Corsair Vengeance C70 review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/22/2012 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Final words and conclusion
The Vengeance C70 is an interesting product release from Corsair. For 139 bucks you get a serious chassis that is equipped with everything you need. The work space inside is great with easy access to pretty much anything and with 8 expansions slots there is plenty room for multiple graphics cards that are lengthy. Everything can be installed tool free and the new retention 3.5" HDD clips work a lot better than in the previous models.
Quite cool are the 'military' features and looks. The easy to carry around chassis, the hinges for the side-panels and of course that front-panel gives the C70 a unique feel and design, and we like that.
For a military design however the chassis does feel a little cheap. I do not mean that in a disrespectful way, but the metal sheets used for the shell are thin. If you have the side panels in your hands then you can bend them real easy much like the rest of the shell. So while the military design works out well, the metal outer casing used doesn't. It's not a big deal at all, but you'd expect rugged, rigid and sturdy chassis if you purchase something themed like this.
A mid-tower chassis with the all green interior makes the chassis pretty cool. Features wise the C70 is complete in every way. The CPU back plate cutout for easy installation/replacement of CPU-coolers, two USB 3.0 connectors at the front side, plenty of grommet holes for cable routing, then there is a real good amount of room behind the motherboard for extensive cable management and then there are the dual 120mm radiator or fan mounts at the top.
As such C70 is all about small intricate details, good features and the more than obvious design. And that makes the C70 a very interesting chassis. You'll have plenty of airflow as the chassis has meshes everywhere. It would have been nice to see dust protection at the top side mesh though. The frontpanel is complete, though some of you are going to miss Firewire and eSATA. Two USB 3./0 ports are there to make up for that loss though.
It's really the only remark I can think of.
At 139 USD we do feel that the C70 is on the pricey side, however the extra design features and materials used simply make the chassis more expensive to build, and if the military design is your thing -- well yeah then it can make a lot of sense.
The chassis is more expensive due to it's design, the customized frontpanel and that paintjob. Idea -- drop an ASUS TUF Sabertooth motherboard in there with the black and ceramic green design and you'll be able to create something really unique.
We really do like the chassis, thin (though steel) side panels remark aside it is a complete, unique and feature rich design. All tool free and easy to carry around. As such we can definitely recommend it.
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