Corsair Carbide Air 540

The Cube

Corsair Carbide Air 540  

Corsair have been known for their quality cases for a long time now, but this new release is a little different from the offerings that we're used to. The new case breaks the typical tower design that the rest of their lineup follows, instead going for a more cuboid shape with a wider base. With 'Air' in the name you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that, much like Cooler Master's HAF series, the case is focussed on air cooling. However, with the ability to install up to a 360mm radiator in the front and a 280mm in the top, this case is perfect for the watercooling enthusiasts among you. 

Being retailed at $140 in the US the case should reach side of the pond at around the £120 mark, but don't quote us on that. With the unusual dimensions, fantastic cooling support, full side panel window, and a decent price tag, it's will be of no surprise to us if this case becomes extremely popular. Wanting to build a new rig with Haswell, perhaps a new nVidia card? - this case could be a great option for you.

Corsair Carbide Air 540

Remember the TTL video in which he mentions the case that may replace Orca? That would be this little beauty. We think its great that case manufacturers are beginning to stray away with the norm, though it's not surprising with how popular the Bitfenix Prodigy has become. The sweet aesthetics and fantastic functionality, we look forward to this case being a common addition to our Project Logs and Rig Gallery sections. It will be extremely interesting to see what other hardware combinations people shall be putting inside.

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04-06-2013, 20:13:35

Josh Weston
Breaking away from the more traditional case design, Corsair have unveiled their newest offering to their product list: the Air 540 Cube Case.
Continue ReadingQuote

04-06-2013, 20:46:13

I see a caselabs meme? Much classier and not so plain but I'm not so keen on cube styled cases. Nevertheless the ability to add a 360 and a 240 is whats gonna make this sell. I think a video from TTL will prove to everyone how good this sucker really claims to be!Quote

04-06-2013, 21:31:21

Looks heavy, think they missed the point.Quote

04-06-2013, 21:32:13

Sure is something different. I like it!Quote

04-06-2013, 23:17:02

I think its cool as ! I love my 500R and dont really have room for something like that but if I did, Id buy one. Nothing better than having plenty of room for digging around in your rig especially when youre a chronic upgrader like me that just upgrades things just to buy something new.Quote

04-06-2013, 23:34:53

I think Corsair are on a winner with this case, it will sell by the truckload particularly given it's dual air/water ease of use and quite clever design.Quote

04-06-2013, 23:51:12

I want one. I already have a water loop in mind for the beast. That back panel with a little modding can accomodate some more rads as well.
This is gonna make for one hell of a tidy build.Quote

05-06-2013, 01:06:48

I like this case , although it may be a bit to large to fit where I have my pc now.
It looks like a very efficient case for air cooling and also has water cooling options too.
I want some more info on this before I make up my mind though.
I hope they fixed some of the issues they had with the 650D , a usb 3 front panel header and a little thicker side panel window just to name a couple. But overall I like the looks of it , kind of like the caselabs magnum line.
When will this case be available?Quote

05-06-2013, 03:32:32

I really like this case too and would love to replace my Carbide 500 R with it. Is there room for push/pull on a H100i up top?
Very nice case Quote

05-06-2013, 03:51:30

Looking at the video with a build inside, it doesn't look like there will be room for a thick 60mm rad with p\p in the front if you have a long GPU, though hopefully I'm wrong Quote

05-06-2013, 05:47:09

Now this looks awesome, I like the wider than taller design. Plenty of cooling options as well.Quote

05-06-2013, 11:14:18

I like it so much I actually just pre-ordered it.

Finally found a replacement for my ageing black&white CM690II Quote

05-06-2013, 13:51:16

Natively supports one 360 rad and one 280 rad, and fits E-ATX motherboards.. all for a mere $140. This case would be perfect for a watercooled 2011 system.

When is this thing coming out?Quote

05-06-2013, 18:06:25

Late august from what I hearQuote

05-06-2013, 20:06:39

Late August? When will a TTL review happen?Quote

06-06-2013, 04:46:05

Scan have it on pre-order for £116.99...

