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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube Case Review

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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube Case Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: Corsair Components, Inc.
Product Name: Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case
Model Number: CC-9011030-WW
UPC: 843591039765
Price As Tested: $129.37 (Amazon | NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Corsair.

Corsair began as a company in 1994 by providing L2 cache modules to OEMs – to anyone familiar with modern CPUs, it is easy to see why Corsair has expanded to enthusiast oriented power supplies and RAM modules. With a background in high-performance memory for servers, Corsair has expanded to include SSDs, CPU coolers, peripherals and computer cases.

Starting with the Obsidian series, Corsair has systematically released a chassis to tackle almost every segment. With most of the segments covered, Corsair has rethought the ATX case and has released something a little… different. Launching at the top of the Carbide series (designed to be focused on performance and high-end features, while still being accessible to every builder), the Carbide Air 540 cube-style computer case brings a unique option to the series. Benchmark Reviews tests to see if it’s worth the $139.99 price of admission.

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Cube style cases aren’t new, they just aren’t very common. The arrangement allows for some interesting advantages though, let’s take a look and see what those might be.

Features & Specifications

  • Warranty: Two years
  • Dimensions: 415mm x 332mm x 458mm
  • MB Support: ATX, EATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Expansion Slots: 8
  • Form Factor: Mid-tower
  • Material: Steel and plastic
  • Front I/O: (x2) USB 3.0
  • (x1) Headphone
  • (x1) Mic
  • Power Supply: ATX (not included)

Technical Specifications

  • Dual-chamber Direct Airflow Path™ design for outstanding cooling potential
  • Clever, space-saving design still offers lots of internal volume
  • Includes three High Performance Air Series AF140L fans for better, quieter cooling
  • Tons of expansion room for high performance air cooling and liquid cooling
  • Full side panel window
  • Front dust filter
  • Black interior
  • Cable routing cutouts with rubber grommets
  • CPU cutout in motherboard tray for easy CPU cooler swap-out
  • Dual front USB 3.0 ports with internal connector
  • Headphone, Microphone front ports
  • Eight expansion slots for quad GPU installations
  • Fan Mount Locations:
    • Front: 2 x 140mm (included), 3 x 120mm (pre-spaced for radiators)
    • Top: 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm (pre-spaced for radiators)
    • Rear: 1 x 140mm (included) or 1 x 120mm
  • Dual 3.5” hot swap bays
  • Four 2.5” tool-free SSD drive cages
  • Maximum GPU Length 320mm
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height 170mm
  • Maximum PSU length 200mm

Specifications taken from the manufacturer’s product page.


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