Friday, September 2nd 2016

Corsair Announces the Carbide Air 740 Chassis

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today extended its multi-award winning range of performance PC cases with the release of the new CORSAIR Carbide Air 740. Featuring CORSAIR's innovative dual-chamber Direct Airflow Path design, exceptional cooling capabilities, unique bold design and a stunning tinted, fully removable side windowed panel, the CORSAIR Air 740 offers remarkable cooling performance and the flexibility to handle even the most ambitious enthusiast system builds.

An evolution of the best-selling CORSAIR Carbide Air 540, the Carbide Air 740 takes full advantage of its predecessor's ground breaking dual-chamber design. Fully utilizing the space within the case, the Air 740 splits the system's hardware between two compartments. The main chamber houses the core heat generating system components; the motherboard, CPU, graphics cards and memory, while the rear chamber mounts the 3.5"/2.5" drive bays and the PSU. This arrangement maximizes the airflow from the three pre-installed CORSAIR AF140L 140 mm fans, delivering amazing unimpeded airflow through the main compartment. Drive cages and cables are neatly tucked away and don't interfere with airflow, all without compromising on storage capacity.
The Air 740 takes the original Air 540's dual-chamber concept even further with the removal of the 5.25" drive bays, allowing for a huge array of extreme system cooling options and up to eight 120 mm cooling fans. The Air 740 can simultaneously mount a 240 mm/280 mm liquid cooling radiator in the roof, a 240 mm/280 mm radiator in the floor and a 240 mm/280 mm/360 mm radiator in the front. What's more, the Air 740's enormous, hinged and fully removable side panel is perfect for showing off those amazing builds and setups, so your system can look as cool as it runs.

Part of the joy of owning a custom-built PC is building it yourself and with a host of installation-friendly features, the Air 740's guarantees an easy setup experience for all users. The three 3.5" or four 2.5" tool-less drive trays in the rear chamber allows simple storage swapping, removable dust filters makes maintenance a breeze and the fully removable windowed side panel allows for fast installations, easy upgrades and convenient hardware accessibility.

With Air 740, CORSAIR started with the Air 540's blueprint and elevated it to the next level, resulting in enhanced performance, improved design and phenomenal support for a wide-range of cooling options. Air 740 - Legendary performance redefined.

Specifications:
  • Dual-chamber Direct Airflow Path design: Utilizes dual-chambers to deliver cooler air to your CPU, graphics cards, motherboard, memory, and other PCI-E components without your drives or power supply getting in the way.
  • Industrial-style ergonomics and space-saving internal design: Offers massive internal volume by moving the power supply and drive bays into a separate chamber.
  • Includes three custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans: Based on the award-winning AF140, the included fans provide great airflow performance at lower noise levels than typical case fans.
  • Amazing cooling expansion room: For up to eight 120mm or seven 140mm fans, a 240mm/280mm top radiator, 240mm/280mm floor radiator, and 240/280/360mm front radiator - all at once.
  • 8 x Expansion slots: Can house up to 4 graphics cards.
  • I/O Port: 2 x USB 3.0, headphone and mic.
  • Dimensions: 426mm x 340mm x 510mm
  • MSRP: $149.99 Exc. TAX, £134.99 Inc. VAT, SEK 1,659 Inc. TAX
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19 Comments on Corsair Announces the Carbide Air 740 Chassis

#2
dj-electric
This looks VERY nice from the inside (less from the outside, unfortunately)
As an 540 air owner i would really like to see a build with this case and a triple rad at the front
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#3
Batou1986
wow that looks awful compared to my 540 air
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#4
TheDeeGee
Seems to have enough space to puke in after looking at the outside.
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#6
Solidstate89
Visually it's a big downgrade from the 540. If they wanted to make a better looking/functioning 540, they should have made an Obsidian Air Chassis with the premium metal fascia materials instead.

This is just hideous.
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#7
avatar_raq
Why does Corsair include only one HDD cage with 3 bays while having a lot of wasted space in the right compartment?? The exact same mistake with the 540 which prevented me from buying it. What a shame.
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#8
Hood
Corsair stole the look from post-war AM radio designs - retro-industrial-art deco? Almost like steampunk. But it looks sturdy and rigid, as it should be with all those ribs...
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#9
julizs
Looks like the case has Anorexia.
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#10
Solidstate89
avatar_raq
Why does Corsair include only one HDD cage with 3 bays while having a lot of wasted space in the right compartment?? The exact same mistake with the 540 which prevented me from buying it. What a shame.
It's not wasted space. It's the entire point behind the Air series of cases; and any other dual-cube case design. There's tons of space back there for shoving cables out of the way without having to worry about routing them correctly because you only have like 1/2 an inch behind the motherboard tray or something like that.

