Corsair Carbide Air 540 Reviewred454 - October 22, 2013
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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Testing:
Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, and motherboard during idle and load phases. The load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs and 3DMark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor 1.21.0. Please note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
- Processor: Core i7 4770K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-D14
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- PSU: Thermaltake SMART 750W SP-750P
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- Chassis: Corsair Carbide Air 540
The goal for the Air 540 is to offer superior cooling and it does so with just three quiet AF140L fans. And on the CPU side, the Air 540 leads the group of test cases, although it is not by a huge margin. You could likely add some top fans and see the Air 540 pull away a bit more from the other cases.
On the GPU end of the testing, the numbers are rather close, and well within the margin of error. I am using a reference video card, which means that it uses a blower type fan that exhausts hot air out the rear of the case. So as long as there is a decent supply of outside air, it is not surprising that the results are so close. A non-reference card that generally rejects heat into the case may test the cases' ability to stay cool.
Overall though, the cooling numbers show that the comparison cases are stiff competition.