Corsair Carbide Air 740 Case Review

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Corsair Air 740 Build

Corsair Carbide Air 740

Corsair Carbide Air 740 System Install

With the system completely built, we didn’t find anything unusual when doing the build.  Everything was installed without any incident and was very simple to do.  While we decided to use a DeepCool Captain 120 AIO Liquid Cooler, you can install up to a 360mm radiator or stick with air coolers.  For air coolers, the Air 740 is limited to a maximum cooler height of 180mm.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 GPU Space

With the amount of space inside the Air 740 you shouldn’t have any issues installing the GPU of choice.  We installed an EVGA GTX 275, which measures 266mm.  As you can see, there is a large amount of space left for longer graphics cards; the Air 740 allows for graphics cards up to 320mm in length.  Which should be enough space to allow for any modern graphics cards.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Power Supply Side

On the back side of the motherboard tray, there is a lot of open room allowing you to easily do cable management, I have left the cables as they fell while connecting them with the exception of the motherboard AUX power cable, which I routed behind the 2.5″ drive cage.  The majority of the cables all ended up being clustered in the same general area, which happens to be close to where the cable tie locations are!  Also, as I am using a modular power supply, there aren’t extra cables attached to bundle together and out of the way, if there was though, that’s not a problem in front of the power supply and below the 3.5″ drive cage there is a lot of open space.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 CPU Cooler Support Cutout

After installing the motherboard, I went to install the support bracket for the DeepCool Captain 120 AIO Liquid Cooler, and quickly found a small problem.  The SSD cage overlaps one of the holes for the bracket.  Not a big deal as the SSD cage is easily removed, just a slight annoyance.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 2.5″ Cage

The 2.5″ cage is primarily designed for SSD’s, however any 2.5″ hard drive should fit. I have a 1TB Constellation.2 that is has a 15mm height, which won’t fit.  Checking various other drives, up to a 9.5mm SATA drive fits inside the cage.  However keeping in mind that these drives typically vibrate and there is nothing on the cage to reduce the vibration, so it is possible a mechanical 2.5″ drive will make some vibration noise.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 LED_SW Header

When setting up the front panel headers, we encountered an unusual header connection.  There were the standard, Power LED, Power Switch, and Reset Switch.  Missing is the HDD activity LED, but we found the LED SW header in it’s place.  Checking the user manual, it says there should be a HDD LED but there is no sign of it.  Knowing there is a LED button on the front panel, it makes me wonder what this could be for.  We talking with Corsair, and they stated this is used to control the lighting on their new HD/SP fans, we hope to get some in so we can see how this works.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Power Supply Retaining Bracket

The little bracket holding the power supply in place needs to be removed to allow the installation of the power supply.  Thankfully it uses a thumbscrew so that’s easy to do.  With the bracket removed, the power supply can be installed and secured to the case with four screws in the back.  Then the guide bracket can be replaced.  Route the cables and you’re good to go.


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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 😉