The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is my dream case and with good reason, you see I have over the years grown bored of the traditional design of most tower cases and the Air 540 is a welcomed change from that monotony. Its a fresh spin on the ATX case that takes a typical system unit and instead of towering into the sky builds along the lines of a cubed design. The cube shape is basically like having two average sized cases side to side and it works with great effect as I bet you don’t see something like this everyday right?
I am pretty sure that a company like Corsair needs no introduction, and I am also sure most that readers here have owned at least one part from their vast lineup of components over the years. Since they have jumped into the chassis market with the Obsidian 800D, Corsair has turned the chassis world on its ear, and made quite an entry into the vast and overfilled chassis segment. As I have always said though, it doesn't take a huge company to get recognized, you just have to develop something the masses of buyers out there will absolutely fall in love with. It just happened to be that for Corsair; they were and are a large company, and all the stars aligned for them when they released that chassis into the world.
Let me just add that when they say that these case fans are quiet they are not joking, my old Gaming rig was so loud that visitors to the house would wonder if it was raining outside due to the hum of the fans (lol), I am serious. But these new fans are a beast at cooling and they are whisper quiet. Also the inside of the case has tons of space, so much so that you can fit any large or full-sized components. Also if you are thinking of doing a Liquid cooling custom loop then my friend you have just struck gold as this baby was made for such a build with plenty of clearing at the top for radiators and space all around to fit pumps and radiators.
One of the joys of being based out of the bay area is getting to actually visit the headquarters of some of these vendors. I've had one on one time with Antec, NVIDIA, Logitech, and my last visit to Corsair's headquarters in Fremont got me a good look at the early prototyping stages of both the Obsidian 900D and the Carbide Air 540. Corsair's designers were pretty enthusiastic about where they were going with what became the Air 540, and with good reason. Now that I've had a chance to handle the final product, I feel like I'm looking at the next BitFenix Prodigy.
Today we are venturing into looking at the Carbide Series Air 540. That bit of the name isn't so much different, but as the title stated, this is an ATX Cube chassis. The main concept with this design was to compartmentalize the motherboard, CPU and video card from the rest of the build. To do this they had to develop a much wider chassis than we normally see. In the second section of the chassis, if you will, is where you can put extra storage drives, optical drives, the power supply, as well as having plenty of room for the wiring. On top of just the basic idea in the frame design, Corsair also offer things like good water cooling compatibility, HDD bays with back planes, and most importantly this chassis is very well ventilated in all aspects.
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