It seems to me you just don't understand the point of these dual-cube design cases. That's your issue, not with the case.
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avatar_raq
Solidstate89
It's not wasted space. It's the entire point behind the Air series of cases; and any other dual-cube case design. There's tons of space back there for shoving cables out of the way without having to worry about routing them correctly because you only have like 1/2 an inch behind the motherboard tray or something like that.

It seems to me you just don't understand the point of these dual-cube design cases. That's your issue, not with the case.
Tell this to all the people discussing mods on corsair forums to accommodate more HDDs. And to all those people like me who prefer the cube size factor but do not want to compromise. Besides, this is anno 2016, modular PSUs are the mainstream and the number of cables you need to hide there does not require such a large space.
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#12
Solidstate89
avatar_raq
Besides, this is anno 2016, modular PSUs are the mainstream and the number of cables you need to hide there does not require such a large space.
Yeah, I have a modular PSU and the rear is completely chock full of extra cabling. It's a very short run from the PSU to the GPU and the motherboard - there's a ton of extra cabling leftover that I shove back there. If they wanted more 3.5" drive locations then they shouldn't have bought the Air 540 in the first place. That is quite frankly one of the dumbest complaints I've ever seen - you know damn well there's only two so why waste your money on a case that doesn't serve your needs?
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#13
Hood
Solidstate89
Yeah, I have a modular PSU and the rear is completely chock full of extra cabling. It's a very short run from the PSU to the GPU and the motherboard - there's a ton of extra cabling leftover that I shove back there. If they wanted more 3.5" drive locations then they shouldn't have bought the Air 540 in the first place. That is quite frankly one of the dumbest complaints I've ever seen - you know damn well there's only two so why waste your money on a case that doesn't serve your needs?
avatar_raq already stated (6 posts ago, and you even quoted the same statement!) that they did not buy the Air 540 or this case because of the lack of drive space, so nobody "wasted their money" as you say - YOUR statement is maybe the dumbest thing I have ever seen - why don't you actually read the post before you call someone names?
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Solidstate89
Yeah, I have a modular PSU and the rear is completely chock full of extra cabling. It's a very short run from the PSU to the GPU and the motherboard - there's a ton of extra cabling leftover that I shove back there. If they wanted more 3.5" drive locations then they shouldn't have bought the Air 540 in the first place. That is quite frankly one of the dumbest complaints I've ever seen - you know damn well there's only two so why waste your money on a case that doesn't serve your needs?
How about people who bought the 540 and a year or two later realized they need more storage drives? And again a lot of people did not buy the 540 and will probably not buy this case due to the limited HDD bays. Here are some threads discussing this:
https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/213386-extra-hdds-solution-for-corsair-air-540/
http://forum.corsair.com/FORUMS/showthread.php?t=136917
http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149602
http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126273 --> "I really want this case so bad, but the killer is just 2x 3.5 slots to hold driver. Is they any possible way of holding more than two 3.5 drives in this case?"
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=158319
http://forum.corsair.com/FORUMS/showthread.php?t=153429 --> "So cool case i wish to use but i cant cause there is no way to fit my RAID 10 array in it (i need one optical drive). Im so sad :("

And I say: Having only 2 or 3 HDD bays in such a large case (which can accommodate an E-ATX motherboard!) with such a price is a bad decision on Corsair's part. They should at least offer the ability to install optional HDD cages that are sold separately for those who need them.
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#15
Solidstate89
Hood
avatar_raq already stated (6 posts ago, and you even quoted the same statement!) that they did not buy the Air 540 or this case because of the lack of drive space, so nobody "wasted their money" as you say - YOUR statement is maybe the dumbest thing I have ever seen - why don't you actually read the post before you call someone names?
Out of curiosity do you think "me" and "people" are the same words? Can you read?
The exact same mistake with the 540 which prevented me from buying it.
Tell this to all the people discussing mods on corsair forums to accommodate more HDDs.
Let me help you with the definition of the word "you." There's more than one;


The purpose of this case is to make it a breeze for putting together a build and make it very easy to work with. I have a rats nest of cabling in the PSU area because of how short the runs are and how the cables are. This is expressly the purpose why the dual-bay design exists for the Air series. It's also designed to allow a lot of SSD expansion for those that have the money and desire to do so. The HDD restrictions are clear and it's stupid to complain about the case not being something it was never actually designed to be.
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#16
Caring1
Hood
Corsair stole the look from post-war AM radio designs - retro-industrial-art deco? Almost like steampunk. But it looks sturdy and rigid, as it should be with all those ribs...
I've still got a functioning one of those, in red.
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#17
avatar_raq
Solidstate89
The HDD restrictions are clear and it's stupid to complain about the case not being something it was never actually designed to be.
Stupid? And you think defending a bad design decision in a case because you own it is not stupid? How about thinking because the case fits your needs it should fit everyone's and no one should ever point out its shortcomings?
All I am saying is that Corsair could have improved the case and make it appealing to more people if they at least make it compatible with additional (optional) drive bays. No need to take things personal because you like the case.

