Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case Review
Cases and Cooling
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Corsair’s Obsidian 800D case came out of nowhere and took the market by storm and since then, they managed to keep their consumers happy with exciting new cases, such as the 600T, 900D and 300R. Most of these cases exteriors though had a very conservative design when it came to the aesthetics, so while the cases were renowned for their quality, looks and compatibility they were all based on the standard ATX design.
The new Carbide series Air 540 is a complete departure from what we have seen from Corsair so far though, as it features a unique, dual-chamber design with a Direct Airflow Path to cool all the vital components. One of the chambers houses the motherboard and 3.5-inch hard drives, while the second chamber houses power supply, 2.5-inch SSDs and 5.25-inch optical drives. This two-chamber design allows for cleaner cable routing, lower noise levels, and better cooling than traditional layouts.
The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is also aesthetically different than the case previously released by Corsair. Instead of having a standard ATX design the 540 is shaped like a cube. This gives it a larger foot print in the room, but it also allowed Corsair to move certain components around to optimize them for installation, cooling and cable management.
As part of the Carbide series the Air 540 doesn’t have an incredibly steep MSRP, as it costs just $139.99. That makes it a relatively affordable case for all that it offers and if it hits the right notes, when it comes to cooling, cable management and compatibly, we could see this being one of the top selling cases in 2013.