Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC review

Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

With the introduction of its Corsair One system, Corsair surprised us not too long ago. Today, the company aims to become a PC builder like Origin and Digital Storm. Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC, its newest battle-ready frag box.

Vengeance Gaming PC is a larger Micro ATX system that uses standard components, while Corsair One uses a custom design and liquid cooling to be as compact as possible.

There is not a single no-name PC component here, but a combination of Corsair parts (not surprisingly) and the latest computing hardware that makes for one of the most powerful and easiest to upgrade pre-built gaming PCs we’ve reviewed to date.

SPEC SHEET

Here is the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC configuration sent to us for review:

CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-8700 (Hexa-core, 12MB cache, up to 4.6GHz)

Motherboard: MSI B360M Bazooka Plus

Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-2666

Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM)

Storage: 480GB Corsair Force MP300 M.2 NVMe SSD; 2TB hard drive (7200RPM)

CPU cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H115i PRO RGB

Power supply: Corsair CX750 750W 80 PLUS Bronze

Connectivity: 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi (incl. Netgear Wi-Fi Adapter), Gigabit Ethernet

Ports (front): 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, Microphone Jack, Headphone Jack

Ports (rear): PS/2, 4x USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, Ethernet, 7.1 Surround Sound, 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x VirtualLink

Software: Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Dimensions: 15.7 x 10.9 x 13.8 inches (39.8 x 27.6 x 35.1cm; W x D x H)

Design

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The Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC is built around a Corsair case: the Crystal Series 280X RGB. One of the best Micro ATX cases of the year, as it is beautiful, compact, and incredibly versatile. It can support an ATX power supply, graphics cards of all lengths, two hard drives, and three SSDs despite its compact size.

Additionally, this PC case has plenty of eye candy to gawk at. Having three sides of tempered glass makes it easy to see its four RGB fans, RGB memory, and RGB CPU cooler – all made by Corsair – shining in all their glory.

Vengeance Gaming PC looks and feels years ahead of the usual pre-built chassis we see from major manufacturers and boutique PC builders. Corsair has been designing PC cases for nearly a decade now, so this shouldn’t be a surprise – but it still feels like Corsair is almost cheating at this point.

Upgradability

It’s not just pretty to look at – the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC is also easy to upgrade. Almost every part of this PC is anchored down by thumb screws, apart from the motherboard. All those hard drives and SSD slots we mentioned earlier use tool-less drive sleds as well.

Additionally, thanks to the dual chamber design of the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC, cable management is a breeze. There is no need to worry about cables spilling into the main section of the chassis when you tuck them into the side compartment. For those who are more of a perfectionist or want to try their hands at cable management for the first time, you couldn’t ask for a computer chassis with more tie-downs.

BENCHMARKS

Here’s how the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark: Sky Diver: 47,213; Fire Strike: 21,097; Time Spy: 10,021

Cinebench CPU: 1,348 points; Graphics: 127 fps

GeekBench: 5,446 (single-core); 24,522 (multi-core)

PCMark 8 (Home Test): 4,399 points

Total War: Warhammer II (1080p, Ultra): 79 fps; (1080p, Low): 180 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p, Ultra): 117 fps; (1080p, Low): 140 fps

Performance

With a now generation-old processor, the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC still holds its own against machines that use Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors.

The slightly cheaper MSI Trident X, equipped with an Intel Core i7-9700K and Nvidia RTX 2080, runs without a doubt faster. GeekBench and Cinebench, which measure processor-specific performance, show slightly higher scores of 27,594 and 1,470 points, respectively, for this gaming desktop.

Despite the new 9th Generation processors, Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards are able to squeeze out a little more performance with the Vengeance Gaming PC. Using 1080p Ultra settings at 82 fps, the MSI Trident X was able to achieve a PC Mark score of 5,566 points.

With an Intel Core i9-9900K and Nvidia RTX 2080, the Asus ROG Strix GL12CX outperforms the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC even further. As we tested, this Asus rig delivered Cinebench scores almost 700 points higher in Cinebench and nearly 10,000 points higher in GeekBench multi-core. Gaming-wise, the ROG Strix GL12CX doesn’t achieve such an impressive lead, only gaining a few more frames over the Vengeance Gaming PC.

Corsair’s new mean machine is ready to handle all modern games aside from benchmarks. This PC can play Hitman 2, Darksiders 3, and Battlefield V at a relatively steady 60 fps in 4K and Ultra quality settings.

Pros Cons
Included peripherals Wi-Fi requires included USB adapter
Reasonably priced Non-unlocked Intel 8th gen CPU
Easy, tool-less upgrade
4K gaming at its best

Final verdict

One of the best pre-built rigs we’ve reviewed this year was the Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC. The beauty of it is unmatched, the build quality is impeccable, and it comes at a great price for what it has to offer. Although its processor is a little older, it still keeps up with the latest gaming PCs. The Vengeance Gaming PC runs the latest titles in 4K and with the highest visual quality at silky-smooth frame rates.

Even though the Corsair machine has a great price, the MSI Trident X offers a more powerful Intel Core i7-9700K gaming desktop for an even better value proposition. The price advantage of MSI’s gaming rig disappears when you factor in the peripherals. Nevertheless, it’s the machine to get for the best performance, at least for now.

There is no doubt that Corsair will upgrade its gaming PC with the latest Intel 9th Generation processors that will help it eliminate its performance gap. It is one of the best pre-built PCs we have reviewed, and it is infinitely more upgradable than any other we have previously tested.