Corsair Vengeance C70 ReviewWaco - July 1, 2012
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Pulling the side panels off reveal a fully-painted interior with the same army-green paint that's slathered all over the exterior. The paint has a bit of a texture to it and it feels extremely tough; you won't be nicking the paint with dropped screwdrivers very easily. The motherboard tray has a good-sized cutout for rear-mounting heatsink brackets without removing the motherboard and the cable management openings are, in a word, massive. You could easily fit all of the cables into the rear side of the motherboard tray through the opening near the power supply even with a massive non-modular PC Power & Cooling PSU. The backside of the tray has the chassis wiring already pre-routed through a few management clips… more on those in a second.
Here you can see the cable management clips holding down the pre-routed cables. These clips are very sturdy when clipped and have more than enough clearance under them to route even the largest of cables (like the 24-pin ATX connector) without crushing them. There are also more than a few notches cut into the back panel to allow the zip-tying of cables to the panel to keep things tidy should you decide not to route all of your cables through the included management clips. There is ample room behind the back panel to hide wiring especially since the rear panel has a bumped out center to accommodate extra cabling.
The 5.25" drive bays are an interesting all-metal tool less design. They are extremely simple spring-loaded metal tabs that lock your drives into place. They really tie into the military styling on the outside of the case and feel extremely sturdy as well. The six 3.5" HDD/SSD trays have a pair of 120 mm fans set up to pull air through them (rather than pushing through the cages like most cases). This design usually tends to be a bit quieter since it moves the fans further into the interior of the case. The trays themselves feel slightly flimsy but when an HDD is mounted to them they feel sturdy enough. The flexibility makes it quite easy to mount the HDDs as well.
Swinging around to the rear panel of the case we can see the 120 mm exhaust fan as well as the ample venting all over the rear panel and PCI/PCIe expansion slots. The top of the case does not have any pre-mounted cooling fans but there are mounting points for a pair of either 120 mm or 140 mm fans.
Finally I get to show you the side panel clips! If you've ever opened an ammunition case you'll recognize these instantly. They operate exactly like your box of bullets – just swing the bottom portion up to unlock. After unlocking, just swing the top arms away from the top of the case. That's it! No thumb screws, no clips that tend to jam up, just pure industrial simplicity. I absolutely love these clips – just watch your fingers when clamping them down. They do snap on to the case with a very loud and authoritative snap. It's obvious that this case means business.
The front panel continues the military theme with the power button and HDD indicator light. The reset switch is covered up by a spring-loaded safety flip… you won't accidentally bump it, ever. Thankfully I had my fiancée (and fellow reviewer) around to assist with holding the spring loaded reset cover up. She also assisted with the spring-loaded carrying handles. The springs aren't terribly strong, which makes them easy to grab. They feel extremely sturdy and I wouldn't worry about lugging the case around full of even the heaviest hardware.
Corsair included the usual accoutrements (yay military terms) with the Vengeance C70: zip ties, fan screws (with grommets), and a USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter just in case your motherboard doesn't have a USB 3.0 header onboard. The manual is printed quite nicely and goes over how to install hardware and fans into the case. Granted, most people putting together a rig can probably do without the manual, but it's nice to have just in case something does get confusing.
Filling the Vengeance C70 with hardware was as simple as it can be. There's plenty of room to work with and the cable routing options are phenomenal. I was literally able to push all of the cables from the PSU through the grommet at the same time. Most cases require you to push a single cable through at a time to avoid pulling the grommet through the hole along with your cables. These grommets are so large that it'll never be an issue. It's a nice touch that I'm surprised more cases haven't picked up on. It wasn't an issue with my XFX 7970, but if you do happen to have a ludicrously long video card, both HDD bays are removable in groups of three. I can't think of a single card long enough to require that, but if you desired, you could run the case with no HDD bays at all (there's enough room for a 240 mm radiator up front if you remove them). You can see an HDD mounted in one of the upper HDD bays in this picture – I included it for reference only – it was not used during testing.
The theme of function over form continues when powering the machine up. The fans do not waste power by lighting up (and they are extremely quiet too). The front panel is lit purely by a white LED under the power switch along with the muted white LED for HDD/SSD activity. Overall the case is impressive so far! Hopefully the looks will be backed up by its performance.