( 4.7 Average / 31 Ratings )
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Case build quality is equivalent of the Obsidian Series! Looks are impressive to me. Airflow is terrible. The massive slots at bottom of case(designed for HDD placement) leak air baaddd. Currently have Noctua fans in this thing and temps still widely fluctuate.
I can't believe how easy it is to build in this thing. I love the airflow and the look of it. My only complaint is that the Optical Drives block some on the cable grommets.
HUGE case. Very spacious so you wouldn't have any problem building it, no headaches for cable management as well.
I wish I could give this case 10 stars. Seriously, this case is awesome. Pure blast to build with, TONS of rooms, lots of configuration options. sleek looking, huge window, I can go on and on. If you're kicking the tires on this case, GET IT!
I really got to like the Corsair cases, starting out looking at the 240, and then going with the 540. I saw several builds with a white/black scheme and knew that was definitely for me. Building in it was very simple, even for a first timer.
I love that there's 2 parts of this case. The main show is the one with the windowed side panel. That houses your drives at the bottom, the mobo (can fix up to an ATX), GPU, and the fans (and rad if you have a liquid cooler system). The other side is the back with a solid panel. It hides the horror from your builds: cables. Also, it's funny it has SSD cages in the back instead of the front. But, oh well.
Now, there isn't a lot of features for cable management for the back, the front has it all. Pretty much, the back is where you can stuff your cables and not have it affect airflow or aesthetics.
The front is great. Would have loved to see either 1) more USB 3.0 or 2) 1 or 2 ports of USB 2. The hard drive LED is BRIGHT at night, but it's okay to see during the day. The magnetic filter is a bit hard to remove. It feels like I have to either come from the case to remove it or use a tool to get it off.
TL;DR: 4/5 stars due to
1) Magnetic air filter is hard to remove
2) SSD cage is in the back instead of front and center
3) Not enough USB ports, either 2.0 or 3.0
4) No cable management options in the back to keep cables more organized
1) Two compartments case
2) Big size case
3) Hotswap connections
4) Great airflow
5) Great view of the components in the first compartment
Awesome case! Kind of expensive, but the build quality is excellent and I love the two compartment system!
Would be nice if it was like it's little sister Air 240 and have the grill continue all the way through the 'bottom' face, to allow the case sitting in a horizontal configuration (I had to attach some flyscreen under the tool less HDD bays for the unsightly gaping holes, although I still have significant holes that I couldn't cover up).
Also comes with three fans (2 white LEDs and one greyish one) but they're quite noisy even at their lowest rpm (500-700). Only "using" the two white LED fans as a light source. The fans are set at 20% on speedfan which keeps them at 0rpm but enough to have their LEDs on.
Otherwise nice and spacious to work inside.
Wonderful case, separated out so that your hot components get the air they need across them from the front case fans without them being obstructed by drive bays.
The passive side that has no fans in, holds the 4 SSDs and the now inert 5.25 in bay, and hides a lot of the wiring clutter, currently I've got all my drive bays full so fitted the 2.5in HUE+ unit to the grill on the back of the passive cooling side. Between being able to tweak fan profiles and temperature monitoring on the motherboard and both my GPU and CPU being cooled by liquid, the airflow off the two 140mm fans get straight across the two hard drives in the bottom and over the rest of the motherboard nicely ready to go out across the GPU cooler and the radiators of the H100i, so I think I've managed to organise the heat areas of the build pretty well.
This case is absolutely designed to get the best out of your airflow, even if it is a bit wider than most. The icing on the cake is the large passive area that allows a lot of hiding of wiring, allowing for a very clean build, although I can still see areas in need of improvement in my own wiring.
Love that I can hide my awful rats nest cable management in the side compartment. Makes the windowed compartment very clean. I installed 6 Corsair SP120 RGB fans. Had to get a Coldzero midplate to cover the 3.5" HDD slots.