Corsair Vengeance C70 (Arctic White) Review
Corsair have been making cases for some time now but we have only seen a couple of them here at pcGameware. A Corsair R300 forms part of David’s Rig (and I know he’s more than pleased with it!) and the other (Corsair Carbide R400) was reviewed by Mark in April 2011. Today I will be taking a look at my first Corsair case the Corsair Vengeance C70 (CC-9011019-WW). This is the Arctic White edition although the case is also available in GunMetal Black and more unusually in Military Green!
The Corsair Vengeance C70 (Arctic White) is a Midi Tower case and looks similar to a Military Ammo case (especially the Military Green version (obviously!)) and it supports both ATX and Micro-ATX Form Factor motherboards. The case is made predominately from steel and features 8 expansion slots, x3 5.25″ bays and x6 3.5″/2.5″ hard drive bays. Cooling is provided by x3 120mm fans all of which are included and there is also support for Liquid Cooling in both the roof and front of the case, with up to 240mm radiator support.
The Corsair Vengeance C70 (Arctic White) came well packaged in the now common brown (Green!) cardboard box surrounded by hard foam and covered with a clear plastic bag. The front of the box features an overview of the case: ‘The Vengeance Series C70 Gaming Case is a ruggedized, well designed, and easy to use mid-tower built to house your PC armory. From its dual radiator support for watercooling fans to its ten fan mount locations (three included), the C70 keeps almost anything cool and looks good doing it’.
The back of the box features a rather smart and useful exploded view of the C70, in addition to this there is a list of some of the more important features of the case.
Both the sides of the box feature the same detail, here you will find a list of the technical specifications (see Specifications/Features below).
Inside the box was Quick Start Guide, the STOP! (Do not return this product to the Store) leaflet and an accessories box. Inside the accessories box you will find the following:
- x8 Rubber fan mounts
- x16 Fan screws (short)
- x8 Fan Screws (long)
- x18 MBD/HDD screws
- x12 ODD/SSD screws
- x6 Cable ties
- x1 USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter (can be very useful if your MB has no USB 3.0 headers)
At the time of writing the Corsair Vengeance C70 (Arctic White) costs approximately £110 and comes with a 2 year limited warranty.
courtesy of Corsair
|Dimension||501mm (H) x 232mm (W) x 533mm (L)|
|MB Support||ATX, mATX|
|Drive Bays||Three (3x) 5.25″ bays and Six (6x) 3.5″/2.5″ hard drive bays|
|Cooling||Three (3x) 120mm fans|
|Front I/O||(x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC, Power and Reset Switches|
|Power Supply||ATX (not included)|
Of course the main thing about the Corsair Vengeance C70 is the styling; with its carry handles and clips it’s obvious that it takes its cue from an Ammo Box. I quite like the styling, although I’m sure that the C70 looks far more authentic in its optional Military Green colour.
The Corsair C70 is deemed to be a mid-tower case and it has the following dimensions 501mm (H) x 232mm (W) x 533mm (L). The case is designed to be more portable than the avergae case, so it should be good for LAN parties etc. should you wish to take the C70 on the road, being made of steel should also ensure that case can handle the odd knock or two.
The C70 comes equipped with x3 120mm fans all of which will need to be plugged into a motherboard fan header, there is no fan controller! Up to seven additional fans can be added should you wish (x2 in the front, x2 in the side, x2 in the roof & x1 in the floor); that’s a lot of fans!
The front lower section of the Corsair Vengeance C70 features a black grill, with Corsair Logo, behind which you can mount an additional x2 120mm fans. There is a also a filter that can be removed although it’s not that easy as the front panel itself needs to be removed to do this. Above this you have 3 free drive bays, with the final drive being used to house the main controls.
These controls consist of the Power button, Disk Activity LED, Headphone port, Microphone port, x2 USB3.0 ports and the Reset button. Both the Power and Reset buttons are very stiff and feel rather lifeless in operation (although this is obviously by design) requiring a significant amount of pressure to operate; you certainly won’t press either of these buttons by accident; even less so the Reset button as it’s rather cleverly protected by a springy clear plastic flap!
The back of the case features a single 120mm exhaust fan (supplied) with x2 water cooling holes at the very top. These holes are of the metal press out variety which is a bit of a shame, but really I feel that these cooling pipe holes are now a thing of the past anyway! To the left of the 120mm fan position is the main motherboard I/O Panel Shield cutout. Below this you will find x8 expansions slots, allowing the C70 to support both Quad SLI and Quad CrossFire. Finally below this you find the cutout for the bottom mounted Power Supply.
