Author: Chris Ledenican
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
Article Link: http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/Corsair_Vengeance_C70/
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Since the initial release of the Corsair Obsidian 800D, Corsair has expanded their chassis lineup with cases ranging from the high-end Obsidian to the more budget-conscious Carbide series. While all the series of cases are designed to appeal to different types of desktop builders, they are all high quality, include the latest features and look pretty darn sweet to boot.
The latest case in Corsair’s arsenal introduces a new series to their case lineup, but the branding will be familiar to most gamers. The C70 is part of Corsair's Vengeance series, which is dedicated exclusively to gamers. Up this this point the Vengeance series has included products such as memory, keyboards, mice, and headsets, all designed for gaming enthusiasts. At first glance the C70 is no different, as it comes with a sleek ammo case design, military-themed paint jobs and more features than the average gamer can shake a stick at.
The Vengeance C70 comes in three colors, Arctic White, Gunmetal Black and Military Green. All three have the same features and the same $139 MSRP as well.
|Dimension||501mm (H) x 232mm (W) x 533mm (L)|
|MB Support||ATX / mATX|
||10.5kg / 23.1 lb|
||Three (3x) 5.25” bays, and Six (6x) 3.5”/2.5” hard drive bays|
||Three (3x) 120mm fans|
||(x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC, Power, and Reset Switches|
||ATX (Not included)|
Corsair ships all their cases in similar packaging, so it came as no surprise to see the C70 show up in a familar brown box. On the outside, Corsair lists all the important features of the case using both diagrams and explanations. As you can see from the box, the keywords for this particular case are Rugged, Cool and Equipped.
The exterior of the case is modeled after army ammo casing and the resemblance is unmistakable. Beyond just the aesthetics though, the C70 is also a well-equipped case. Just along the front panel, the case includes ample USB 3.0 support, a large perforated vent and three external 5.25" drive bays. Additionally, the back of the case features 8 expansion slots, plenty of ventilation and two removable covers for external water cooling tubes.
Both sides of the case have the same extruding design, but the predominate side panel has a large plexiglas window for viewing all the internal hardware. The panel also has two perforated areas to mount either 120mm or 140mm fans. Adding two fans to the side panel will improve the thermal performance of the case, but these fans are optional and Corsair didn't include any dust filters for this area.
As we mentioned earlier, the front of the case has a large vent as well with 3 5.25 drive bays, and it also has the control panel. Starting from the left, the panel has a large red power button, an activity LED, audio ports, dual USB 3.0 ports and a reset button. These ports are standard on most any modern high-end cases, but Corsair has modeled the buttons to match the military design. As you can see, the power button is large and red while the reset button is colored with hazard stripes and even has a clear cover over it.
The top of the case also carries the military aesthetics, with two handles at the front and back of the panel along with four locking clips. The top panel also has a large ventilation port that can accommodate internal radiators up to 240mm, or multiple case fans. Like the side fans, these are optional and do not come with the C70.
Unlike most cases the C70 uses four locking clips at the top of the case to secure the doors to the chassis. This feature alone is a major reason the case looks so much like an ammo crate, but they work exceptionally well. To remove the panel, the bottom of the clips must first be pushed upward, which unlocks the top clips. Once the clips are pushed back, the panel can easily be lifted away from the case. Putting the panel back on proved a little more difficult though, but this was just due to the clips needing a bit of pressure to get back into the locked position.
The bottom panel of the C70 has a massive perforated area that extends across the entire panel. This will improve ventilation to any lower components such as the power supply, and the attached dust filters will prevent most unwanted particles from entering the case from the bottom. The filters are removable and can easily be washed out with a cloth and/or some water.
The accessories that come with the case include a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, zip-ties, various screws, an installation guide and a paper insert that asks the owner to not return a defective item to the store but instead send it in to Corsair for repair or replacement.
The C70 is a mid-sized tower that has ample internal volume allowing it to support standard ATX motherboards, large graphics cards, 8 internal hard drives, and up to three dual slot graphics cards. Additionally, the C70 features four large grommet covered cable management holes that allow cables to be routed behind the motherboard tray. There is plenty of room behind the tray as well due to the side panel bowing outward to provide more spacing, so even larger power cables should be easily accommodated.
