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Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

  • Steel / Plastic ATX Cube
  • (x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone, (x1) Mic Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

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  • Donald S.
  • 8/24/2015 9:17:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love this case

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: Corsair Carbide, but you might mistake it for Obsidian level quality!

1. Extremely easy to work with (but, larger and cube shaped)
2. Power supply is completely separated from the rest of the system--the mobo goes in one compartment and the PSU in another. Other than the two hot-swap bays at the bottom of the mobo compartment, all drives mount in the PSU compartment as well.
3. Lots of spots to tie down cables and rubber grommets everywhere. I had no difficulty with getting a really neat build.
4. Side panels are easy to get on and off. They do not feel flimsy.
5. Extremely good air flow.
6. Easily removed top vent cover for maintenance access to your AIO top mount water cooler if that is where you put it, like me.
7. Removable PSU dust filter. Rest of the filters are fixed and not exactly filters...they will filter out pet hair and big dust but not fine particles so you get high air flow but at the expense of needing to vacuum out the inside a little more often.
8. Hot swap bays present.
9. All LEDs glow white, which matches my AIO cooler LED.
10. Case fans are quiet at full speed, and when regulated via DC by my motherboard (they are 3 pin affairs) they are silent.
11. Tinted case window to show off your build if you are into that sort of thing...I did not really care either way.

Cons: Only one...the PSU intake vent on the right side of the case is not filtered at all. I think this was a pretty big oversight since this is an area that should be kept relatively clean as well. I did not knock off an egg for this. You should be aware of it, though. After market filter material would work well here.

A possible con for some is that this is NOT a small case by any stretch. Yes, it is standard depth and a little shorter than most mid-ATX cases, but double wide! Plan ahead if you are tight on space.

Other Thoughts: My rig:

ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1
G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4-2400, CL 14, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.2V
Intel Core i7-5820K
Corsair H105 All-in-One Liquid Cooler
Samsung SM951 AHCI 512GB PCI-E 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD as primary/OS
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SATA III SSD as secondary
ASUS Strix OC GeForce GTX 970
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCI-E sound card
EVGA (Super Flower) Super Nova 750G2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Active PFC Power Supply
SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
Ducky Zone illuminated Cherry MX Brown switch mechanical keyboard
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Steel Series Siberia V2 cans
BenQ XL2420G G-SYNC 144Hz 1ms 24" via Display Port
Corsair Carbide AIR 540 cube case
Windows 10 x64 bit

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  • Neil B.
  • 8/1/2015 5:52:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhoa it's huge!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: Radiator compatibility:
One of the best cases I've come across for mounting water cooling radiators, honestly.

Air flow design done smarter:
The direct follow pattern with keeping the optical drive, power supply, and wiring in a side compartment away from the most demanding parts (CPU, RAM, Mobo, and Graphics card(s)) was a very smart move. Fluids in motion have inertia just like everything else, it's best for it to not have to do multiple turns around components.

Decently durable:
Sturdy construction, and the feet are sufficiently squishy as to not transmit too much vibration into the surface it sits on.

Filter to screen dust:
A filter "screen" to capture some dust from the front intake was a smart move. Making it a magnetic mount made it just that much better. Why more cases don't do filters... alas...

Fingerprint resistant:
It doesn't get finger prints on it easily /w the matte finish, and is easy to clean up if it starts to get smudges on it (but don't use abrasives or strong chemical cleaners, like a fool)

Cable and/or water cooling tube management:
Keep the cables hidden from the window compartment and out of the airflow path of that chamber.

Price:
For what it is, it's a really good deal. Not the most expensive case or least expensive, but certainly one of the best for what it offers.

Cons: Poor quality user manual:
The instructions that come with this case are very poorly illustrated, and the Engrish translations weren't exactly the best. Personally I don't really need those instructions, but there's a lot of room to improve for the more casual PC builder. The worst part of the instructions were for the SSD cage that's in the PSU & optical drive compartment. Minor complaint, but there's easy and obvious room for improvement.

Gaps in airflow design:
I actually wish the bottom and back side where the PCI & PCIe cards connect to the outside were more sealed. I want to have the air come in through the filter in the front more. To do this I had to install foam around the back and underside more and put 120mm fans on the front intake. Now that I've done this I've managed the flow pressures of my case better, which has made it very efficient indeed.

Filters need periodic cleaning:
Cleaning the intake filter can be a chore, even with the magnetic contacts. I personally don't mind the chore once every other week (I don't have OCD, but I do prefer to be organized & clean), but then again I can see where that would annoy people, making it a "con" worth noting. *shrug*

It's heavy & bulky:
Fully loaded with a computer with water cooling and high-end components it's surprisingly heavy and it's wide bulk doesn't make it LAN-party transport friendly. Then again, I'd just be using my laptop to go to a LAN if needed so... yeah.

Stock fans are meh:
The stock fans vibrate in near-unison typically, which will cause constructive-interference vibrations through the case. I'd recommend strongly replacing with something quieter (I used the rather-pricey Noctua fans, but use whatever you'd like). I have re-used these 140mm stock fans in other applications where noise wasn't a consideration.

Other Thoughts: This thing is a lot bigger than I imagined, it takes up sizable amount of space. What you see in the videos and seeing that it's ATX and not extended-ATX doesn't really fully capture what the size of this case is.
Very large, plan accordingly.

I added 3 Noctua 120mm's in the front and 2 Noctua 140mm's on the top and a 140x140mm with a Noctua in the rear side. With LNA adapters, this case moves a lot of air and does so sitting no more than a meter from me with almost no noise. I love the quietness, especially because I still get the high performance with this near-silence.

