Corsair Vengeance C70 Military Green
Corsair’s first step into cases was the Obsidian series 800D, it was a full tower aimed at enthusiast. Next to be released was the Graphite series cases that consisted of Midtower cases with a little sleeker style than the Obsidian series cases. Then Corsair released the Carbide series that was a balance of styles of both the Obsidian and Graphite series.
Now Corsair has introduced the Vengeance Gaming line of products that includes cases, mice, keyboards, and headsets. We have already looked at the Vengeance 1300 Headset and the Vengeance K90 keyboard and M90 mouse. Today we have the Vengeance C70 case. The Vengeance C70 was designed with gamers on the go in mind. The entire case, including the front bezel and bay covers, are made of steel. The C70 case series is available in three colors:
- Arctic White CC-9011019-WW
- Gunmetal Black CC-9011016-WW
- Military Green CC-9011018-WW
The Vengeance C70 features a high air-flow design. It comes with three 120mm fans, but has room for up to 9. There is also space at the top for a 240mm radiator to accommodate coolers like Corsairs H100. There are six 2.5/3.5” hard drive bays and 8 expansion slots. The one of the drive cages can be removed to make room for a second 240mm radiator in the bottom of the case.
The style of the Vengeance C70 is military inspired. The latches for the side panel look like those used on ammo cans. For helping the traveling gamer the Vengeance C70 comes with two carry handles on the top of the case. These have springs to hold the handle to the case so they don’t flop about in transport or rattle when the system is being used. Front panel switches even have military feel to them. The reset switch has a flip-up cover you have to raise to access it.
Before we get to much farther let’s take a look at the specifications for the Vengeance C70. Today we have the Military Green version.
Specifications for the Vengeance C70
- SKU: CC-9011018-WW
- Warranty: Two years
- Form Factor: Mid-tower
- Material: Steel
- Dimension (HxWxD): 501 x 232 x 533mm (19.7 x 9.1 x 20.9 inches)
- MB Support: ATX, mATX
- Expansion Slots: 8
- Drive Bays:
- External: (3x) 5.25” bays
- Internal: (6x) 3.5”/2.5” hard drive bays
- Rear: 120mm
- Front: (2x) 120mm
- Right Side: (2x) 120mm (not included)
- Top: (2x) 120mm (not included)
- Bottom: (2x) 120mm (not included)
Unboxing the Vengeance C70
Looking at the front of the box there is a drawing of the case with small description in many languages.
Left side of the box is an internal view and front view of the case with a specifications listing in several languages.
Right side of the box is an internal view and front view of the case with a specifications listing in several more languages.
Back of the box has an exploded view showing all the parts of the case.
Out of the box the Vengeance C70 is wrapped in plastic and cradled in Styrofoam endcaps. The side window has a protective film on it as well.
External Impressions of the Vengeance C70
With the Vengeance C70 out of the box we can get a good look at it. The version we have is the Military Green. The whole case is painted inside and out. For the case parts outside of the front I/O if it is not painted olive drab its black. After seeing nothing but black and white cases for so long, the green is a nice change of pace.
At the very top of the front panel is the front I/O. From left to right; Power, drive activity LED, audio ports, USB3 ports, and the reset button. To hit the reset button you have to lift a cover plate to hit it.
Top of the case has space for two fans. There are also two carry handles.
The handles are held down with not in use with spring pressure. This will keep them from rattling with the system in use or flopping about when the system is being transported.
The side panel features a smoked window. The window has space for mounting two 120mm fans.
To access the inside you have to undo the side panel latches. These remind me of ammo can latches.
Moving around to the back there are two water cooling holes, but to use them you have to knock out the hole cover. There are 8 expansion slots. Each of the slot covers are vented. There is also an area above the reat I/O and the expansion slot that is vented as well.
Looking at the right side of the case it is pretty bland, but this military green version is begging for a 1930-40’s era military pin-up to be painted on it.
Laying the Vengeance C70 on its side we see that it has two lower dust filters.
