|Item model number||CC-9011096-WW|
|Item Weight||19.44 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.77 x 20.08 x 13.38 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||16.77 x 20.08 x 13.38 inches|
|Manufacturer||Corsair - IMPORT FOB HKG|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||September 1, 2016|
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CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 740 ATX Cube Case, High-Airflow
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- Dual-chamber direct airflow path design: utilizes Dual chambers to deliver cooler Air to your CPU, Graphics cards, motherboard, Memory, and other PCI-E components without your drives.
- Industrial-style ergonomics and space-saving internal design: offers massive internal Volume by moving the power supply, SSD and Optical drives into a separate chamber
- Includes custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans: based on the award-winning Af140, the included fans provide great airflow performance at lower noise levels than typical case fans
- Expansion room: for up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans, a 240mm or 280mm top radiator, and a 240mm, 280mm, or 360mm radiator on the front panel
- Maximum gpu length is 12.99 inch and maximum psu length is 8.85. Maximum cpu cooler height is inch 6.69 inch. Compatible corsair liquid coolers are h55, h60, h75, h80i v2, h90, h100i v2, h105, h110i and h115i
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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 case technologies and ergonomic innovations with amazing cooling potential, and plenty of room to build and expand.
Room to Breathe
The unique design of Carbide Series Air 740 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.
Cool it your way
The included Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans deliver superior ventilation with less noise. The Air 740 features expansion room for advanced air cooling and water cooling setups.
Industrial-style ergonomics and space-optimized internal design
Offers massive internal volume by moving the power supply, SSD and optical drives into a separate chamber.
For up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans, a 240mm or 280mm top radiator, and a 240mm, 280mm, or 360mm radiator on the front panel.
The Smart, unconventional design of Carbide Series Air 740 utilizes dual chambers to deliver cooler Air to your CPU and graphics cards without your drives or power supply GETTING in the way. The included custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans deliver superior ventilation with less noise. The Air 740 features expansion room for advanced Air cooling and water cooling setups.
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This is a mid tower chassis in height, but the extra width gives this case some serious chops and makes me like it despite the flaws present in this design. But I got to be fair about the flaws, they're situational depending on what you plan to put into this beastly case. The left side is where your GPUs, CPU, PCI cards and fans will go, while the right compartment houses the PSU, HDDs and SSDs. The single strongest feature of this case is the many ways you can mount fans and AIO water cooling, up to a 280mm AIO on top, front and bottom, or a 360, or even a combination there of. The airflow on the left side of the case is simply tremendous, letting you use 2x140mm top/front/bottom or 3x120mm top/front and if you're into LED fans, look good doing it. I'm personally not into bling, but I've seen plenty of examples where the LED showing off to a nice effect. And the grommet cable holes on the motherboard plate are plentiful, letting you be neat about laying out your cable pathing if you're into that to where its downright roomy.
The case is a little spartan on some things though, first is the front panel only has 2 USB mounts, but they are 3.0, as well as a audio/mic jack, reset switch and that's it. There are no 5.25" bays (more on that below) though there is a little panel below the USB panel that can be popped out. Its still a mystery as to what one can fit in there, common thought is that is a future proof slot designed for a VR input panel but on Corsair's accessory page there's nothing one can buy as of yet designed to fit that "bay". I suppose 2 usb slots is enough, but I upgraded from a 800D and had gotten used to a 4 usb panel and given how subjective that preference is it isn't reflected in my rating. I do however find the angled fit of the existing usb panel a oddity that may make for complications to some users. I'm not big on grabbing tools and performing case surgery, and if you're the same you're going to have to accept that there's only one choice for that usb panel and that's the one Corsair puts infront of you. I'm sure those who are skilled at such things can create adaptions that would handle any issues they run into.
Now to the flaws. First and most annoying is the top grill. Its a ribbed affair with a large metal mesh but no filter. This is where the docking of a star stands firm all on its own, especially considering how well designed the front filter is. The front filter is done perfectly, its magnetic with a few guiding posts to properly seat it and it stands up and away from the fan bay to eliminate any kind of choking. This is what the top vent should've included but Corsair pulled not just one, but two bone headed moves. Not only did they not include a top filter, they don't even make one as a stand alone you could buy, forcing you to rely on 3rd party vendors. Now some of you chip-heads won't care about this and that would be a fair rebuttal, but it adds a additional degree of work/modding for me to mess with and that chaps my cookies to no end. It was almost a deal breaker for me, but I wanted a cube and the competition's just didn't sit right with me (either due to aesthetics, feature set, or footprint).
