Corsair Carbide Air 740 Case Review

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Corsair Air 740 Exterior

Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740

The Corsair Air 740 that we received was black, we haven’t heard of any additional colors.  If you are familiar with the previous Corsair Carbide Air models, you will immediately notice a major change to the design.  Previously design had the horizontal ribs going vertical and only on half of the case.  The overall size of the Air 740 is 426mm x 340mm x 510mm (HxWxD) or 16.75in x 13.4in x 20.08in.  Which when compared to the previous Air 540, it is slightly larger

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Front Panel

Corsair has done a great job at updating the look of this case,  I loved the looks of the previous Air cases, however this one looks even nicer.  The horizontal plastic bars look sharp and will make the case stand out.  On one of the bars is the large power button, while the front I/O cluster rests between two of the horizontal bars.  The front I/O cluster has the standard reset button, 2x SuperSpeed USB 3.0, and headphone/microphone jack.  However, this is the first case I have seen that includes a new LED button.  This has a 2-wire cable on the inside listed as LED_SW, it has a standard header connector, and if I was to make a guess it’s for a new generation of Corsair Lighting feature.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Side Window

The main side panel we find a large clear window, which will provide an unobstructed view of the system.  The top and bottom of the panel are heavy duty metal, while the window and handle are plastic.  As you can see, the metal is a fingerprint magnet!

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Side Window Panel Open

The windowed side panel doesn’t come off like most cases, instead it swings open simply by lifting the handle. In addition to the handle, little magnets on the inside of the door help to keep it closed.  The side window is surprisingly sturdy, even looking at side panels that are mostly metal, this one seemed to be more sturdy.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Back Panel

Looking at the back panel, we can see the layout of the split chamber design.  In addition, we can see that there are a large number of vents on the back panel, including above the power supply.  It appears that there is room for 80mm fans to be installed back here, however Corsair doesn’t mention that in their specifications. On the motherboard side, we find the normal eight expansion slots, the motherboard rear I/O key port, and the exhuast fan.  I like how Corsair used a user replaceable fan grill for the back exhaust rather than using the case metal as the fan guard.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Back Side Panel

Nothing too exciting on the back side panel, other than an area for the power supply intake the panel is solid.  The power supply intake has a wire mesh filter on the inside of the case, which is held in place with magnets.  This panel is removed like most panels, remove two thumbscrews and then it slides towards the back of the case and comes off.

The bottom panel is easily removed as it is held in place with two thumbscrews and then it slides towards the back and pops off.  Once removed we can see that there is one section that is solid (power supply side), while the other side has room for 2 fans or a radiator up to 280mm.  Four rubber coated feet raise the case off the surface by 1/2 inch, but should provide plenty of airflow through the bottom.

The top panel is removed just like the bottom panel, and reveals the same layout as the bottom.  A solid panel on the power supply section, and space for two 140mm fans or up to a 280mm radiator.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Front Removed

I have worked on a large number of cases over the past 20 years and this has to be one of the most difficult cases to remove the front panel.  While most use plastic prongs or tabs to keep the front panel in place, Corsair has gone with metal prongs that pop into nine holes on the case.  One of the reasons it is hard to remove is that there are very few places to grab to pull the panel away.  Of course, this is debatable whether this is good or bad, however you will have to remove the front panel in order to clean the front intake fan filter.  From looking at the front side of the bezel, we saw a small door beneath the front I/O cluster.  With the panel removed, we can see there is a cut-out in the frame for an add-on.  In talking with Corsair, we found that this is for a VR add-on, as an HDMI/USB 3.0 pass through.

Let’s open the case up and take a look at what Corsair has done with the interior.

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  • polysix

    I wonder what happened to the VR adapter meant for the front panel? has anyone (inc the writer who contacted Corsair) heard any more on this? It’s one of the MAIN selling points for this case for me as a hardcore Rifter, esp as so few cases on the market currently offer front mounted HMD pass through.

    It’s between this and the somewhat slinkier NZXT S340 Elite – and that has VR ports at front, tempered glass, and HMD/Cable storage puck and is almost half the price of this beast.

    But I like both, in different ways, this case seems to be a marmite case, lots of reviewers love it (so perhaps in reality it’s better?) while lots of commenters call it the ugliest case in ages?

    I actually like the looks, I understand the bold/chunky/strakes design as I have a car from the 80s with similar side air intakes that are one of its key design elements (Mid engined supercharged with horizontal strakes). So for some it’s very appealing, for others it looks like an aircon/fridge. Fair enough. Wish I could see one in reality before buying.

    I think it def looks better with 3 LED fans behind the front grill though.

  • paul crosbie

    does anyone know please, how the glass door comes off, it looks easy, but is not,
    it looks like it should slide off, but no joy,

    • John

      i had my door open at about 135 degrees when I was able to slide it off it’s hinges easily to start assembling.

      • Michael Hightower

        ^this
        i have the same case.

  • This make me angry, why would i want to buy a USB disc drive, I had my heart set on buying this case but Corsair just lost a potential customer, if they had at least given us just ONE drive bay i would be happy but no they ruined what could have been a beautiful case.

    • polysix

      Putting a drive bay on the exterior would have ruined what *IS* a beautiful case. Most people these days don’t mind external USB burners/drivers as they are used so infrequently. This thing def looks better without a drive stuck in the front!

  • Croak

    I’ve been using a 540 Air for three years now, with a 240 top and 320 front radiator setup, in a CPU/SLI loop. It’s been decent, especially for the price, and there’s much to be said about the dual-chamber design.

    But I’m not interested in the 740 at all, as it’s not an upgrade, it’s simply a re-style.

    It’s still an Air 540 chassis (the frame looks identical), with fancier new plastics and a hinged door. They got rid of the stamped drive rails in the floor (good), but lost the 5.25 external access (bad for those that still use optical drives, fan controllers, or even bay reservoirs). The PSU/drive chamber hasn’t changed at all.

    It’s a shame, I’d liked to have seen them increase the dimensions a bit in depth and height, so that more variety of radiators could be mounted, though getting the bottom 240 or 280 space is nice.

    What I’d really liked to have seen Corsair make was an “Obsidian” level version of the dual chamber design, with better quality materials/more metal, something around the Obsidian 750 price point. Or a dual-chamber version of their new Crystal, for extra bling.

    • polysix

      If anything I wish they’d shrunk it a little more not made it even bigger for the radiator crowd. Then it would truly be an Air cooling champ in a less large space. Especially as AIO on the cheap end don’t out perform the Noctua Air coolers and are typically far noisier and less reliable over time! Lots of cases are now being oversized due to radiators which is a shame.

      Would be nice to see a smaller version of this same design for those only into air cooling (more cube like) less tall, less deep but same width (to take tower air coolers on CPU).

  • zoom314

    I see Corsair ditched the 5.25″ drive bay, I’d have to invest in either an Air 540 or in a usb 3.0 DVD drive.

    • polysix

      Welcome to 2017. Your future awaits.

      No floppy bay either 😉