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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Case Review

Left side panel of the Carbide Air 540
Left side panel of the Carbide Air 540

As Corsair strongly advertises, the entire side panel of the Carbide Air 540 is covered by a window, exposing the main system to the eyes of the spectator. Corsair also indicates that this window was supposed to be tinted; however, we did not find it any darker than any typical case window.

The right side panel of the Carbide Air 540
The right side panel of the Carbide Air 540

The right side panel is not nearly as interesting, being entirely plain with only five honeycomb pattern openings where the PSU fan is supposed to be.

The rear side of the Carbide Air 540
The rear side of the Carbide Air 540

The rear of the Carbide Air 540 is heavily perforated for maximum airflow. There are three main perforated areas: one next to the expansion slots, one above the PSU and one above the motherboard. A large 140mm exhaust fan can also be seen.

Top ventilation opening, with the cover removed.
Top ventilation opening, with the cover removed.

By removing the two screws that hold it into place from the back of the case, the top vent may come off, revealing two slots for 120/140mm fans. Of course, the most ideal use of that space would be a water cooling system, preferably with a dual radiator. Unfortunately, the top vent has to be removed in order to allow the removal of the front vent as well, making the cleaning of the front filter slightly unpractical.

The feet of the Carbide Air 540
The feet of the Carbide Air 540

The cubic case stands on four tall rectangular feet, all of which have anti-skid rubber pads applied.

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