Best known for its high-performance aftermarket parts, Corsair also has its own line of PCs. The $2,799 Vengeance i7200 is its latest, a mid-tower 4K gaming desktop with a 10-core Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card that breezed through our benchmarks. It's a first-rate build from its top-quality (and mostly Corsair-made) supporting components to its neat interior wiring. Well-priced and backed by a two-year warranty, the Vengeance i7200 is an easy Editors' Choice award pick among ultra-performance gaming desktops.
Some Crafty Aftermarket Vibes
The Vengeance i7200 uses Corsair's 4000D mid-tower case. Plus-sized at 18.3 by 9.1 by 17.8 inches (HWD), it borders on full-tower territory with a cavernous volume of 48.6 liters. Sturdy steel and a tinted tempered glass left panel give it a quality look.
Compared to the a la carte version, this case has been upgraded for the Vengeance i7200's build with six Corsair SP RGB Pro 120mm fans. Three are visible behind the front panel, which pulls off for easy dust cleaning.
Another serves as a rear exhaust, while the remaining two grace the top-mounted 240mm radiator of the Corsair H100i RGB Pro XT liquid CPU cooler. A convenient pull-off dust filter sits on top of the latter.
The fans add significant value to this build, capable of producing impressive, fully user-configurable lighting effects in the Corsair iCUE app. The latter offers plenty of preset patterns until you get the hang of designing your own.
The only thing I can complain about is noticeable fan noise, most of it from the front-panel fans which sit behind an open-air grate. You can turn them down through the motherboard's BIOS or a fan control app.
Plenty of Working Room
Removing the tempered glass panel (secured by two thumbscrews) reveals a spacious and cleanly wired interior. In modern fashion, the power supply—a top-notch Corsair RM750 unit supplying up to 750 watts—is isolated and hidden away in a bottom compartment.
The dark-themed MSI Z490-A Pro motherboard is a practical pick for this build, if not one suited for heavily pushing the overclocking capabilities of the Vengeance i7200's unlocked Core i9-10850K processor. (Corsair doesn't overclock the chip, though the end user can.)
The four 8GB DIMMs of Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200 memory (a total of 32GB running in dual-channel mode) put on quite a show; their lighting is also controllable in the iCUE app. To their left and just below the CPU, one of the board's two M.2 PCI Express slots is populated by a 1TB Corsair MP400 solid-state drive and sensibly covered by a heat spreader. The SSD holds Windows 10 Home with no unwanted bloatware.
Around back, the motherboard offers a reliable selection of five USB Type-A ports (one version 3.2 Gen 2, two version 3.2 Gen 1, and two legacy 2.0), one USB Type-C (version 3.2 Gen 2), 2.5G Ethernet, legacy PS/2, and six audio connectors (microphone-in, line-in, line-out, and surround jacks).
Meanwhile, the front of the tower has USB-A and USB-C ports (both version 3.2 Gen 1), an audio combo jack, and power and reset buttons.
Back inside, the graphics card in my unit is an MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus. A close relation of MSI's GeForce Gaming X Trio card we tested, it requires two eight-pin power connectors. Its massive heatsink and three fans make for quiet, effective cooling. It offers one HDMI and three DisplayPort video outputs.
The antenna tips just visible in the photo above belong to the Intel AX200 add-in card that supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Antennas that integrate into the case would have been better, though these are relatively nonobtrusive.
Where are all the cables? They're mostly on the other side of the tower, where Corsair made skillful use of the case's cable management features.
The fully modular nature of the power supply helps keep cables to a minimum. (The extra cables are included in the box.) Another dust filter sits under the PSU for good measure.
The Vengeance i7200's traditional storage bays are also accessible from the right side. A two-bay 3.5-inch rack in front of the power supply holds one 2TB hard drive; two (empty) 2.5-inch caddies lie flat behind the motherboard tray for further expansion. Though the total number of bays is unimpressive for a tower this size, today's ultra-capacity drives (up to 18TB in a 3.5-inch drive) have lessened the need for more.
Priced Right for a Premium Build
To recap, the $2,799 Vengeance i7200 (available on Corsair's website) includes a 10-core, 20-thread Intel Core i9-10850K processor, a 10GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB of DDR4 memory, a 1TB solid-state drive, a 2TB hard drive, and a two-year warranty.
