Corsair Vengeance C70 Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on May 25, 2012


Introduction

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The Vengeance C70 is the latest mid-tower case from Corsair; it was visibly designed to resemble an ammunition box. It is available in three colors: arctic white, gunmetal black and military green. We will review the military green version.

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Figure 1: Corsair Vengeance C70 case

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Figure 2: Corsair Vengeance C70 case

The left panel of the Vengeance C70 has a big tinted window with two meshes, supporting the installation of two 120 mm or 140 mm fans. The case comes with rubber rings for these fans, in order to absorb vibration and noise. There is no air filter on the left-side panel.

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Figure 3: Left panel

The Front Panel

On its front panel, the Corsair Vengeance C70 has three external 5.25” bays, using solid covers. The case doesn’t come with fans on its front panel, but it supports the installation of two 120 mm models. See Figure 5. This is not a drawback, as the case has two 120 mm fans installed at the opposite side of the hard drive cages. There is an air filter on the front panel mesh.

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Figure 4: Front panel

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Figure 5: Front panel

The case comes with two USB 3.0 ports and the traditional audio jacks on the top side of the front panel. The power and reset buttons are also inspired by military equipment, creating a terrific harmony with the rest of the case. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal USB 3.0 connector, but the case comes with a USB 2.0 adapter, allowing you to install the USB 3.0 ports to a USB 2.0 header.

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Figure 6: Buttons and connectors

The Top, Bottom, and Rear Panels

The top panel of the Corsair Vengeance C70 is meshed and supports two 120 mm or 140 mm fans, and it comes with rubber rings for these fans. One of the highlights of this case is the presence of two carrying handles that resemble the carrying handles used on ammunition boxes. The top panel supports the installation of 240 mm radiators of liquid cooling solutions.

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Figure 7: Top panel

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Figure 8: Carrying handle

The bottom panel has air filters for the power supply fan and for the optional fans.

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Figure 9: Bottom panel

The rear panel and the interior of the Corsair Vengeance C70 are painted with the same color as the exterior – military green, in our sample.

The case has eight expansion slots, using vented covers.

There is a 120 mm fan on the rear panel (Corsair A1225M128), using a standard three-pin fan power connector, but the manufacturer doesn’t disclose its technical specifications.

On the Corsair Vengeance C70, the power supply goes on the bottom part of the case.

There are two holes for hoses of liquid cooling solutions, each measuring 1.2” (30 mm) in diameter. To use these holes, you must break their metallic covers and toss them away.

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Figure 10: Rear panel

Let’s now take a look inside the Corsair Vengeance C70.

Inside the Corsair Vengeance C70

Each side panel is attached to the chassis using two latches similar to the ones used on ammunition boxes. See Figure 11.

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Figure 11: One of the latches for the side panels

The motherboard tray has a huge hole for you to access the backplate of the CPU cooler without having to remove the motherboard from the case, a few holes protected with rubber covers for you to route cables behind it, several metallic clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties, and a cable organizer behind the motherboard tray.

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Figure 12: Overall look

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Figure 13: A view behind the motherboard tray

Figure 14 gives you another overall look inside the case. As explained, you can install a 240 mm radiator of liquid cooling solutions on the top panel. Expansion cards are fastened using black thumbscrews. The Corsair Vengeance C70 supports video cards up to 12.6” (320 mm) long on its default configuration or up to 18.1” (460 mm) if the top hard drive cage is removed.

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Figure 14: Overall look

The reviewed case comes with one 120 mm fan identical to the one used on the rear panel attached to each hard drive cage. See Figure 15.

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Figure 15: Internal fans

As already explained, the power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. Note that it can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As already shown, there is an air filter for the power supply fan.

The Corsair Vengeance C70 supports the installation of two 120 mm fans on the bottom panel, but you will need to remove the plastic support that holds the bottom hard drive cage. With the first 120 mm fan installed, you can install power supplies up to 7.5” (190 mm) deep. There is an air filter for these optional fans. Also, if you remove the bottom hard drive cage, you can install a 240 mm radiator of liquid cooling solutions on the bottom panel.

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Figure 16: Power supply compartment, default configuration

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Figure 17: Bottom panel with the bottom hard drive cage removed

The Disk Drive Bays

The Corsair Vengeance C70 has three 5.25” external bays and six 3.5”/2.5” internal bays in two hard drive cages. Installation of 5.25” and 3.5” devices can be done without the use of tools or screws, but you must use regular screws to install 2.5” devices.

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Figure 18: Disk drive bays

The hard drive cages are removable. You can remove the top cage if you want to install video cards longer than 12.6” (320 mm), and you can remove the bottom cage if you want to install a radiator on the bottom panel. Removing both cages at the same time is not practical, as you won’t have bays available for installing a hard drive or an SSD.

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Figure 19: Top cage removed

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Figure 20: Bottom cage removed

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Figure 21: One of the hard drive cages

Each 3.5”/2.5” bay is actually a small drawer, as you can see in Figure 22. The pegs that hold 3.5” devices have rubber rings to reduce vibration and absorb noise.

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Figure 22: One of the 3.5”/2.5” bays

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Corsair Vengeance C70 case include:

Conclusions

It has been a long time since we saw a case that we said “wow” as we opened the box. The Corsair Vengeance C70 impressed us in every possible way. Its design and construction quality are impeccable, and you will have a very unique-looking case. Its suggested price is on the high side, but we know that online retailers sell cases for less than the suggested price, so we expect to see this case being sold for USD 120-130, which is a terrific price point for such a unique product.

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