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Corsair Carbide Series AIR 540 Computer Case Review

Corsair is adding a somewhat nonconformist computer case design to its product stack with the AIR 540. Its product features tout better cooling, easier adaptation of high end air and water cooling, all while being a quieter solution. The AIR 540 looks to be a simple cube shape, but inside it holds an uncommon dual chamber design.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing the Corsair Carbide Series AIR 540 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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We will be spending a little quality time with the newest member of Corsair's Carbide Series, the AIR 540 cube case. The company product page claims its trademarked Direct Airflow Path provides "revolutionary" cooling while the case itself is designed for fast, neat, and satisfying builds. Let's see about that, shall we?

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Product Packaging

The Corsair Carbide Series AIR 540 arrived in its bare product packaging. The overall measurements are 19"H x 20"L x 16"W. Other than moderate wear on the back and side of the box, the packaging showed no signs of structural damage and the case arrived in good shape. Overall the product packaging did a fine job protecting the case and contents from damage 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 cloth bag and held in place by thick Styrofoam inserts.

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