With them removed we can see that pretty much the entire bottom of the case is vented.
Looking inside the Vengeance C70
Opening up the Vengeance C70 there is lots of room. There are grommets in the wire routing holes in the motherboard tray, and the accessories box is tucked away in one of the 3.5 drive bays.
Both the 5.25 bays and 3.5” bays are tool-less. The 5.25” bay locking tabs are also made of steel. The 2.5/3.5” hard drive bays are separated into two groups of 3. The lower drive cage can be removed to allow for a 240mm radiator to be installed in the bottom of the case.
Both cages can be removed and fans installed on the front of the case to lighten the overall system weight if the user is not using them or would like to make room for water cooling parts.
The cages come with a 120mm fan attached to the inside face.
The trays are tool-less for 3.5” drives, if you use 2.5” drives they attach with provided screws.
In the rear of the case is the 3rd included 120mm fan. All the expansion slots have black thumb screws.
Moving around to the right side we can see behind the motherboard tray. The tray has a very large CPU cutout to allow for access to the backside of the CPU socket.
There is also plastic hold down straps for the cable management. There are also the standard loops for holding cables down wire ties. The straps simply snap into the motherboard tray. On the right side is also a thumbscrew for each hard drive cage.
What the frame looks like behind the front bezel.
The front bezel including the 5.25” bay covers are made of steel. There is a dust filter.
The dust filter is held in place with tabs on the front bezel. They also line up with the tabs that hold the front bezel to the case frame.
Installing parts into the Vengeance C70
The accessories for the Vengeance C70 seem a little light but its all that is needed. The motherboard stand-offs are already installed for you, so Corsair provides screws for the motherboard and 5.25” devices, fan mounting hardware, and motherboard mounting screws. To aid in wire management Corsair includes a few wire ties. For those that have not upgraded their system to a motherboard with an internal USB3 header Corsair included a USB3 to USB2 internal header adaptor cable.
Installing the system was super easy and went rather quick. The 5.25” drive bay was a little on the snug side, but the drive is held in place very well.
Wiring up the case was nice as well. There was plenty of room for running the wires I needed. The main 24pin cable was a little thick for the plastic hold downs. If this system was going to stay in this case I would have wire tied the cable to one of the standard tie down loops. Putting the side panel back on was easy as well. With the large backspace and the bulge in the side panel I didn’t have to put any pressure on the panel to get it to close.
Final Thoughts on the Vengeance C70
The Vengeance C70 is a solidly built midtower. Corsair going with the all steel construction the Vengeance C70 has some weight to it but should hold up to the roughest of users and the traveling gamer. The carry handles being incorporated into the design not only works with the styling, it does help in moving the case around.
I have been trying not to call the Vengeance C70 a “theme” case. There are several styling cues with the switches and handles that could make someone lean that way, but it is not over the top. Now, someone skilled with an air brush and little free time, the Vengeance C70 is a nice little starting point for nice custom case. I’m thinking of 1940’s era military plane nose art. Even the not so skilled painter with a couple rattle cans and few minutes could have a camouflage paint job on this case that looks great in no time flat.
The cooling arrangement in the Vengeance C70 allows for growth. The Vengeance C70 comes with three 120mm fans expandable to nine. Has room for the largest of air coolers, the Prolimatech Super Mega looks small in the C70. The user also has the ability to step up to water cooling either with a sealed kit like the Corsair H100 or custom loop like the Swiftech H2O-220 Edge HD. That can be expanded as well to include a second 240mm in the bottom of the case.
Corsair has the Vengeance C70 listed on their site for $139.99, with a little searching on line I was able to find the Vengeance C70 listed on sites but none had it in stock. The price may seem a little high for a mid-tower, but the build quality, feature set, and the ability to be upgraded from basic air cooling to water cooling with no mods. So the Vengeance C70 can grow with the user. With it being available in 3 colors there should be a version to suit any build.
Legit Bottom Line: The Vengeance C70 is a very nice case with all steel construction that looks to be able to take a beating from being hauled around.