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Today we are taking a look at the first case in new Vengeance Series from Corsair. In the relatively short time that Corsair has been in the case market, they have released some truly memorable enclosures. The new Vengeance Series is obviously aimed at gamers with carry handles on the top of the case to allow for easy transport to LAN parties and easy access latches that make the C70 look like a large ammo box. The bold look of the C70 definitely makes a statement with the large red industrial-style power button and panic switch reset button complete with flip-up cover.

 The C70 supports ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards. Storage is comprised of three 5.25″ external drive bays, six 3.5″/2.5″ internal hard drive bays, and eight rear expansion slots.  There are three included 120mm case fans with spots to mount up to seven additional ones. The two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case come with a 19 pin motherboard connector for supported motherboards. Let’s take a look at the specs.

Specifications

Corsair Vengeance C70 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Micro ATX, ATX
Drive Bays External 3x 5.25”
Internal 6x 3.5″/2.5″
Cooling Front 2x 120mm intake fans behind drive cages; 2x 120mm fan mounts
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan
Top 2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Side 2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Bottom 2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts (if hard drive cage is removed)
Expansion Slots 8
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size Standard ATX
Clearances HSF 170 mm
PSU 180 mm
GPU 12.5″ / 320mm
Net Weight 19 Lbs (8.6kg)
Dimensions 19.72″ x 9.13″ x 20.98″(H x W x L)
Special Features USB 3.0 connectivity via internal header; Tool-less side panels and expansion slots; Support for up to 10 fans; Carrying handles; Removable drive cages; “Arctic White” finish; also comes in “Gunmetal Black” and “Military Green”
Price MSRP $139

Packaging and Accessories

We had high hopes that Corsair would have improved its packaging methods by now, but alas, our case arrived damaged. We previously received a damaged 600T case which Corsair promply responded to by sending replacement pieces for us to repair, but when will we have to stop crossing our fingers while waiting for our cases to be delivered? The box that the C70 comes in is thin, and so is the foam packaging in the box.

As soon as we opened the box we noticed the broken foam pieces and feared the worst. Upon inspecting the case, we found that the back had been caved in and the area around the rear exhaust fan was dented to the point that the I/O shield will not properly fit without buckling. The rest of the case was fine, but it was too late to send the case back for exchange because we ordered it ahead of time for an upcoming build. We were also disappointed to find that our accessory box (shipped by attaching to one of the hard drive trays) had opened during shipping and dumped out screws all over the inside of the case. We did recover all of the parts, but some tape on the box would have prevented this mess.

Accessories include:

  • Case screws
  • Tie straps
  • USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter
  • User manual

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Exterior

The outside of the C70 is obviously geared for gamers with the retractable carry handles, side panel latches reminiscent of a military ammo crate, and the industrial-style power and reset buttons. The model we purchased is the Arctic White color, but this case is also available in Military Green and Gunmetal Black. The steel exterior is sturdy for the most part, with some flexing on the side panels when removed. The front panel includes two USB 3.0 ports, mic and audio ports, power and reset buttons, and power and hard drive activity LED’s. The power LED is located inside of the power button and lights up the whole button when powered on. The front panel has a dust filter, but it is not removable. The entire front panel has to be removed to clean the filter.

The windowed side panel is smoked plastic and has room to install two optional fans. The top of the case also has room for two optional fans and includes rubber fan grommets to help dampen sound.

 

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The back of the case has eight vented expansion slots, punch-outs for water cooling tubes, spot for bottom mounted power supply and an included 120mm exhaust fan. If you look closely, you will be able to see the dented area by the rear fan. The back of the case is very thin steel that bends easily if pushed. This is pretty typical of a case in this price range. Once the parts are installed, the case becomes more rigid.

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The bottom of the case has two removable fan filters for the power supply area and for an optional fan that can be installed in front of the power supply. These filters just slide out toward either end of the case, so you can remove these for cleaning without having to turn the case on its side.

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Interior

The inside of the case is painted black with a very nice finish. There is a large cutout for the CPU area to make swapping out coolers easier. There are plenty of wire tie down hooks and wiring holes with rubber grommets included. The two hard drive cages can be removed to make room for extra long video cards or for mounting a radiator on the bottom of the case.

The optical drive bays have tool-less retention clips to hold the drives in place. These are not as nice as the latch style ones, but they get the job done and probably reduce the cost of the case. We found the interior to be extremely roomy for a mid-tower. There are two 120mm intake fans that are mounted on the front of the hard drive cages. These will help to cool the hard drives and also the graphics card(s) at the same time.

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The C70 has a 19 pin connector on the front panel USB 3.0 ports that will connect directly to motherboards with this header. If you have an older board, the included USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter cable can be used. The area behind the motherboard has a really nice cable routing setup with plastic clips that cover the wiring “channel”. We were able to easily route everything including the large power cables through here with little effort. This makes for a super clean wiring job and makes swapping out parts easier later on.

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The Build

Parts Used:

Case — Corsair Vengeance C70 — $139.99
CPU — Intel Core i5 3570K — $229.99
CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo -$35
Motherboard — ASUS Sabertooth Z77 — $249.99
Memory — Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 8GB — $60
GPU — EVGA GTX 670 — $399.99
PSU — SilverStone ST85F-G Evolution 850W — $179.99
Storage — Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD (CSSD-F120GB3-BK) — $109.99
Blu-Ray Drive — Samsung SH-B123L — $58
OS — Windows 7 Professional OEM — $140

Total: $1602.94

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Testing

Thermal tests were run using CPUID Hardware Monitor ver. 1.19. Four instances of Prime 95 were used to max out each CPU core for max load. Furmark 1.9.1 was used to stress the GPU for testing. Ambient room temperature was 80 Degrees Fahrenheit. GPU tests were run after manually setting the fan speed to 80% using EVGA Precision X. We ran tests using the stock case fans for the C70. Our Intel Core i7 3570K was running at stock speeds and was tested with both the stock Intel cooler and with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler installed. The three pre-installed fans push a decent amount of air through the case and can barely be heard. The addition of the new SST-ST85F-G Evolution power supply also helped to quiet the build.

 

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Conclusion

The Vengeance C70 was a pleasure to build in. We did not experience any issues except for the I/O shield not fitting properly due to the damage to the rear of the case during shipping. Although we did not test it, this case has plenty of room for water cooling components, with support for dual 240mm radiators if the hard drive cage is removed.  The C70 retails for $139, which is a good value for a case of this quality. We hope Corsair can work out their packaging issues so that future deliveries don’t suffer the same fate. We would definitely recommend the Vengeance C70 if the unique styling matches your taste.