The left side of the case features a steel panel with a large smoked window, with the back half providing support for an additional x2 120mm fans that are ideally placed for Graphics Card cooling. The panel is held in place by the top locking clips that appear to be extremely sturdy and a little industrial in use (again in keeping with that Military theme!); this actually makes the panel(s) very easy to remove (no thumb screws here!).
The right side panel is an all steel panel with little flex and is once again held in place by the top mounted clips. All in all this makes the Vengeance C70 a very easy case to gain access to quickly, which is most welcome…
Atop the Corsair Vengeance C70 you will find the carry handles that appear really sturdy and more than capable, regardless of how much kit you may squeeze inside! The central section features a large grill that supports x2 120mm fans. The setup is perfect for water cooling and predictably a Corsair H100 fits perfectly, although any 120mm or 240mm radiator should be fine. All of the screw holes also feature rubber grommets (nice idea!) that should help to dampen any noise/vibration from the radiator and fans.
The underside of the Corsair Vengeance C70 features two large feet both with rubber inserts, this keeps the case approximately 15mm off of the floor/desk. In addition to this there are two dust filters, one for the rear Power Supply and one for the floor of the case should you fit an additional 120mm fan. A good thing here is the use of two filters, as this shortens the filter length and makes removal (especially from the rear) easier. Unfortunately these filters are very loose and fall out at every available opportunity! Of course this is less of a problem once the case has been sited.
With the left side panel removed you get a good look at the interior of the C70. It’s a relatively roomy case with a nice large CPU cutout and a good deal of cable management holes (three of which are fitted with high quality rubber grommets). All of the front panel cables are also black which is always good to see. There are two hard drive cages (both removable by way of 5 screws) with each bay supporting up to three drives with quick release caddies, both HDDs and SSDs are catered for. Also in the image (above left) you can see the somewhat unusual positioning of the x2 120mm intake fans as these are pulling air across the drives and not pushing. Although as two additional fans can also be fitted to the front (or you could move the existing fans), it seems that most scenarios are catered for. The C70 also features a quick release (tool-less) metal spring type mechanism for the top three 5.25″ drive bays.
With the right side panel removed you can see that the Vengeance C70 features a fair amount of room for cable management (about 10mm – 25mm, as the back-plate features some indentations in places) and that the back also has a rather nifty quick release cable clip mechanism with three clips. These clips actually appear to be well positioned too and should prove to be most useful…
As mentioned earlier both of the hard drive cages can be removed, providing more room for those extra long Graphics Cards, should you need it. This is just a case of removing 4 thumb screws and one normal screw (not sure why there weren’t 5 thumb screws!?), once the screws are removed the cages just slide out.
The front panel can also be easily removed (although the sides need to be removed first) by un-clipping 6 metal clips. In the images above you can clearly see where the x2 additional 120mm fans can be installed in the front of the case. With this front panel removed you can now access the dust filter behind the panel itself, this is also held in place by way of clips.
With all of the panels removed along with the drive cages the Corsair Vengeance C70 is really easy is to work on. Note that the internals of the C70 is mostly black and not white. Now let’s crack on with the installation…
Installation of the components from My Test Rig was pretty easy with the Corsair Vengeance C70.
First the Corsair AX1200 Power Supply was fitted and even though this is a large unit (150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 200mm(L)) there was plenty of space for it to fit and the upper case lip also held it tightly in position. The ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional motherboard assembly (MB, CPU & RAM) was then transferred to the C70. I liked the central ATX pin position (instead of a stand-off) located in the centre of the motherboard section, I was less impressed that when I needed an additional Stand-off (the ASRock board uses ten screws as apposed to the more common nine) none were supplied and the ones that I did have used a different thread!
With the motherboard assembly in place the Corsair H100 CPU Cooler could now be installed and one would hope that this should be really rather simple, as this case supports water-cooling and the H100 is Corsair’s top of the line cooler. Predictably the H100 fitted beautifully and was also easy to install, I especially liked the inclusion of the screw hole grommets as this should help lessen noise and vibration through the case.