Likewise, the bottom vent also doesn't have a filter and once again, you'll have to rely on 3rd party sources if you plan to use the bottom as a intake source. In due fairness, most people will likely not use the bottom as a intake, but it will still suck in dust depending on how fine you balance your positive and negative air pressure within the case. I personally have a single slow spinning 140mm set to exhaust on the bottom to assist with removing case air. Because I live in the desert dust is a concern, and because Corsair didn't design a filter for the top of the case, I was more or less required to mount my double radiator there set to exhaust and set the front fans to intake. My preference would've been to mount the radiator to the front, but after several rounds of testing I found that the temps under load were good enough with the radiator on top that I would be better served ind dealing with dust that way instead of the front mounting it.
Where I would dock half a star if I could is on the right side of the case, and this is situational depending on the hardware you intend to use. If you're someone who is planning on going all SSD, then the following absolutely WILL NOT matter to you. The only thing that you then have to make peace with is the lack of filters for the top and bottom and maybe the lack of 5.25" bays. But if you plan on mounting HDDs like I did, especially if you're using very high RPM HDDs, pay heed to what follows.
The HDD cage is at the front of the case and it will hold 3 HDDs in vertical formation. The cage allows for very little space between the HDDS if you use all 3 slots, far less than standard HDD cages. There is a mesh grill on the back of the case that has room for mounting fans, however the mounting rails are too wide for a 80mm and the two 92 mm I had on hand both were too big by just a small margin. I could've taken a dremel tool to the 92mm, but I opted instead to mount a single 80mm with half of the screws going in through the mesh grill. You'll definitely want to get a PWM fan and be able to control its speed if you go this route, my first 80mm was a 3pin and spun at high speed and was loud enough to be heard two rooms away. I since purchased a PWM 80mm and have it set to low speed, making it almost silent.
Here's the thing; I HAD to mount a fan to the back of the case to move air towards the HDD cage. I have a 2TB WD Black, and 2x4TB WD Blue for all the video editing/storage and so on that I do. WIthout that 80mm at the back, those drives would heat up to the mid 50s after about 6 hours NON USE!!! If I was doing work, they'd heat up to the high 50s/low 60s within 2 hour's time. I can't imagine how fast a 10k rpm HDD would heat up, but if you had more than just a single one in the cage I'm pretty sure it would start to make toast pretty quick. Now, for all that grumbling I will say that mounting a single 80mm fan with minimal attention to placement, just aiming it at the cage as a intake, is all it takes to keep the HDD temps in the 30s (40s when in steady use). Basically you just need some air movement going on to prevent it from turning into a hot box, despite what Tiny Tim Logan claims in his review.
No 5.25" bay on the front. Depending on how you feel about that sort of this, this will be the likely other deal breaker aside from the missing top filter (or even the HDD tray heating up). I personally stopped using optical drives when most of my customers preferred to either download work I've done for them or get it on a jump drive. I still have a optical but I've been using a external for quite some time now. The thing is, there is plenty of room to mount a double 5.25 vertically on the lower half of the compartment and it wouldn't impact cabling hardly at all. Without doing so, cabling is a non issue, you can make it pretty if you like (I did because I'm retentive that way) but you could literally just wad up all the cabling and shove it in the lower area infront of the PSU rail and call job done.
Because 5.25 bays aren't just for optical drives (i.e. fan controllers, water reservoirs, additional HDDs, card readers), there's a lot of choices that you are now not going to be able to use. If you're someone who does DIY water cooling, the room on the right compartment will delight you, as the HDD cage is removable on top and you can literally use the entire height of the case for a reservoir. With no 5.25 bays to contend with, even if you kept the HDD cage you'll have plenty of room to mount and run hoses. A additional benefit would be the ease of draining by mounting your reservoir in the right compartment, as that panel is easily removed, everything is a good ways away from sensitive components, and running a drain line would be quick and easily done. So it really depends on how badly you want/need 5.25" bays as to whether or not that's a bonus for you. It didn't matter at all to me, so it didn't factor into my rating.
In conclusion, if you found my review useful to your buying decision, I'd appreciate a up vote letting me know I helped inform you, and if not, feel free to drop me a comment on what I could've done better or included in the review. Or if you have questions, if I can I'll answer them and take any criticism as a good way to improve my reviewing skills to benefit others.
Now for the negatives. It doesn't have any Hard Drive Activity LED in the case. It has a I/O cable labelled LED but it is for the LED lighting control accessory that Corsair sells. Now in the process of making up my own LED cable to place somewhere in the front fan filter area so I can see hard drive activity. It also does not have any outside optical drive bays at all. Not a negative I guess since optical drives have fallen out of favor now for solid state drives or USB flash drives. Doesn't have the hot swap drive bays that the Air 540 case had but I never used or needed.
