Corsair Vengeance C70: Atten-Hut!
When it comes to a gaming computer case the rest of the world, the none gamers, just do not get it. They see the strange angles, array of lights and loads of fans. The cases are loud and obviously geeky in design. The reasoning for this is simple. You see people like things that make them feel inspired when they engage in an activity. Take a look at a football fans man-cave. There will be large pictures of his favorite player on the wall, maybe a clock that looks like his favorite teams scoreboard. There will be glasses, coaster and even pillows all with the team logo on it. The reason he does that is that when he enters this room he is put into a football frame of mind.
Well gamers that build PCs do the same thing. Around my desk I have starship miniatures from EVE Online, my Kingston Rex head pen holder, my computer has a blue LED light show going that is matched by my keyboard and mouse. I have built a small part of my home that puts me in my computer gamer frame of mind. However just like there is no one team for every football fan, there is no one style for every gamer, they want something that reflects their favorite game, style of game or just the fact they are geeky.
Corsair has a solid line of cases but they wanted something for their Vengeance gaming lineup and so we today take a look at the first of the Vengeance case lineup, the C70. Corsair understands what I was talking about above and so they decided to make a case that had a style to entice certain gamers, the target was the military FPFS, and strategy gaming crowd. The C70 is available in three colors; White, Black and Military Green. When we saw this case for the first time we HAD to see it in green so Corsair sent us a green case.
As you can see the case looks like someone took an ammo box and put a computer inside, this was the intention. The case is all steel and so have a very military feel to it. The side window is a tinted Plexiglas with mounts for two 120/140mm fans. The front of the case has plastic inserts for the drive bays but it otherwise steel.
The front can support three optical drive bays but the real draw is the front control panel. Keeping with the military style Corsair has made the buttons look like something on a military device. The power button is large and red, easy to find when needed. The reset button is done in a yellow warning style and is under a spring loaded cover so it cannot be accidentally pressed. You also have your microphone and headphone jacks as well as the HD LED.
Looking into the future Corsair has forgone the use of USB2 pots on the front of the case, giving you two USB 3 ports and nothing else. However this forward look did not come without the common sense military approach of prepare for the future but deal with the now. With this in mind Corsair included an adapter that will take the internal USB3 connection and convert it to a USB2 connection for the motherboard header if needed.
Moving to the inside we were first struck by the latch system used for the side panels. Corsair already impressed us with the 600GT and the latching system it used. It was super easy to use and just made getting into the case better. Well this time around they did the same thing but with military style. The latch system is like that found on a lot of military equipment containers, basically a steel latch that is held in place by a bump in the metal around it. The system is super simple and super easy to use.
While we are looking at this part of the case, note the carry handles attached to the top of the case. This are not an added but a designed handle mount into the metal with metal, spring loaded handles. These can EASILY handle the weight of a loaded PC and make this easy to move around for LAN Parties.
Opening the case we find a bottom mount PSU system with filter as well as a large cutout for the CPU back plate. The 6 HD drive bays are of tool less design except for the use to 2.5” drives but they are properly supported. Each bay of three can be removed to increase air flow. Removing the bottom bay and the mount for the bay will open up space for a 240mm radiator is desired. As you can see this has it’s own filter accessed from the front of the case.
Speaking of those bays, corsair has included with the case two 120mm fans mounted at the back side of these bays to pull air over the HDs and through the front. The Front panel can be removed to access a filter and add an addition two 120mm fans for extra air intake. This along with the ability to add a 240mm radiator to the top of the case or two fans either 120mm or 140mm and the 120mm rear fan means you get some great airflow options to fit just about any build.
Opening the back of the case we find a large area for cable management and the mounting clip designed Corsair has included has a much neater look to it that using the various tie system other cases have used. This case is designed with versatility and build friendliness in mind.
We have seen a lot of case companies over the years try to hit on a look to create that feel we want from the aesthetics of our PC. Corsair has taken a very simple design and used very basic elements plus a coat of paint to create a near perfect military styling for this case.
The only flaw we found with the case in fact is with the bottom filters. The filters themselves are designed too thin for the mounting rails they use and this means it is super easy for them to slide out. In fact so easy that even using a can of compressed air we could make them fly off the case. The good news is there is a SIMPLE solution, take soma black electrical tape and fold it over each edge of the filter. This creates the tighter fit desired without making the filters hard to remove. In our testing this result in the filters not moving without you purposefully taking them out. We have passed this along to Corsair and they are looking at how to fix this for future builds.
This is quite simply a great case and if you a military buff or a military style gamer then this case will peg your geek meter. Priced at $140 this case is a decent buy from a cost perspective. However cost is harder to judge on a case like this. If this is the style you want in your computer room then the cost is reasonable and actually a great value. THAT at the end of the day is the big determining factor. There are a lot of great cases today and the key is now less about features and more about style. It is easy to find a case today with great cooling and the features we want, but the key is to find the style we want. Corsair has, as an expert marksman should, hit the target of style for this case dead center. If you love military gaming, or just are the military itself this is the case to buy to create the feel you will want in your PC.
I could not of course end this review without making an appropriate remark that fits this case’s style. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page were I will post more pictures shortly.
Show segment as aired live 30 June 2012