Finally the Graphics Card (GTX 680) was added and the SSD was screwed into its caddy and slid into place. The three 120mm case fans were wired up to three motherboard fan headers (leaving me none spare!). Wiring the components up was a simple job and the grommets were all well positioned and also of a high quality (i.e. they don’t fall out easily!). The cable management clips at the back of the case were most useful and were very easy to use and held multiple cables in place with ease (nice one Corsair!).
With all of the components installed and wired up it was time to fire up the Corsair Vengeance C70 for the first time. A push (READ: hard push) of the Power button brought the C70 to life and I was soon back in Windows. None of the fans within the C70 have LEDs, the lighting shown below comes from the Corsair H100 Cooler and the Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM and a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series Sound Card.
I will be using Prime95 and Core Temp to evaluate CPU temperatures and I will be using MSI Afterburner to evaluate the GPU temperatures. To help generate some heat in the case I will also be utilising the following benchmarks:
CPU performance testing was carried out using Prime95 to stress the CPU. Each run was timed at 30 mins and the max temperature reading for each core was noted. Testing was carried out at both 3.5GHz and at 4.386GHz.
GPU performance testing was carried out by running each benchmark for 15 minutes and then recording the maximum GPU temperature recorded.
From a performance point of view the main area that we want to focus on is cooling. Let’s take a look at the thermals for the Corsair Vengeance C70.
- CPU Cooling Results – (Intel Core i7-3770K)
|CPU Speed||CPU Voltage||Ambient Temperature||CPU Temp (avg cores)||Delta Temperature|
|4.386GHz (BClk 102MHz)||1.120||21.50||63.25||41.75|
* All case fans set to high (via BIOS)
- GPU Cooling Results MSI GTX 680 TWIN FROZR (OC Edition) – (Core: 1058MHz / Boost: 1250MHz / Memory: 6500MHz)
|Benchmark||Ambient Temperature||GPU Max Temperature||Delta Temperature|
* All case fans set to high (via BIOS)
The stock Thermal Performance of the x3 120mm fans in the Corsair Vengeance C70 is very good but not excellent . Obviously with it being possible to fit an additional 7 fans then the possibilities for better cooling are probably there. Although the more HDDs/SSDs you fit into those two drive cages the poorer the air-flow will become as you will surely begin to restrict the intake area of the two 120mm fans attached.
CPU cooling is particularly strong, but this is down to the use of the Corsair H100, more than the Corsair Vengeance C70. But it’s worth noting that these components work well together and it is a pairing that I would highly recommend.
GPU performance is good but not as good as one of the best GPU coolers the Thermaltake Level 10 GT (falling just a degree or two shy!), but then again that case has more fans and costs significantly more.
The acoustic performance of the Corsair Vengeance C70 is good as all of the 120mm fans seemed to remain relatively quite all of the time. Of course having holes in the side of the case doesn’t help and some of the noise obviously leaks out. Overall the case is one of the quieter cases that I’ve come across (but then I am used to nosier high end rigs (and most of the time when gaming I’m wearing a headset anyway!)). The C70 appears to be particularly good acoustically should you wish to fit a 120mm or 240mm radiator in the roof (I fitted a Corsair H100), as I found that the noise from the water cooling assembly appeared to be reduced when compared to my old case a Thermaltake Level 10 GT!? I can only put this down to the use of those roof mounted grommets…
Overall the Corsair Vengeance C70 (Arctic White) has put in a good showing here at pcGameware and I’ve really warmed to it over the last week or so. The case came well packaged and the case’s Military (Ammo box) theme makes for a particulary striking design.
The case is well designed and constructed with only the loose dust filters letting it down, oh and really I would have liked to have seen some additional stand-offs supplied too (I only wanted one!). The case seems particularly sturdy (rugged) and should prove an easy case to live with if you like to travel with it (LAN parties etc). Installation was easy and the case has plenty of room even for long Graphics Cards (especially with one of the HDD cages removed!). Cable management is very good, with well positioned holes (with grommets), good cable depth at the back and a nifty clipping system that proved particularly useful.
The cooling is good and should you be using a 120mm or 240mm radiator for water cooling (like Corsair’s own H100) then the Vengeance C70 will accommodate it with ease and will also keep the noise/vibration down by way of those rubber grommets (extras are also supplied!).
Overall I have enjoyed my time with the Corsair Vengeance C70 it’s a good case and should you like the styling (I do!), it might even be a great case. The only issue is that other cases do offer similar for less money (Corsair’s own 400R), but if you like the design, want to water cool and travel to LANs then this might just be the case for you…