Corsair Vengeance C70 Mid-Tower Case
Whoa, this is a Corsair case? The Vengeance C70 case has a bold and distinctive appearance, unlike Corsair’s Obsidian, Graphite, and Carbide cases. Those cases, on the whole, have very clean and classy aesthetics. Their spartan design is what I found so attractive about them. The C70s military-style look is quite a departure for Corsair. But is it still a rock-solid Corsair case?
- Distinctive, military-style appearance
- Durable steel construction
- Roomy interior to work in
- Plenty of cooling options
- Tool-free drive bays
- Great cable management
- Three washable dust filters
- Front dust filter isn’t easily accessible
IN THE BOX
Quick start guide
Nylon zip ties
Hard drive and motherboard screws
2.5-inch and SSD flat screws
USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 motherboard adapter
When you look at the C70, you can’t help but notice the unmistakable military-style visual cues. Complete with side panel clamps, red power button, covered reset switch, and military green paint (also available in black, and white), the C70 has a distinct style that should appeal to a lot of gamers. While the styling is bold, I still think the C70’s appearance is fairly clean; Corsair didn’t go overboard with it, which is just fine by me.
The C70 also has two handles, located on the top panel –– one in the front and one in the back –– for easy carrying. The handles have a spring that makes them drop flat when not in use. The left side panel also has a tinted window for showing off all the gear you’ve worked hard to put together.
The C70 weighs just over 18 pounds and is of average size, for a mid-tower ATX case. The entire case, including the front panel and drive bay covers, is made out of solid steel. The front I/O panel consists of the power button, HDD light, headphone jack, mic jack, two USB 3.0 ports and the reset switch. The power button requires a little extra effort to actuate than I’m used to, but I personally like it. Since the power button protrudes out, rather than being flush, the extra effort needed should help prevent accidental shutdowns.
The left and right side panels on the C70 are attached via quick-release clips. They’re a little stiff at first, but they loosen up a bit after opening and closing them a few times. Once you get inside, there’s plenty of room to work comfortably. Installing the motherboard was a piece of cake and there’s a large CPU backplate cutout for easy installation of CPU coolers. The ATX 8-pin power connector is easy to route to the motherboard via the cutout and doesn’t get in the way of a 240mm radiator. The C70s top radiator mounts are shifted slightly to the front, to give a little extra room for the ATX 8-pin connector. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you’ve ever tried to attach a large radiator with the 8-pin connector in the way, you’ll appreciate the improvement.
There are eight expansion slots in the C70 and plenty of room for long GPUs (up to 320mm). The three 5.25-inch drive bays use a tool-less mounting system that’s very easy to use and effective. They’re less involved than some of Corsair’s other cases, but work just as well. The six 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive bays are separated into two drive cages and come with tool-less drive trays that can fit both sizes of drives. However, for 2.5-inch drives, like SSD drives, you’ll have to screw them onto the trays. The bottom drive cage can be removed if you need to make room for a 240mm radiator at the bottom.
One of my favorite features in Corsair cases is the cable management. The cable routing holes make cleaning up the inside of your case a breeze. New to the C70, though, is built-in cable clamps, on the right side of the case. These clamps are a godsend for keeping cables neatly organized. I admit that I rarely take the time to keep my cables tied down, mainly because I frequently rearrange my components or I’m testing some new hardware. But with the clamps, it’s a cinch to keep it all neat.
The Vengeance C70 comes with three 120mm fans. The one in the rear is an exhaust fan, while the two intake fans are attached to the drive cages. You can also put two additional 120mm fans on the opposite side of the cages, two on the top (or 240mm radiator), and two on the bottom (or 240mm radiator). You can mount two more 120mm fans on the left side panel. All told, you can have up to 10 fans installed in the C70, which should give you plenty of flexibility in creating the proper cooling setup for your hardware configuration.
You also get three dust filters in the C70. There are two on the bottom, with one sliding out from the back and one from the front. The last filter is behind the front panel, but can’t be accessed without removing the front panel first.
|Dimensions||19.7″ (H) x 21″ (L) x 9.1″ (W)|
|Mobo Support||ATX, mATX|
|Drive Bays||5.25” (x3), 3.5”/2.5” (x6) w/drive caddies|
|Cooling||120mm fans (x3)|
|Front I/O Panel||USB 3.0 (x2), Headphone (x1), MIC (x1)|
|Power Supply||ATX (not included)|
At first glance, the Vengeance C70 doesn’t look like a case made by Corsair. It has a military-style appearance that’s not a signature of Corsair, at all. Upon closer inspection, however, it’s definitely a Corsair case. The C70s solid build quality, roomy interior, tool-less drive bays, flexible cooling, and nice cable management, are all typical features of a Corsair case. The Vengeance C70 ends up being a great looking case with thoughtful features for system builders, enthusiasts, and gamers. I highly recommend it.
Available from Amazon.com.
* Review unit provided by Corsair