Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro-ATX Chassis Review



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Introduction


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Since I first saw this chassis at Computex earlier this year I have been eager to get my hands on it. I absolutely loved the Air 540 chassis, but I had one minor gripe about its design, it was too big! I wanted to use the chassis for my own system build, but it wouldn’t fit under or on top of my desk due to its box like form factor. Either way, the Air 540 was a lovely looking and very capable chassis, but Corsair know people want something a little more compact and have come back with the Air 240, a mini-ITX / MicroATX compatible HTPC / LAN box style chassis.

Corsair already have a stunning range of chassis products on the market, but they’ve often dominated the larger form factors, now with the release of the Air 240 they have their targets set on the smaller form factor market and the Air 240 looks like a promising product for those who are limited on space, or need a high-end system with some level of portability. With the rise in popularity of LAN gaming events, having a rig you can put in the boot of your car and take with you is a welcome bonus and it also helps if the chassis is still capable of packing huge amounts of hardware despite its smaller size.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Air 240 is small, but it is far from lacking in ability. There is room for six hard drives, seven fans, room for 240mm water cooling radiators, ATX power supplies, mATX motherboards and a dual graphics card setup of up to 290mm in length, meaning many of today’s high-end cards will fit with ease.

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The packaging features a few details on the front as well as a small representation of the chassis overall design.

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Around the back we have a technical breakdown of all the major components.

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In the box you’ll find the quick start guide and all the major fittings needed to install your components, including some handy rubber grip fee for the bottom of the chassis.

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  • Wayne

    I’ve just finished building a system for a customer using this case as we speak and to be honest, I’m not quite as impressed with it as you are Peter. Ignoring some of the finer issues, the thing that jarred me the most were the flimsy, paper thin side panels, it’s not what I expected from a product with such a premium price tag.
    Overall I liked the case and the thoughtful touches such as the ‘stay put’ thumb screws but why didn’t they do the same for the top cover?

    • Peter Donnell

      I don’t see the point in those fixed-screws on some panels and not the others either, its strange. Can’t say I thought the panels were all that bad tbh, build quality was good overall, but compared to the metal panels on Fractal stuff etc, yeah, they’re flimsy :-p

  • S.Kazama

    If this card is a Sapphire Toxic R9 270X 2GB… then isn’t it 308mm in length? Please can someone confirm if this is the Sapphire Toxic edition as I want to fit a Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC Windforce 3GB into this case, which is 292mm in length. Thank you :)

  • S.Kazama

    Is that the Sapphire Toxic R9 270X 2GB GPU installed in this case? If so, it is 308mm in length! Please can someone confirm if the GPU installed is the Toxic version of the R9 270X as I would like to install a Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC Windforce GPU into this case, which is 292mm in length. Thank you :)

  • BigBoi

    Did the power cables for the graphics card touch the window panel?
    That is one of my concerns on this case…