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Corsair Carbide Series AIR 240 Compact PC Case Review

Are you in the market of a case for that new Mini-ITX or MicroATX PC build? Corsair today shows off its Carbide Series® Air 240 High Airflow MicroATX and Mini-ITX PC Case. It's big, it's black, and it will remind you the the Borg. OK, maybe it is not that big, but big enough to allow mATX fans plenty of room for cooling and hot dual GPUs.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing the Corsair Carbide Series AIR 240 computer case.

Corsair is famous for its memory products, but as you likely know, the company has branched out in recent years with its cooling line, world class power supplies, SSDs, audio components, keyboards and mice and, of course, computer cases. Put it this way, if you call yourself an enthusiast, not only have you heard of Corsair, you've most likely owned one or more of its products.

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Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.

Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.

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The subject of today's evaluation is the Corsair Carbide Series AIR 240 cube case. Most of you will recognize this chassis design because of its striking resemblance to its larger sibling, the Corsair AIR 540 we reviewed last year. This case has all the same features of the larger AIR 540 such as the company's trademarked Direct Airflow Path cooling, dual chamber design and support for multiple 240mm liquid cooling systems with a substantially smaller footprint. How will the AIR 240 stack up? Let's find out.

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Product Packaging

The Corsair Carbide Series AIR 240 arrived in its bare product packaging. The overall measurements are 15"H x 18"L x 13.5"W. Aside from a few dings and dents, the packaging showed no signs of damage nor did the case inside. Overall the product packaging did its job protecting the case and contents from being damaged during shipping.

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Once again, Corsair decided against flashy packaging and slick graphics, instead opting for plain cardboard packaging with product information, name and company logo printed in black. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick Styrofoam inserts.

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