Summary: Final Thoughts
There only have been a few cases that after reviewing them I think to myself there really is nothing wrong with this case. That is exactly how I feel about the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 case. Corsair just did it right with this case.
Pros: – Dual chamber design, – Lots of room for cooling, both air and water, – Large side panel window, – Easy installation
Video Perspective: Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case Review
25 August 2013
Excerpt: The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is a very unique case. It fits a full size ATX motherboard and up to four dual-slot graphics cards but it's shorter than you might expect thanks to a design choice that splits the active components from the mostly passive ones.
Conclusion: The main draw of this case, beside the fact you can stash it in places a full tower can’t go, is going to be the uninterrupted airflow it affords over the motherboard—assuming you’ve done your cabling job well.
Pros: Separate, side-by-side motherboard/PSU zones for streamlined cooling, 2.5-inch drive cage, Utilitarian-but-efficient design
Cons: No fans in the PSU chamber, No mesh under 3.5-inch drive sleds, Just two 3.5-inch bays
Excerpt: This design we are talking about is something we have only really seen in very large and expensive cases. But in the case of the Carbide Air 540, it is much smaller and having many of the same features you would see in a typical enthusiast case.
Summary: During COMPUTEX 2013 CORSAIR introduced a few new enclosures, the Carbide 330R and the 540 AIR version. While the first is more a refinement of exiting designs, the new 540 AIR sports a revolutionary design for mass production cases.
Summary: My current computer desk has three shelves: the bottom, which is 19H x 20W x 24L, the middle, which is only 17H x 20W x 16L and, of course, the top is smaller. Most mid-tower cases are about 18" high, so I thought I was right on the money, but I was wrong, since I don't think manufacturers take the...
Summary: Honestly, it is very hard to NOT like a Corsair chassis these days. The Carbide Air 540 is something new and even a bit revolutionary as very little comes close. Even if you don't really like the looks, it is so unusual that it is bound to intrigue regardless.
Summary: At around 140 U.S. dollars, the Corsair Carbide Air 540 is not cheap. You can get a pretty cool mid-tower case with a great feature set at that price, or go even bigger for the same price.
Pros: Excellent concept, Extremely easy assembly process, Can hold two 3.5" and five 2.5" drives, Screwless HDD installation, Screwless ODD installation, Loads of space for up to two 240 or 280 mm radiators, Includes three high-quality 140 mm fans, Loads of room for large CPU cooler, Nifty white power ...
Cons: A bit on the expensive side, Metal mesh area flexes rather easily, No possibility to use the USB 3.0 connector for USB 2.0-based boards, Basic I/O, Tool-less SSD system only works well for SSDs of a traditional height, There is plenty of space for even more HDD bays; a few extra 3.5" ones would h...
Conclusion: The Carbide Series Air 540 is exactly the sort of chassis that Corsair should be producing. It's different, interesting, and ultimately makes you want to build a new rig. This is very much a case of Corsair demonstrating an ability to create products that are right in line with enthusiasts'...