06-06-2013, 06:50:07

Finally, I think this may replace my HAF X. I can't wait.Quote

06-06-2013, 10:40:11

Originally Posted by Kong View Post
Finally, I think this may replace my HAF X. I can't wait.
Lol that's what I put on FB, but I want to see how thick a rad you can get in the frontQuote

06-06-2013, 12:27:36

Originally Posted by CmPick View Post
Late August? When will a TTL review happen?
Checking YouTube daily for this to appear. Can't wait...

Please tell us TTL if this will appear soon. No doubt Corsair has sent you one??Quote

07-06-2013, 18:06:18

Smithy 92
This could be a nice replacement for my HAF 932 AMD Edition case. Also it looks a lot nicer than the HAF XB. Can't wait for it to be released. I will definitely be buying one of these off amazon when it comes out.Quote

07-06-2013, 21:28:57

If caselabs entered the mainstream market for cases then corsair would have some stiff competition. Never know.Quote

07-06-2013, 22:46:43

I looked at the HAF XB, and its a nice case, but coming down from an X, I don't think I would be happy with it. Especially running dual 7970's and sticking a rad on the front and getting a P/P that I want.

I like the fact that this one looks more sophisticated than a HAF series, but might give me equal cooling.Quote

07-06-2013, 22:57:43

Then buy it or a caselabs case?Quote

08-06-2013, 12:00:54

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
If caselabs entered the mainstream market for cases then corsair would have some stiff competition. Never know.
No one would buy Corsair cases anymore ( yes, I think Caselabs are that good ). No disrespect to Corsair, they make the best mainstream cases in my opinion. Anyway, it would be a bold move for Caselabs and surely they would have to cut corners in order to keep the price down.Quote

08-06-2013, 12:03:48

They wouldn't need to cut corners. Just make a mainstream case and open up another facility in the UK/Europe and a lot of costs would go down. Not cheap but may just work.Quote

08-06-2013, 13:29:05

This case is going to sell out.Quote

09-06-2013, 08:48:47

I don't know about europe, but from what I understand, review units will be shipping in the US within the next couple of weeks, and the way corsair worded it publicly, there is no embargo in place, so reviews should occur within weeks, after all, they claim they will be ready to ship directly, by early july, it is just getting the units to the retailers that will take until august.Quote

10-06-2013, 10:15:44

nice looking caseQuote

11-06-2013, 05:40:20

I think I might just desperately want one if it conforms to my OCD standards.

I hope that the 3.5" cages in the front are removed to leave a smooth bottom and then I can stick my hard drives in the optical bays and keep the front super clean. Overall i'm not sure they have got the drives spot on, surely there would have been room for a little rack in the back above the PSU instead of the stupid 2.5" rack, like anyone with the cash for 4 SSD's isn't going to buy a 900D which brings me onto my other concern, this is not an Obsidian. The apparent difference between my graphite 600T and obsidian 550D were enough to sway me to avoid lesser cases. This actually looks pretty high quality in the pics.

TTL i'm sure you will but please cover these issues thoroughly when you get a review out.Quote

11-06-2013, 09:52:23

You lot need to remember Ive known about this case for about 8 months.....

Ive spent a fair bit of time on it and as ever its not perfect. But its still pretty epic and the price just makes it better IMHOQuote

11-06-2013, 17:54:25

Any time frame for a review?Quote

11-06-2013, 18:16:06

Very nice caseQuote

20-06-2013, 10:16:46

@Pepe: Give us some specs!!!

Looks very good though!Quote

20-06-2013, 10:53:32

I posted pics and specs in rig gallery, waiting for approval from moderator

21-06-2013, 16:07:02

Originally Posted by Kong View Post
Any time frame for a review?
Soon I hope... I watched that "other" review of it on YouTube and thought to myself, " my life!! I need to see Tom's review ASAP".Quote

27-06-2013, 08:33:54

Ordered mine the other day. Can't wait for it to arrive!Quote

07-07-2013, 03:53:31

Am I the only one who thinks this case is hideous? The only way this case is livable, is if you turn it on its side. Even then the cheap plastics are a sin. Get a Lian Li PC-343 and be done with it.Quote

