Introducing the Corsair Vengeance C70

Corsair has had an excellent run as a case designer, showing growth with each new enclosure by adding some features, subtracting other ones, moving things around, and generally continuing to experiment. The Obsidian and Carbide lines in particular have shown healthy progress, but today Corsair launches a fourth line under their popular Vengeance gaming brand: the Vengeance C70.

While the exteriors of the Obsidian and to a lesser extent Carbide cases have all been fairly austere, the Vengeance C70's target is pretty clear: they're going after gamers. Thus far, products in the Vengeance market have generally been of high quality and haven't been particularly ostentatious, but the C70's external design is an unusual step for Corsair. Is the C70 as a whole part of Corsair's continued evolution as a case designer, or is this their first major misstep along the way?

For the first time since I've started reviewing Corsair's cases, I'll admit I experienced trepidation when I saw the press materials for the C70. Military green? Handles on the top? Industrial-style power and reset buttons? This wasn't the Corsair I knew, the company whose most ostentatious design so far was the Carbide 500R (or, arguably, the well-received Graphite 600T). Sure, the C70 is available in white and gunmetal gray (a personal favorite) as well, and the interior is vintage Corsair, but it still feels to me like an odd bird in their lineup. Before we get to the detailed analysis, we'll start with the regular specs table:

Corsair Vengeance C70 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, ATX
Drive Bays External 3x 5.25”
Internal 6x 3.5"/2.5"
Cooling Front 2x 120mm intake fans behind drive cages; 2x 120mm fan mounts
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan
Top 2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Side 2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Bottom 2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Expansion Slots 8
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size Standard ATX
Clearances HSF 170 mm
PSU 180 mm
GPU 12.5" / 320mm
Weight ???
Dimensions 19.72" x 9.13" x 20.98"
501mm x 232mm x 533mm
Special Features USB 3.0 connectivity via internal header
Toolless side panels
Support for up to 11 fans
Carrying handles
Removable drive cages
"Military Green" finish; also comes in "Gunmetal Black" and "Arctic White"
Price MSRP $139

On paper and without seeing the case, there's not a whole lot that stands out with the C70. The one area that looks unusual is the sheer number of fan mounts available. While testing the Vengeance C70, the enclosure that remained fresh in my mind was the Corsair Obsidian 550D, their case engineered for silence. In terms of expansion and cooling potential, the 550D isn't actually all that different from the C70; with the C70 you lose a 5.25" external bay but gain three fan mounts, which would be more impressive if the flexible 550D wasn't already capable of supporting eight. That owes to Corsair's positioning the C70 as a potential go-to for watercooling, with two different places to mount 240mm radiators. Indeed, all of their review materials present the C70 with Corsair's own H100 closed loop liquid cooler installed. We didn't have a watercooling kit for review, unfortunately, so we're looking at the C70 primarily as a typical desktop chassis.

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  • alexloa - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - link

    Hi, I got the C70 just 2 weeks ago, the design (outlook) is so cool, would like to have advise how to install my fans, details as follows:

    VGA card--------MSI 6850 OC
    CPU Cooler ---cossair H60
    Fans-------------2 pcs SERVO Gentle Typhoon ( for H60)
    2 pcs GELID Silent 12
    4 pcs cossair stock fans
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  • jsinner - Monday, February 25, 2013 - link

    your missing the x2 120mm fans for the "Front", look behind the front chassis access panel Reply
  • Lowri77 - Saturday, January 25, 2014 - link

    I really love the styling of this case, and as someone suggested the best way to ensure the smoothest air flow would be to take out both bottom cages and put the twin fans on the front and to have a solid perspex side made to replace the fan mounted one. Personally for me this will be my second build of a computer and this is defo the case I will be going for, love the unique design (I find most of the cases, black and boring. At least this one wants to be noticed.)
    For my new build I am going with -

    5 x Noctura F12 fans
    Only the H100 (not the i) water cooling
    Gigabyte FXA990 UD3 Mobo
    8320 Cpu
    R9 270 Gpu
    8 Gb of Ram
    Be Quiet 630 Psu
    Keeping my SSD (OCZ Vertex and 1Tb backup HDD)

    And at the moment I am so excited, might not be the world's most amazing computer but for me it will be awesome.
    :)
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  • Metrologist - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    You state that, "...the thermal and acoustic results recorded..." and "Ambient temperature is also measured...".

    The differences between your recorded temperature results and those done by Corsair are almost certainly because of the temperature instruments (and probes) used to perform the recorded results. What is your temperature instrument used to record these readings? Is it calibrated by an accredited laboratory? Or, are you even using an external instrument to record the temperatures or are you relying upon different motherboard readings? It doesn't take much to alter temperature readings especially when you are only looking at 1 or 2 degrees C differences.

    Your test setup should include how you determined the actual temperature readings.

    The temperature references in this article mean nothing until the temperature method can be explained.

    Additionally, is your "acoustic" instrument calibrated? I'll go out on a limb here and say it isn't!

    Prove me wrong!

    -The Metrologist
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