis, not only for the looks but to keep wiring short and hidden from view. It is there in which we find a cage near the front housing three 3.5" drives. Near the back of the chassis, still, on the right side, we find another rack supporting 2.5" drives. This rack is a bit different as well, the individual 2.5" drive bays can come unclipped from one another, so you keep just what you need in the chassis. Back to the left side of the chassis, at the back, there are eight expansion slots for multiple card layouts, and each card can be up to 370mm in length.
Cooling by default is handled by a trio of AF140L fans. Two of them are placed in the front of the chassis, blowing in at the left chamber. The third fan is in the left chamber as well but is hanging in the back, used to exhaust the chassis. The Air 740 is designed to allow for eight fans. There is room for two 140mm or 120mm fans in the top, and the same setup is found in the bottom. The front of the chassis can house a trio of 120mm fans or two 140mm fans, and there is the fan at the back of the case left in this equation, giving us the eight fan locations. As for the water cooling support, the top and bottom are listed to house a 240mm or 280mm radiator, and the front is said to house a 360mm, 280, or 240mm radiator without issue. You can also use the back for water cooling support, but you are restricted to single radiators. We also found there is reservoir support in the back, but on the right side of the chassis, just above the PSU mounting location.
Since we are writing this review ahead of the launch of the Carbide Air 740, we did not see any listed online for sale. Corsair has briefed us on the pricing, and for a standard mid-tower chassis, the pricing is on the high side of the scale, but this is not a standard mid-tower chassis. Corsair has set the MSRP at $149 for this chassis, and after we show you what this chassis has in store for you, we think pricing will become a moot point in any argument. The Corsair Carbide Air 740 High Airflow PC cube chassis is just so stunning to see, and with everything laid out as it is, it is near impossible to not appreciate what this culmination of ingenuity, design, and aesthetic appeal delivers.
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)
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