By Dustin Sklavos
The unconventional design of Carbide Series Air 540 utilizes dual chambers to deliver cooler air to your CPU, graphics cards, motherboard, and memory without your drives or power supply getting in the way. The included custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans provide great airflow performance at lower noise levels than typical case fans. And, you can mount up to six 120mm or five 140mm fans, with 280mm top radiator support and room for a 360mm radiator on the front panel.
Like all Corsair cases, Carbide Series Air 540 is designed for fast, neat, and satisfying builds. The tinted, oversized flush-mount side window lets you show off your work.
Our Direct Airflow Path™ design utilizes dual chambers to deliver cooler air to your CPU, graphics cards, motherboard, memory, and other PCIe components without your drives or power supply getting in the way.
Carbide Series Air 540 includes 140mm Corsair Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans. The AF140L is based on the award-winning AF140 and provides great airflow performance at lower noise levels than typical case fans. The easy access, low-restriction dust filters are easy to maintain.
You can mount up to six 120mm or five 140mm fans, or install a 240mm or 280mm top radiator and a 240mm, 280mm, or even 360mm radiator on the front panel. Corsair’s innovative cable routing system gives you more options for hiding pumps and tubing out of the way.
Like all Corsair cases, Carbide Series Air 540 is designed for fast, neat, and satisfying builds. You get tool-free PCIe and storage installation, two internal hot-swap drive bays, and more features for making assembly, upgrades, and maintenance quick and easy. And, the tinted, oversized flush-mount side window lets you show off your work.
Corsair Carbide Series PC cases have the high-end features you need, and nothing you don’t. Designed to be the foundation of awesome yet approachable PCs, they combine the latest technology and ergonomic innovations with lots of room to build and expand, and amazing cooling potential.
This is very much a case of Corsair demonstrating an ability to create products that are right in line with enthusiasts' expectations. Attractive, easy to build into, great at showcasing your hardware , and plenty of air- or liquid-cooling possibilities: the Air 540 hits a lot of the right notes. Is this Corsair's best chassis to date? Perhaps not - the 600T is still prettier, the 650D is made of sterner stuff and the 550D is noticeably quieter - but we're confident in calling the Air 540 Corsair's cleverest solution thus far. The dual-chamber approach has merit, and this first attempt at the cube is so convincing that we're already looking forward to spin-offs. A white Graphite Cube? A sound-proofed, aluminium Obsidian Cube? Yes, please.Full Review!
I have to say this is one of the best cases I have reviewed ever at Pro-Clockers. The cube-style chassis structure is something that is dominated by the likes of Lian Li, Mountain Mods, Cubitek and a few others. To have one, you will likely need a hefty sum of cash somewhere around $300 or more which pretty much dents anybody's wallet just for a computer case. Yes, all these cases of made of aluminum which is great but only a few enthusiast really have the likes with an all-aluminum case. On the other hand, Corsair has bought the cube case available to the modest enthusiast PC builders. For a long time, I was hoping someone would do this. I should have figured it would be Corsair as they have a tendency to look around and ask people what they want in products they sell. Great innovation from Corsair indeed!Full Review!
“The Corsair Obsidian 350D is honestly everything I could want in an M-ATX case. It provides a beautiful platform that will easily handle a multitude of configurations.“ “If asked, “Should I buy the Corsair Obsidian 350D?” my answer would be an emphatic “YES!”.
“Corsairs first M-ATX case is near perfect, it provides a beautiful exterior, an easy to work with interior and expandability without being massive.”Full Review!
“I can see this chassis proving popular with those who like to show off their rigs, there is a lot of space inside the 540 for customisation and certainly a lot of room for water cooling. This is a great case now, but has the potential to be ever better if you have the time and money to invest in it.”Full Review!
The Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 is a superlative chassis which executes the unique features very well. Cable management is about as easy as it gets and the spacious primary and hidden secondary chamber, combined with excellent grommet positioning, make for a simple to use and very effective system.Full Review!
We have to admit that we're quite taken with the Carbide Air 540. Cube cases aren't for everyone but there's something about the ease with which you can build a system into it as well as it's unique look and water-cooling-friendly design that makes it a much more appealing option than your average enthusiast tower case. In fact, we'd much rather own it than its big brother, the Obsidian 900D, or any of the large tower cases we've seen recently. Its price tag makes it especially attractive and combined with the fact it would stand out (for good, not bad reasons) at a LAN party means Corsair has pulled off something special here - a case that's different but actually good and doesn't cost a fortune. When the cube cases of last decade became popular they proved quite tricky to get hold of, and were snapped up by eager enthusiasts in the second hand market.Full Review!
Surviving our enthusiast testing process isn't a chore to be taken lightly. Every case that comes through the HardOCP labs is thoroughly examined, pushed to the limit, and tested in ways that we feel gives you an accurate assessment of the product's ability to perform in the manner you would use it at home. The Corsair Carbide Series AIR 540 is a uniquely designed chassis that delivers on its promises. If you call yourself an enthusiast, the AIR 540 should be at the top of your list.Corsair Carbide Series AIR 540 is available from Amazon for $128.38 with free shipping. Taking everything into consideration, the great design, unique features, phenomenal performance and great price, the AIR 540 is deserving of our [H] Editor's Choice Gold Award.Full Review!