Call us suckers for military theming, but Corsair’s Vengeance C70 is a beautiful steel case that’s every bit as functional as it is fun to look at. The system sports a hefty arsenal: no fewer than six screwless hard drive trays and three screwless 5.25-inch bays in addition to one 12cm fan in the case’s rear and two directly to the left of the system’s hard drive bays. You can add two additional 12cm fans to the system’s front and two on top— arranged perfectly for a 240mm water-cooling radiator, if that’s your calling.
The first thing you’ll notice about the C70 is its handles. Specifically, the two carrying handles at the top of the case that make the chassis a breeze to move around. Two military-style latches secure each of the side panels in place—a feature that’s as creative as it is useful, as you no longer have to bother with screwdrivers or thumbscrews just to get to your system’s guts. The C70’s front panel sports two USB 3.0 ports on an internal header and a fun flip-up switch for the reset button that makes you feel as if you’re about to “fire zee missiles.”
This system is military-grade: Minus a few small bumps and bruises here and there.
The C70 only supports ATX or microATX motherboards, as the standoffs for either come built directly into the chassis. A hole in the motherboard tray simplifies the process of adjusting (or installing) aftermarket CPU coolers, and four cable-management cutouts (three rubberized, one normal) along with a few snap-locking mechanisms on the rear of the motherboard tray, help keep your system’s insides from looking like Medusa.
Tight PCI thumbscrews and fan filters that kept falling out of the case’s bottom were two of our bigger frustrations with this otherwise svelte chassis. Like the military machine, this no-nonsense chassis gets the job done and then some.
Corsair Vengeance C70
Lots of bays; great military theming (latches and handles!); built-in standoffs.
PCI thumbscrews a pain; fan filters kept falling from case’s bottom; two USB ports on front.
Antec Eleven Hundred
Corsair Vengeance C70
Corsair Obsidian 550D
NZXT Phantom 410
Thermaltake Level 10 GTS
All temperatures measured in degrees Celsius. All systems tested with a stock-clocked AMD Phenom II X6 1055T on an Asus Sabertooth 990FX mobo with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler, a GTX 480 GPU, 4GB DDR3/1600, and an 800W PSU in a room with an ambient temperature of 22 C.