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Corsair Vengeance C70 review: Corsair Vengeance C70

We're quite sure that the Vengeance C70 will be home to some great mods — considering the price, though, we'd have hoped for some more fit and finish.

Craig Simms Special to CNET News
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The Vengeance C70 is a mid-tower case that comes in "Arctic White", "Gunmetal Black" or Military Green". It's more on the budget end of Corsair's range and heavily resembles an ammo box from World War II, a look that's enhanced if you get the Military Green version. Our advice? If you're going to buy this case, get the Military Green version.


Corsair Vengeance C70

The Good

Plenty of room for water cooling. Great theming. Carry handles. A panic-button styled reset button.

The Bad

Bottom filters tend to fall out if it's lifted. Water cooling holes need to be drilled through yourself. No rubber mounting for PSU.

The Bottom Line

We're quite sure the Vengeance C70 will be home to some great mods — considering the price though, we'd have hoped for some more fit and finish.

Continuing the theme, the sides are held on by clasps and the top has two carry handles — making this a decent LAN case.

This case is much easier than most to haul about, thanks to the handles at the top.
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Flip it around to the front and you'll find a stylised red power button, two USB 3.0 ports (Corsair includes a USB 2.0 converter), headphone and microphone jacks, and something that will no doubt set any geek's heart aflutter — a reset button with a military-style safety cover.

The safety switch is rather cool.
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The Vengeance C70 definitely feels cheaper than Corsair's Obsidian line, punctuated by the fact that every time we picked it up, the two dust filters at the bottom of the case slid out and fell onto the floor, with nothing restraining their movement.

They rarely stay in place when moving the case.
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This feeling of cheapness was reinforced by the two water cooling holes on the back — or rather, lack thereof. While Corsair has provided a template, you'll have to drill out the steel yourself and provide your own rubber grommets.

You'll have to drill out the water cooling holes yourself if you want to mount a radiator externally.
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The business side of the case has a window, on which either two 120mm or 140mm fans can be mounted.
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The interior of the white version is likely to be polarising, as the motherboard tray, rear panel and drive bays are black, which to our minds, doesn't quite work.

Still, inside, you'll find eight expansion slots, a decent amount of cable management holes and space to mount two 120mm or 140mm fans at the top.

You can remove the 3.5-inch drive bays for room to install a radiator if you like.
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There's space for another 120/140mm fan at the bottom, and a second can be added if you remove the 3.5-inch drive bay stack first. Corsair itself provides three 120mm case fans: one extraction fan at the rear and two to cool the removable 3.5-inch drive bays, interestingly positioned at the back of the drive bays, rather than the front. If you remove the front panel, you can add another two 120mm fans to the front, creating a push-pull system (there's a removable dust filter built into the front panel to protect these).

The rear of the interior.
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Above the 3.5-inch drive bays are four 5.25-inch drive bays, with very basic quick-remove steel clasps. We actually like these — unlike more elaborate systems, all you have to do here is bend the steel back, put your device into place, then let go.

One luxury that didn't make it across from premium cases are rubberised PSU mounts, potentially opening the door for scratches. Still, the feet are rubberised, which will protect any hard surfaces you may put the case on.

The motherboard tray comes with standoffs that are not just pre-installed, but most are non-removable. Only the bottom row can be taken out in case you choose to mount a micro-ATX or mini-ITX board. The board-mount area is indented too, so that when you flip the case around, you'll find definite channels your cables need to follow in order to stay neat. Corsair's supplied some plastic clips to help keep things in place, which is a welcome addition.

Cable management requires you to follow a certain path.
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We're quite sure the Vengeance C70 will be home to some great mods, and will likely attract components of the likes of Asus' Sabertooth Z77 to fit the theme. For the price, though, we'd have expected better fit and finish — especially considering that the Obsidian 550D is not much more expensive.