In-spite of the cons I listed, this is my favorite case to-date. Maybe that's just me, but I don't think you'll be disappointed if you purchase it.

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  • Brian m.
  • 7/30/2015 12:20:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CASE!!!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: lots of space cable management is great w/o effort

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: if your looking for a case that will hide all of your cables without to much cable management this case might be for you

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  • Brian m.
  • 7/30/2015 12:20:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CASE!!!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: lots of space cable management is great w/o effort

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: if your looking for a case that will hide all of your cables without to much cable management this case might be for you

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  • Matthieu V.
  • 7/25/2015 6:12:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMassive, Clean, DVD tray in the way.

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: It got ton space and Seperated psu from the rest.

Cons: This is my first ever building of a custom piece by piece setup, had some slight issues with cable management because DVD tray in the way.

Other Thoughts: I would recommand this case to anyone who had decend space in there room or house, This case is Massive and Air Cooled Efficient ;)

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  • Robert S.
  • 7/23/2015 3:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing case!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: Great case. Exactly as advertised. Huge open airflow. Even though its classified as a midtower it has more room than any full tower case ive ever had.

Cons: Only con i can really think of about this case may be the fans. They are not very high end. They are only DC controlled not PWM as I had hoped. If it was written somewhere saying that I must have missed it. But I bought 2x Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM and put them as the intake on the front and moved the two stock fans to the top for exhaust. Seems to work amazingly. I put a couple of little plastic streamers inside and you can easily see an updraft of air moving through the case.
Also not really a con but you have to unscrew the top panel and remove it to get the front panel off to get to the filter..

Other Thoughts: Great case. Easy to open and adjust to your likes. Nice ruberized feel on the outside texture of the case panels front and top.

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  • Logan C.
  • 7/22/2015 4:30:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFavorite case I've worked with

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: 1. SO MUCH SPACE! Seriously though, there is a lot of space, and a lot of cable management options for this case. You can also remove the external drive cage, and any unused SSD cages for even more space.
2. The hot-swap drive bays are great for my 3.5" storage HDDs.
3. Installing my radiator was super easy.
4. The front panel lights are subtle compared to a lot of other cases I've worked on.

Cons: 1. Lacking filters. I'm okay with the fact that it comes stock with just one filter, but for a high airflow case I would expect Corsair to at least make/sell their own filters for it. Instead they direct you to a third party vendor, and the reviews on those filters leave the impression that they're worse than the one that came with it.
2. The adjustable PSU support bracket didn't fit properly with my PSU, and it got in the way of one of the hot-swappable cable sets.

Other Thoughts: At the time of this review I've got two 3.5 HDDs, 1 SSD, my graphics card, and a Corsair H100i in this case. I plan on adding another graphics card and I don't forsee any space issues with that.

I took one egg off because of the lack of additional OEM filters. The one included on the front panel is a good balance of airflow and filtration. I think Corsair could make a better product than the third party filters out there.

To get around the lack of filters, and to help with incrased case pressure, I put clear packing tape over the various extra vent holes on the inside. I still have unfiltered air coming into the radiator and PSU, and some coming in through the PCI slot shields. Covering up what I did definitely helped create a positive pressure which is helping somewhat with the unfiltered holes.

That issue aside I strongly recommend this case to anyone who has the room for it. Is it wider than a case needs to be? Definitely, but it looks really nice sitting next to my desk regardless.

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  • Chris H.
  • 7/19/2015 4:10:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: Great case. I love the room and the cable management

Cons: I don't really like the vertical optical drive arrangement, but everything else about the case is awesome.

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  • Robert U.
  • 7/17/2015 1:13:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsto infinity and beyond

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: this case has so much space the possibilities are endless there is room for everything even liquid cooling with lots of room to spare

Cons: sideways drive bays

Other Thoughts: the case should be about 2 inches wider so the drive bays are horizontal instead of vertical

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/15/2015 6:01:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case! One omission prevents it from becoming a must-buy.

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case

Pros: Don't take my short list of pros as a bad thing -- this case is great. It looks great, it has fantastic airflow and temperatures (I threw an MSI GTX 970 in there and it maxed out at 55C), the build quality is good, cable management is the easiest thing in the world, and it has a variety of fan and radiator mount options. If your chief concern is low temperatures, or if you want a case that's very easy to build in and looks unique, look no farther.

Cons: DEMCIFlex and Corsair conspired to make this case.
The lack of dust filters is very odd on a case at this price range. It only includes a front filter, yet there are several other places that need filtration. The top is unfiltered (I know top filters are personal preference, but I would prefer to not have dust settle in my case when it's off), the power supply is unfiltered (what are you thinking, Corsair?) the bottom below the hard drive sleds is wide open, and another gap in the rear of the drive compartment which also serves as intake for your PSU remains unfiltered. Cases as low as $90 come fully dustproofed (looking at you, arc midi R2), so not even having a PSU filter is very questionable, and at a $120 price tag I can reasonably expect fully dustproofed intakes and top. Also, a minor complaint, but there's still plenty of room above the SSD cage in the rear compartment for another drive compartment. I would have liked to see an extra rack for 3.5" drives, and there's enough room for two or three 3.5" drives. Not a deal-breaker by any means, but it's just wasted space.

Other Thoughts: If Corsair were to seal off the bottom, add a 3.5" drive cage above the SSD cage (or below it and put the SSDs on top), and add dust filters for the top, PSU, and drive compartment, this case would be a 10/10, especially for $110-120. As-is, it's an 8/10.

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