Corsair Carbide Air 740 Case Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740 Completed Build Through Window

The original Air 540 was released around three years ago, and is still a highly sought after case.  Corsair has taken their time and really listened to the enthusiasts on what they would like to have improved on for the follow-up.  With the Air 740, Corsair has taken what they heard and implemented the updates.

As this case is just being announced, it is not available for purchase yet, however I’m sure soon you’ll be able to find it on Amazon, Newegg and other popular retailers.  Corsair has said that they have placed a MSRP of $149.99 on this case, and while there are lower cost cases that provide many of the same features, Corsair is well known for standing behind their products and manufacturing top quality gear that lasts for years.  However, if you should have an issue, Corsair provides a 2 year warranty on their cases.

Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740 System Install

Cooling the Air 740 is done by Corsairs Direct Airflow Path, which focus’s the air cooling effect on the hottest components; the GPU, CPU, Motherboard and Memory.  These are all on their own side of the case, and has a huge number of cooling options.  For example, if you are an air cooler person, you can fit up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans (Corsair gets you started with three AF140L fans), and we found room for an 80mm exhaust fan on the power supply side.  If you prefer liquid cooling, there is support for a 280mm radiator at the top and bottom, up to a 360mm in the front, and up to a 140mm in the back of the case.

After finishing the system, and thinking about it a little while, I did have two little areas of concerns.  First the issue of the CPU cooler support bracket, while removing the 2.5″ drive cage is extremely easy, there aren’t many better options.  Next we have the issue of fingerprints, this is an extremely minor and a personal annoyance.  Fingerprints drive me crazy and maybe I’m in the minority.  A change to the finish could resolve this as other Corsair cases don’t show fingerprints as easily as the Air 740 did.

Two new features we haven’t seen before is the VR add-on, that is an HDMI/USB 3.0 pass-through option, and the LED SW header which is to control lighting on Corsair’s new HD/SP LED fans.

Overall, this is probably one of my favorite dual chamber cases I have had the pleasure to work with.  If the style is to your liking, there shouldn’t be any reason not to build your next system inside this case.

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Legit Bottom Line:  Updating the look and feature set of the award winning Air 540 was no easy task, but Corsair has done it!  The Carbide Air 740 is a great case to build a system in, and should be able to accommodate even the toughest builds.

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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 😉