Corsair Carbide Air 740 Case Review

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Corsair Air 740 Interior

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Internal MB Side

Getting to the interior of the Carbide Air 740 is easy, pull the handle and the side panel will swing open.  It’ll open a full 180 degrees, and can be lifted off the hinge if you want to remove the panel to make things easier.  The left side of the case is for the motherboard and there are several things that grabbed my attention right away.  First the number of cable management holes in the tray, there are twelve of them!  Nine of them have rubber grommets to keep things looking nice, while the bottom three are just rolled edges.  Next the large hole in the motherboard tray will make installing CPU cooling brackets after installation very easy, although the hard drive cages might pose a slight issue.  Corsair has pre-installed the motherboard stand-offs, with one of the stand-offs being a guide making it easy to install your motherboard without issues.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 MB Side Front

Taking a look at the front panel, we see the two AF140L fans which are rated for 1,000RPM pushing 67.43CFM with a large space between them.  These can be removed and three 120mm fans could be put in their place.  Another option is to install a radiator, up to a 360mm radiator will fit here.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 MB Side Bottom

The bottom of the case allows for additional cooling as well.  There is room for two fans, either 120mm or 140mm, or up to a 280mm radiator.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 MB Side Back Panel

The back panel shows the eight expansion slots, the covers are held in place with thumbscrews.  The rear exhaust is another Corsair AF140L fan, and of course that could be removed for a radiator as well.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Power Supply Side

While the motherboard side panel is on a hinge, the power supply side panel is removed with a couple of thumbscrews and sliding the panel back.  Here we can see the large amount of space that is available for cable management.  There are only five cable tie locations, all clustered in one area right by where the power supply will be installed.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Power Supply Area

Like most cases, at the bottom there is a bracket to support the power supply.  To allow for different power supply lengths, there is a bracket held in place with a thumbscrew that adjusts to allow for longer power supplies.  On top of the brackets are several rubber feet to reduce any vibration noise.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 3.5″ Hard Drive Cage

Using a standard tray design, the 3.5″ drive cage is at the top left of this side.  The tray design is pretty common now, and we’ve all seen them.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 3.5″ Hard Drive Tray

As we said, we have seen this 3.5″ tray design before in many different cases.  However, Corsair has take the anti-vibration rubber a bit further than I have seen before.  Instead of just mounting the metal prongs in rubber, they have placed L shaped rubber strips along both sides of the tray for the drive to sit on.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 SSD Cage

Just above the power supply sits the 2.5″ SSD cages.  Drives slide into the cage and are held in place with the clips.  Above the 2.5″ SSD cage you can install a single 80mm fan.  There is a little space between the cage and the back panel, however even the slimmest 80mm fan I have wouldn’t fit.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 SSD Cage

While the Air 740 supports four 2.5″ drives, you can always separate the cages and leave just what you need inside the case.

Let’s get to building a system inside the Air 740!

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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 😉