07-07-2013, 04:52:00

Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post
Am I the only one who thinks this case is hideous? The only way this case is livable, is if you turn it on its side. Even then the cheap plastics are a sin. Get a Lian Li PC-343 and be done with it.
The price of that you could get 2 of these, and looking at tom's review of it (tom's first review as it goes) I can't say I like it. but each to their own tastes Quote

07-07-2013, 10:59:15

I'm not a fan of it either to be honest, It's got a lot of nice features, but it's just to big as in the foot print is huge it will need it's own small desk or shelf ..lolQuote

20-07-2013, 05:01:34

I really love this case. I think it has a lot of potential. When I'm ready to build my first computer, this is the case I'm going to use. I looks great. Cable management is going to be really good with this case. Can't wait to see what others do with it.Quote

20-07-2013, 07:49:08

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Ive spent a fair bit of time on it and as ever its not perfect.
Is there a case that is?

CaseLabs cases do look nice, but they're very expensive and from what I've seen they lack the finishing touches of mainstream cases. Plus everything seems to be extra, which is annoying considering how much you pay for the case upfront (I was looking at getting a STH10 for a while, but £700 for a case that wouldn't really fit on or under a desk seemed a bit silly.

The Corsair 540 may not be prefect but it's also relatively cheap for a case of it's spec these days. What other case can work so well as air or watercooled? (Switch 810?) Which other case can fit a triple and double rad with no modding in this price range? (Switch 810)
And lets fact is while the chassis of the 810 seems decent, the cheap looking plastic NZXT surround it it is a ****ing eyesore.

I'm hoping to get one of these soon to replace my HAF 932 which is a bit like the Switch 810 except in my opinion the plastic doesn't look as bad.

Hopefully I'll be building a new Haswell setup in a 540, if I can ever choose a motherboard...Quote

07-08-2013, 16:33:38

Any word on when we'll see a full review on this case ?Quote

07-08-2013, 19:45:24

Tom's ill at the moment so can't see it being this weekQuote

18-08-2013, 12:44:52

I know Tom's been ill and so is probably behind with everything, but as this case has been out a while now, what do the people that own it think of it?

Personally I think it's fairly average.
  • I dislike the way you have to remove 2 thumbscrews and 2 'panels' to be able to clean the front dust filter.
  • I dislike that the optical drive bays actually prevent you from using the top grommets for any sizable cables (fan cables etc. seem fine).
  • I don't think it's particularly easy to cable manage the back compartment. Sure it's easy to throw all the cables in there, but in this case it's a section of the case rather than just being a gap behind the motherboard tray. Keeping the motherboard side neat and the other side messy seems like doing half a job and making excuses.
  • I found PSU mounting a bit fiddly, especially the screw in front support and the hot-swap drive connectors.
  • I think the SSD assembly could be improved. Just pushing and pulling them apart seems like it could lead to things breaking or becoming loose after repeated use.
  • The optical drives seem the wrong way up to me, I'd have rotated them 180º (not sure why though).
  • I feel it could've been a little bigger in each dimension.
  • I realise it's called the AIR, but WCing seems a little awkward. Can't quite get a 60mm rad + fans in the top, a 60mm rad + fans in the front starts to block off grommets. Also, not really an easy place to mount a pump, drive bays don't seem ideal and there's not a lot of floor space for a pump or anywhere to fit a tube res.
  • Getting positive air pressure seems awkward. Taking the front as intake and top/rear as exhaust (due to no dust filters) you can have 3x120mm (or 2x140mm) intake and 3x140mm exhaust.

Oh, and...
  • Not enough front-panel USB connectors
  • Front-panel USB3 connector could be longer!

19-08-2013, 07:09:38

I haven't seen this case in the flesh yet but I like it from what I've seen so far. Love the idea of putting all your "mess" out the back and fully showcasing the Motherboard and Cards etc. Cable management seems good.

I think it's a perfect case but with some small, really annoying issues...
The lack of 3.5" drive bay mounts in the back is crazy, all that room too.
There are mounts in the motherboard section but they look stuck in and out of place, plus there's a gaping hole underneath them?? Would have been nice to have seen a blanking panel at least for this.
Also it would have been good to see a hot swap bay of some sort?

You can mod these things easily but for me it feels like they had the perfect case design then decided to bugger it up.Quote

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