Once we opened the case we found a few features that were quite interesting. First off, the interior of the C70 is painted it to match the exterior, so the entire case has the military green coating of paint. Another aspect we liked is that there are three large plastic locking clips on the back panel. These clips are designed to hold down the cables behind the motherboard tray and are much easier to use than multiple zip-ties.
The motherboard tray can support both ATX and mATX form factors and has a large CPU retention access opening. Like most motherboards trays, the screw holes on the tray are where the stand offs should go to support a certain motherboard size, and there are three large cable routing holes to route the cables to the motherboard and keep them from being an eyesore (as well as getting in the way).
The C70 uses a bracket system for internal hard drive installation. The brackets use a combination design that fits both 3.5" hard drives and 2.5" SSDs. With these brackets, the C70 can support a total of up to eight HDDs or SSDs without modification. Traditional hard drives are secured to the bracket using four locking clips on the sides of the bracket, but SSDs still need to be secured manually with screws.
Once the hard drive is secured to the tray, it can be inserted back into the chassis. The hard drives are all positioned facing backwards, which makes them easy to access from the side panel and also facilitates cable management inside the case. Unlike most cases, the fans dedicated to cooling the hard drives are actually not directly in front of them, so instead of pulling in air from the front and pushing it over the hard drives, it will be pulling the air away from the hard drives and directing it toward the graphics card.
The C70 can accommodate any standard ATX power supply. The power supply installation bay is located at the bottom of the case, and the rear panel has screw holes that allow the power supply to be installed either with the fan facing upward to improve ventilation, or downward where it can pull in air for outside the chassis.
The CPU retention area built into the motherboard tray is one of the largest we have seen. This will ensure the opening will work with virtually any motherboard on the market. As you can see, our test setup easily fit into the retention hole as there was no part of the bracket that was covered by the motherboard tray. While our test system included a LGA-1155 motherboard, the C70 should accommodate most types of CPU and motherboard layouts including the latest Intel LGA2011 and AMD FM1 sockets.
All of our hardware fit nicely into the C70 and even though the hard drive bays can be removed to fit larger graphics cards, our HD 7970 still fit easily into the case. The back panel locking clips also proved to be a huge help when it came to securing the loose cables to the panel, as only a few were not able to secured to the case with the locking clips. This made closing the panel a breeze and it will also make it easier to move the cables later on because there are not pesky zip-ties to deal with.
For testing I maintained an ambient room temperature of 70°F and used HWMonitor to monitor each component's internal temperature. The idle temperatures were taken after the computer remained on, but with no operating load for an hour. The load tests were taken after a 15 minute period with Kombuster's power supply test active.
The Corsair C70 had exceptional cooling across the board. In fact the only area where it wasn't the top performing model at cooling the internal hardware was the hard drives, but the tempuratures there were still good. This is obviously due to the positioning of the fans pulling air from the hard drive area instead of pushing it through the hard drive bays, which would typically yield better results.
When it comes to the Vengeance series, Corsair has delivered great products that are geared toward gamers time and again, and the Vengeance C70 is no exception. Once you get this case out of the box it is easy to see that it pulls no punches and makes no bones about being a dedicated gaming chassis. The case sports a military-inspired look that closely resembles ammo casing, along with a sleek military paint job and options such as heavy duty handles and locking clips. All of these features are going to make the C70 stand out to anyone that likes these types of design, but the C70 is not just a one trick pony.
Corsair has included features that allow the case to accommodate any graphics card on the market, most current gen motherboards and up to eight SSDs. This amount of support puts the C70 right up there with some of the best equipped cases on the market, so we are surprised that the MSRP is only $139 USD and not higher. Additionally, the case comes with one specific feature we hope more cases will start to employ, the adjustable cable management clips on the back of the motherboard tray. Not only did these clips make it easier to route cables, but they also secured the cables to the tray nicely, and the removable design makes it easy to add or removable cables without hassle.
The only real issue we had with the case was that lack of support for larger motherboards. It was disappointing to find that a motherboard such as the Gigabyte G1 Assassin couldn’t be used with this case, as it nicely complement the rugged military style if nothing else. The power button also suffered from having very little movement, thus requiring more pressure to activate than most cases. This is a small issue, but one we think Corsair should look into addressing.
As the first case in the Vengeance series, we believe Corsair did an outstanding job and we really look forward to seeing their future Vengeance case designs. Of course the style of the C70 is not for everyone but if rugged military visuals are your thing, the Corsair Vengeance C70 leverages its military design better than any other case we have seen to date.
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