Solidstate89
The purpose of this case is to make it a breeze for putting together a build and make it very easy to work with. I have a rats nest of cabling in the PSU area because of how short the runs are and how the cables are. This is expressly the purpose why the dual-bay design exists for the Air series. It's also designed to allow a lot of SSD expansion for those that have the money and desire to do so.
Many cases are a breeze to work with, the Graphite 780T for example and the 750D, 760T, etc all have good cable management space which is enough becasuse the cables have a long distance to travel and they all have 2 cages which can accommodate 6 HDDs or SSDs + 3 or 4 SSD bays at the back and you can add another (optional) cage which accommodates 3 HDDs or SSDs totaling for a 9 3.5" / 2.5" drives + 3 / 4 2.5" inch drives! And if you do the math you find the actual volume of the 760T (I chose it as midway between the 780T and the 750D) is 0.0788065 cubic meter while the actual volume of the 740 is 0.0738684 cubic meter. So which one do you think is more volume-efficient, at least regarding storage options? Again I am not bashing cube cases, they are cool and have their advantages and as I said I considered the 540 in the past but I could not live with the compromise, I may pick a cube case for my next build if and when I find one that fits all my needs.
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#18
Anton LaVey
If every case had what everyone wanted they would all be the top end 200 pound caselabs case. If you don't like this because of storage buy bigger drives, if you cant then you shouldn't be buying anything in the first place. Buy 6tb or high mechanical drives and 2tb SSD's. If you need more, MOD the case or like I said don't buy it to begin with. I am buying this case because this is a hobby. I had the 540 and sold it quick because it was too small for what I wanted to do. I didn't get on here and bash it, it just wasn't for me. This one might be for me so I will buy it. Go buy whatever floats your boat. I'm sure you will be much happier buying something else.

avatar_raq
Stupid? And you think defending a bad design decision in a case because you own it is not stupid? How about thinking because the case fits your needs it should fit everyone's and no one should ever point out its shortcomings?
All I am saying is that Corsair could have improved the case and make it appealing to more people if they at least make it compatible with additional (optional) drive bays. No need to take things personal because you like the case.



Many cases are a breeze to work with, the Graphite 780T for example and the 750D, 760T, etc all have good cable management space which is enough becasuse the cables have a long distance to travel and they all have 2 cages which can accommodate 6 HDDs or SSDs + 3 or 4 SSD bays at the back and you can add another (optional) cage which accommodates 3 HDDs or SSDs totaling for a 9 3.5" / 2.5" drives + 3 / 4 2.5" inch drives! And if you do the math you find the actual volume of the 760T (I chose it as midway between the 780T and the 750D) is 0.0788065 cubic meter while the actual volume of the 740 is 0.0738684 cubic meter. So which one do you think is more volume-efficient, at least regarding storage options? Again I am not bashing cube cases, they are cool and have their advantages and as I said I considered the 540 in the past but I could not live with the compromise, I may pick a cube case for my next build if and when I find one that fits all my needs.
So what you are saying is that when i put all those cages in MY 780t (yes I own one) that I will still be able to water cool my rig properly? Nope, so once again, you aren't the target for this case. Look at 3dgurus review of this case and you will see who this is meant for. My 780t has horrible cable management, the cute little hole in the top left when looking at the back of the case is a joke to run all the cables through, that was a bad design decision. I have so much packed into my 780t that the 740 would be an upgrade in the cable management department, the only thing I would miss is the sweet SSD bays to show off my three Kingston drives.
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#19
avatar_raq
Hello @Anton LaVey and welcome to TPU forums. Nice to see you are interested in this thread so much that you registered to post in it. I never said the 780T or any case for that matter is perfect and flawless. And I say it again: I like cube cases but I do not like how corsair is skipping on features that are expected and found in $100 cases, let alone a $150 case. And the space is there and they can easily add mounting holes for additional optional HDD cages. How can something so simple inspire so much argument? Ugh.
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