Corsair Carbide Air 740 Case Review

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Case Review

Corsair has a long history of making some of the highest quality computer components available.  They are constantly watching the market and developing new products to meet new demands.  Since CES 2016, their computer case division has been silently working on some new designs.  Today, we are looking at one of these new designs, in the Carbide Air 740, the follow-up to one of their most popular cases, the Air 540, which we took a look at back in 2013!  Available in September 2016, the Air 740 has a suggested retail price of $149 and comes with Corsairs 2 year warranty.

Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740

The Air 740 builds on the most popular Air 540 features that includes dual-chamber layout, Direct Airflow Path, and a large number of cooling options, and expands on those features.  For cooling, the Air 740 includes support for up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans (Corsair includes three AF140L fans), if you prefer liquid cooling, the top will support up to a 280mm, while the front supports up to 360mm just to name a few.  On the back side of the dual chamber design, you find the power supply and tool-less cages for 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives.  The Air 740 supports up to four 2.5″ drives in a cage, and three 3.5″ drives using the common tray system.

Sticking with pretty standard packaging, the front of the box for the Air 740 presents a high level overview of the case, along with a short list of its features.  Flipping the box around to the back of the box, we get to see an exploded view of the case, plus some additional information on it’s features.  The key specifications are listed out on both sides of the box, in various languages.

Features and Specifications:

  • Dual-Chamber Direct Airflow Path: utilizes dual chambers to deliver cooler air to your CPU, graphics cards, motherboard, memory and other PCI-E components without drives or power supply getting in the way
  • Industrial-Style Ergonomics and Space-Saving Internal Design
  • Custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans
  • Expansion Room for up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans; a 240mm or 280mm top radiator, up to 360mm front radiator
Corsair Carbide Air 740 Specifications
Form Factor ATX
Drive Bays Front: None

Internal:  3x 3.5″ tool free, 4x 2.5″ tool free

Cooling Front: 2x 140mm AF140L Fans

Rear: 1x 140mm AF140L Fan

Top: None

Side: None

Bottom: Supports up to 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm fans

Radiator Support Front: Up to 280/360mm

Rear:  Up to 120/140mm

Top: Up to 240/280mm

Side: None

Bottom:  Up to 240/280mm

Expansion Slots 8
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0

Headphone and mic

Power Supply Standard ATX (not included)
Clearances Heatsink:  170mm

PSU: 225mm

Graphics:  370mm

Warranty  2 Years
MSRP $149


Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740 Accessories

As always, Corsair includes an accessory pack that includes an installation guide.  The accessory pack includes six cable ties, 1 additional motherboard stand off, 8 long fan screws, 12 short fan screws, motherboard screws and 8 SSD screws.

Let’s take the Air 740 out of the box and take a look around the case before opening it up.

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  • Fightman

    I just got this case, and I must have missed something, but how do you remove the SSD bay? I also read that you can separate the individual SSD drive cages, so you can use fewer than all four of them, if you’d like–but I can’t figure out how to do this, either. I’m afraid I might bread something or snap something off if I’m pulling on it the wrong way. Maybe I’m just dense, but I can’t seem to figure it out.
    Also, is there a way to remove the HDD drive bay? I’m going to use it anyway, but I’m just curious. Is it attached via screws, or is it a tool-less removal, as well?

  • 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

        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!

    • Frostbitten

      I completely understand the frustration with the missing bay slots, but I
      knew that far before I bought it. Last time I used a disc with my PC
      builds was at least 8 years ago, externals ain’t so bad.

  • 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 😉