It is time to update the range Carbide Series Air with a new body Carbide Series Air 740. A large cube E-ATX can be called the heir Carbide Series Air 540, enclosure promises excellent cooling performance of the components, but at the same time equipped with quite modern.
In 2013, housing Carbide Series Air 540 was a pleasant surprise. Instead of yet another cheap Midi Tower Corsair unveiled a massive cube E-ATX Cube with an impressive cooling system and direct the air flow. After three years on the market came Carbide Series 740 Air successor, who arrived in our test lab. The case promises to be even better.
As befits the new model, we have a new design. Air Sleek design 540 gave way to a ribbed structure of the front panel and the cover, instead of the usual window we got a panorama. Dimensions Carbide Series Air 740 in all dimensions slightly increased to 340 x 510.5 x 426 mm (W x H x D). Inside the case, you can assemble a system of E-ATX, install the 360-mm coil ITS front, 240/280-mm radiator at the top and 120/140-mm radiator at the rear. Staffing in the body are three 140-mm fans, here nothing has changed. But Corsair has changed the location of the drives. Do not expired today 5.25 “drives have been removed completely. But you get the possibility to install three 3.5” and four 2.5 “hard drive / SSD.
Corsair kit supply traditionally poor. Even from the power supply mounting screws have to be abandoned. As a bonus attached cable tightening.
The front panel and the cover has a ribbed structure. Ribs are arranged between the plastic netting inserts through which the air passes. Before the front fans and before vent Corsair PSU added fabric filter dust. But at the bottom of the body or under the hood filter missing.
The power button is illuminated put to one of the edges in the upper right corner of the front panel. Reset button and (possibly optional) Backlight manufacturer moved to the I / O panel below. At last, you have two USB 3.0 ports and two headset jack.
Unlike its predecessor, the left panel as the door opens, and can not be removed by conventional means. The door opened easily, just click on the plastic handle. But if required, the door can be quickly removed from its hinges. Lightly tinted panoramic window takes up the entire width of the sidebar.
Behind the structure is very similar to the Air 540, the new Carbide Series Air 740 interior housing again divided into two parts. Namely, in the segment of the motherboard and power supply segment and drives. The power supply is mounted vertically, the PSU fan draws air through the holes in the right pane. Behind the pre-installed 140 mm fan, which pulls hot air out of the motherboard segment. Behind you can see the set of thumb screws. Couples screws hold not only the right side panel, and the cover and base of the housing. These plastic components in the body Carbide Series Air 740 can be easily removed.
Two brackets for installation of optional fan (120 or 140 mm) can be seen without the plastic cover.
740 Air Corps relies on the small plastic feet with rubber pads. Below we obtain the same ribbed structure and that the front and top of the housing. Again, the ribs are arranged between the plastic mesh inserts for ventilation.
At the bottom of the hull, two mounting optional fans also added. But instead of them can be installed a heat exchanger and a double NWO. As we mentioned above, the Corsair refused additional filters under the hood and at the bottom, although part of the dust will linger mesh panel.
Since the power supply and drives moved to a separate segment in the compartment motherboard able to achieve direct blowing hot components. Two 140-mm frontal fan and 140mm rear fan provides good air flow inside the motherboard segment. In addition, the appearance of the segment also looks very neat. In case you can collect a nice configuration.
Between the upper end of the motherboard and Corsair cover body left a decent space -. About 7 cm If you use standard fans 2.5 cm thick, then the radiator will be up to 4.5 cm of space.
Permitted thickness of the heat exchanger at the bottom of the case depends on the expansion cards and motherboard components. Between the bottom and the bottom expansion card Corsair has left about 5.5 cm.
Carbide Series Air 740 Two-chamber structure leaves plenty of room for the motherboard tray. There are installed all drives and power supply. For cable routing space abound. The manufacturer took care of the holes in the motherboard tray, which are available for the two formats and closed with rubber plugs. In addition, the holes for cable present above and below the motherboard. Not without a large cutout for the CPU cooler back plate installation. The front shows that the plastic front panel Carbide Series Air 740 is not fixed with metal clips, but rather brittle plastic inserts.
ATX power supply in the housing Carbide Series Air 740 is mounted vertically on four rubber feet and fastened to the back wall. Behind it is possible to further prop up the bracket.
For 2.5 “and 3.5” drives individual racks are provided. The drives of both formats are installed without the aid of a screwdriver. 2,5 “SSD / HDD simply inserted into the compartments and secured with plastic hooks. But you can optionally attach one screw drives. For large 3.5” hard drive manufacturer has provided three trays. Last inserted into the rack compartments, no vibration isolation. The tray can be screwed and 2.5 “drives, if necessary.
Compared to the popular predecessor, the new Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 has improved the appearance, but the functionality of both dice E-ATX is very similar. In the housing segment divided by the motherboard and power supply to the drives, which improves cooling. In addition, the motherboard segment with the system looks more neat. Enjoy the appearance of the components is now possible through a large picture window. Instead of the usual left panel manufacturer installed the door, which facilitates access to the interior.
Inside you pay attention to added brackets for the fan at the bottom of the housing. Of course, instead of the fans can be installed a heat exchanger CBO. Overall, the results showed excellent Carbide Series Air cooling 740. Three pre-installed 140mm fans provide low temperatures. With regard to the CBO, you can set two dual coil on the housing bottom and a lid, and a triple radiator behind the front panel. Places comparatively large, so the fit conventional heat exchangers. The large size of the housing provided for compatibility with accessories, working with Carbide Series Air 740 is also convenient. Components can be installed without the help of a screwdriver, and this applies even 2.5 “drives. Screwdriver only need to install the motherboard and power supply. Cables routed is also very convenient. We were somewhat concerned about the absence of dust filters the lid and the bottom of the case. Of course, the net will delay the insertion of the dust, but not all.
Large body-cubes are exotic on the market. Besides the direct predecessor from Carbide Series Air 740, there is another alternative – the case of Core X9 from Thermaltake. But Thermaltake approached the large cube concept E-ATX somewhat differently, making the body even more extreme. For Core X9 housing will have to pay a comparable amount of 150 euros, or 12.7 thousand. Rubles, it is aimed at enthusiasts CBO wishing to install 420- or 480-mm radiators. Therefore, the body structure is changed. In addition, you can set up multiple Core X9 each other. If such possibility you’re not interested, Carbide Series Air 740 is more affordable and user-friendly body. The same applies to the standard cooling system that works efficiently, even with high noise levels.
With housing Carbide Series Air 740 Corsair I am not so surprised as to Air 540 three years ago. The two models are very similar. New cube E-ATX has improved in some respects, and also design new items changed.