Carbide Air 240

Corsair’s Carbide Air 240 is my absolute favorite small form factor case, and going back to check it this month has only-reinforced my high opinion of it. No other case gives me the same urge to delve in and get building.

It’s partly thanks to smart segregation of components and attention to detail. But what’s even

You can build a hugely powerful PC into this diminutive cube.

more impressive is the way the Corsair engineers have taken the hefty Carbide Air 540 and shrunk it down perfectly to fit the demands of the smaller PC.

Carbide Air 240

Carbide Air 240

The Air 240 still has to cope with full-sized graphics cards, storage drives and power supplies. The fact that it remains roomy and delivers such excellent airflow, despite being so shrunken down compared with the Air 540, is testament to the success of the Corsair design team. Impressively this case can cope with both mini-ITX and mATX boards.

It’s business as usual regarding the rest of the componentry: full-sized GPUs, PSUs and 240mm watercooling radiators are all happily accommodated. You will struggle with the longest of AMD’s graphics cards, but that is the only restriction imposed here.

On the side of the case with the almost floor-to-ceiling perspex panel are the sexy PC components— graphics card, motherboard, processor. Hidden behind them, in the dark half of the case, go the storage drives, PSU, and the Medusa-like PC cabling. This design makes it simple to keep your build as clean as possible, and because of this two-tier design you have lots of space in which to work when building.

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Some people aren’t going to like the Borg Cube aesthetic—though one UK PC builder does sell a machine covered in Borgy vinyl decals. But I love the server-chic styling of its larger sibling and shrunk down it still looks like it means business. And it does: you can build a hugely powerful PC into this diminutive cube, especially with the latest mATX X99 boards. That thought really dt>es make me want to ditch the ATX under my desk.

SPEC ♦ Form factor nVJX. mni-ITX ♦ Dimensions 260 * 320 * 397mm (WxHxD) ♦ Fans 2x 120mm front, k 120mm roof ♦ Drive bays 3×3.5′. 3×25* ♦ Expansion slots 4 ♦ Max. graphics card length 290mm

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