All in all, a very nice case and very nice aesthetics in my opinion.
A case should last many years and my last one; a $75 400R lasted 8 years. I started to really notice the dings and scratches.. the fixed HDD/5.25 bays and decided I wanted to put my new hardware into a different chassis. My previous 400R was built like a tank. This case costing twice as much is simply lacking in comparison.
First of all, it's not as 'HUGE' as people say, it's wider obviously.. but shorter back to front than many mid towers. With my 305mm GPU and a 27mm fan installed in front there was only about 25mm of clearance left. Check all your measurements before planning on thick radiators or push/pull setups.
My goal with this case was eventual water cooling with 240-280mm radiators top and bottom. The bottom intake of this case is a prominent feature. Otherwise what do you really have here, a lot of cases hide HDD's... a lot of cases hide PSU cables, and most every case offers 2x140mm fans in the front. From watching reviews I knew the bottom intake didn't have any filtration, what they don't tell you is that it is nearly impossible to add it.
I had an old Silverstone 280mm filter that I used on the 400R side panel and thought that might work for the bottom of this case.. not even close. Demciflex and other thick frame filters will not fit at all.. don't waste your money. I liked the 1mm magnetic filter they included for the PSU intake area so I bought two of those from Corsair directly for $20. So now I'm $170 into this case, and they barely worked. I had to remove the metal grating from the bottom panel in order to get them to fit. You might be able to get some screen from the hardware store and make it work without modding, otherwise I don't see how else to do it besides old cumbersome screw in filters or cutting on the bottom panel. This is simply a design flaw, had they not carried the louvered design to the bottom panel a filter could be added easily in a number of ways.
Comparatively the filter on the front of the case is perfect, sturdy thick frame with strong magnets and even sits into place with trimmed rubber fan mounts. This makes the situation on the bottom even more aggravating.
I knew going in obviously that the side panel is acrylic, this didn't bother me too much at first because I thought there might be a chance to replace it myself later on myself if I needed to, acrylic is cheap and they even cut it to your specs at some stores. Due to the curved design and integrated handle that's not really possible. Both panels have a lot of flex and on the acrylic side this meant that sometimes the bottom of the panel would catch on the frame while trying to close it. Corsair sells replacements for $30. Hopefully you never need one, hopefully they are still in production if you do.
I still like this case overall and can see where my issues won't affect as many people, it is a nice looking case. This isn't a small amount of money to me, so I felt like I should've loved it... but I didn't.
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The Motherboard side is where the sheer size of this thing really comes into its own, theres room for quite literally any set up you can think of, so that 2 way watercooled 1080 ti set up youve been craving will not be a problem in here. There is some little features that just make everything while building in this case just so much easier. The cable management grommets are everywhere, giving you that extremely clean look when looking through the perspex window on the left hand side of the case. The motherboard stand offs are already installed and waiting to accept any and all modern motherboards, including my X370 Gaming 5, and the included 3 140mm fans from corsair are absolutely fantastic for stock fans. Theres also an additional magnetic dust filter infront of the 2 front 140mm fans that runs the full height of the case.
Theres space for pretty much any exotic cooling solution you can think of and the ability to fit 3 radiators is something im sure someone out there has already achieved. The only thing that i could point at and say i was disappointed by was the lack of a bottom dust filter below the two 120/140mm intakes. Of all the things to overlook this just seems silly and would make this case just about perfect.
All in all for the price this case is, its a no brainer buy for the watercooling/high airflow enthusiast. The cooling capabilities this provides are great and the ease of use to build in it makes it great for the budding system builder. It can be a little noisy due simply to the amount of air it can move through it, but if your a gamer or content creator youll be spending a majority of your time with a headset on anyway. Do yourself a favour and pick up one of these if your new to building PC'S or if your dream is to have watercooling heaven.
The case has a lot of airflow, I recommend adding a fan to the rear compartment to help keep HDD/SSD's cool as mine were heating up until I added a fan. There is NO disk drive but I rarely used it anyway so it's no loss to me. There is also a strange little rectangle expansion slot but I don't know what it's for, I don't think anyone does :P
Only downside, no sound insulation so use quiet fans and air filters on the top and bottom would be an improvement. Would be nice if the front panel supported USB-C but maybe the next version.
You'll either love it or hate it, in my case (haha) the reason that I built my computer was that I loved the case design.