A Look Inside
If we take a look inside we can see that this first chamber will house our motherboard, video card and some storage. The Carbide Series Air 540 supports E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. Taking a closer look inside we can see that there are a total of 9 cable routing holes with 8 of them having the rubber inserts installed. There is also a very large CPU cutout which will enable you to install an aftermarket CPU cooler without having to remove your motherboard from the case.
At the front of the case we can see the two pre-installed AF140L intake fans. If you decide you want to install 120 mm fans here you can install 3. If you choose to go the watercooling route the front of the case can support up to a 360 mm radiator. The top part of the case can fit two 120 / 140 mm fans or up to a 280 mm radiator.
At the bottom of the case there are two hard drive trays. These trays actually have hot-swap backplanes installed. The trays support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives.
The 8 expansion slots have thumbscrews on them for easy installation of expansion cards. Moving up we can see the AF140L exhaust fan.
Taking a look at the opposite side of the case here is where you will be installing your 5.25-inch drives, 2.5-inch drives and power supply. The 2.5-inch hard drive cage supports up to four hard drives with tool-less installation. The entire cage can be removed from the case.
Your 5.25-inch drives are also installed in a cage and do use a tool-less system. At the bottom of the case there metal pieces that your power supply will sit on. The end piece can be moved to accommodate larger power supplies. As you can see there is quite a lot of room on this side of the case for you to organize and hide your cables.
Feb 26, 2015 0