Corsair Carbide Series AIR 740 Cube Case Review

Corsair is back with another cube type case this time in its Carbide AIR series. The model AIR 740 is a big steel case that has a big footprint, and along with that comes a spacious interior that will lend itself to just about any amount of hardware you want to install and Corsair has its sights set on excellent cooling for all that hardware.

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Accessories

There is a small cardboard box inside one of the empty drive bays containing various screws and some zip ties. The Corsair Carbide AIR 740 owner's manual was found in the bottom of the chassis inside a plastic zip-lock plastic bag.

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Exterior

The Corsair Carbide AIR 740 features a steel construction with plastic front / top panels with black metal accents. This cube case measures 16.7"H x 13.4"W x 20.1"L and weighs a hair shy of 19.5 pounds. The case is painted with a matte black finish inside and out.

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The top of the case is made of black molded ABS plastic with large extruding fins that have strips of perforated hexagonal metal mesh in between. This design does a great job at keeping larger debris from falling into the case. The top panel is held in place by two thumbscrews in the rear of the panel. Once removed you can see the mounting locations for two 120mm and 140mm fans or 240mm and 280mm radiators.

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The front of the case is home to two USB 3.0 slots, headphone and microphone jacks, power and reset buttons, hard drive activity LED and a lighting switch for LED fans (not included). Despite the abundance of room in the front of the AIR 740, there are no external drive bays on this chassis. Half way down the right hand side of the front fascia there is what looks like a slot for an old school floppy drive but, what we are hearing from Corsair is that there will eventually be an HDMI pass through port for all you VR gamers out there. Directly behind the large extruding fins and perforated hexagonal metal mesh in the front panel, you will find mounting locations for 120mm and 140mm fans and radiators covered by a large magnetic fan filter.

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The side panel on the Corsair Carbide AIR 740 features a large flush mounted acrylic window for showcasing your system build. While metal thumbscrews hold the rear side panel in place, the windowed side panel is hinged. It should also be noted that, like the previous Carbide AIR Series chassis, the side panel window is slightly tinted which, may or may not be an issue to some.

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The bottom of the case is almost identical to the top and front of the chassis except that there are four rubber coated feet attached to the base with screws. Like the top of the chassis, the bottom panel covers mounting locations for two 120mm and 140mm fans or 240mm anhd 280mm radiators. Around back, on the left hand side as you face the case, you will find a bottom mounted PSU, with a large ventilated area just above it. On the right hand side you will find a motherboard I/O area, eight expansion slots and a rear mounted exhaust fan location that ships with a 140mm fan by default but can accommodate a 120mm fans as well.

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The filtration system on the Carbide Series AIR 740 consists of a single magnetic filter over the front fan mounting locations and a small peel off magnetic filter for the power supply. While this does an adequate job of filtering dirt and dust from entering through the front of the chassis, an extra peel off magnetic filter to use in the in the top or bottom of the case would have been nice. Overall the filtration system does what it is supposed to do even if it isn't as robust as the filtration systems on other Corsair chassis.

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The "look" of a case is subjective and will vary from person to person but I think most people will agree that the styling of the AIR 740 is more aggressive than the other cases in the Carbide Series AIR line. Although plastic is used in the construction of the of this chassis, you can see from the photos that the fit, finish, and panel alignment is near perfect. Also, one of the major concerns about mixing plastic and metal panels is that there is often a color difference between the plastic and steel panels. Corsair seems to have the color matching process down pat because the color matching is spot on. Overall this is a very solid and well constructed chassis.