That is a fair price for such a loadout. As I wrote this review, the Alienware Aurora R11 went for $2,939 similarly equipped with a Core i9-10900KF, though with just a one-year warranty. From boutique vendors, I configured a Maingear Vybe for $3,122 (also with a Core i9-10900KF) and a Digital Storm Lynx for $3,181.
The Core i9-10850K processor deserves a short paragraph. It has the same core and thread count as the flagship Core i9-10900K with slightly lower clocks—a 3.6GHz base and 5.2GHz turbo clock versus 3.7GHz and 5.3GHz respectively. The 100MHz difference is almost trivial, but the chip goes for $65 to $75 less at retail as I type this, and that's not trivial. Based on the Vengeance i7200's competitive price, some of those savings might have been passed along.
Now for our performance testing. I benchmarked the Vengeance i7200 against four other gaming desktops whose basic specs appear below.
This group has some of the fastest hardware available today. The iBuyPower Creator RDY-IWRG205 and the Alienware Aurora R11 stand out with their 24GB GeForce RTX 3090s. Corsair's own One a100 should lead the processor-focused tasks with its monster 16-core, 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 3950X. The last unit is the small-form-factor MSI MEG Trident X, which combines a peppy eight-core, 16-thread Core i7-10700K with a last-generation (but still very powerful) 11GB GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.
Storage, Media, and CPU Tests
We would normally start with UL's PCMark 10, a holistic performance suite that simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows, but I couldn't get it to run on the Vengeance i7200—a glitch that sometimes happens with PCs that use seldom-seen hardware. That said, the Corsair did complete our PCMark 8 storage subtest with a competitive score of 5,054 points, right where we expect a fast SSD to be and within 50 points of the others.
Next up is a pair of CPU-crunching tests: Cinebench R15 stresses all available processor cores and threads while rendering a complex image, while in our timed Handbrake test we transcode a 12-minute 4K video down to 1080p.
The Vengeance i7200 did well in both tests, even besting the higher-clocked Alienware in Cinebench. Predictably, the AMD-based iBuyPower and Corsair One a100 proved dominant with their higher core counts.
The last test in this section is our photo editing test. We use an early 2018 release of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud to apply 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG image, timing each operation and adding up the totals. This test is not as CPU-focused as Cinebench or Handbrake, bringing the performance of the storage subsystem, memory, and GPU into play.
The Vengeance performed strongly here once again, with its Core i9's high clock speed helping it outpace the AMD systems.
Our first two benchmarks in this section use gaming simulations to measure a PC's graphics potential. One is UL's 3DMark, in which we run the relatively lightweight, integrated-graphics-friendly Sky Diver and more demanding Fire Strike subtests (both DirectX 11-based). The other is Unigine Corp.'s Superposition, which uses a different rendering engine to produce a complex 3D scene.
The Vengeance i7200 and its GeForce RTX 3080 made outstanding showings in both tests. We have only started seeing 30,000-point-plus showings in 3DMark Fire Strike since the GeForce RTX 3080 debuted. The GeForce RTX 3090 isn't much faster from the perspectives of these benchmarks.
Next, we put gaming rigs to the test by running real games at various resolutions. We use the Ultra image quality preset in Far Cry 5 under DirectX 11 and Very High preset in Rise of the Tomb Raider under DirectX 12.
Close to or over 100 frames per second at 4K/UHD resolution is the shocking new reality with the GeForce RTX 3080. The Vengeance i7200 again went toe to toe with the RTX 3090 systems. There is no question that it can play any of today's AAA-level games without trouble. In fact, I'd argue that any RTX 3080 system is worthwhile only if you intend to play at 4K.
A 4K Gaming Desktop Built Right
It is hardly surprising that Corsair can put together great PCs from its component line, rich as it is in top-notch chassis, cooling systems, fans, SSDs, and memory modules. The Vengeance i7200 is just like a desktop that you might build on your own, in that regard, but it comes with a full two-year warranty and is expertly assembled and ready to use out of the box.
This PC's balanced configuration is also commendable. Corsair did not go overboard with its components, sticking to sensible choices that deliver 4K-ready gaming performance without being too extravagant. All told, if your budget stretches this high, the Vengeance i7200 is well-rounded, reasonably priced, and a deserving recipient of our Editors' Choice laurels for a top-end mid-tower gaming rig.
Corsair Vengeance i7200
The Bottom Line
Corsair's Vengeance i7200 is an upscale, yet still reasonably priced, power desktop that shines at 4K gaming, thanks to the twin bazookas it's packing: a Core i9, and an RTX 3080.
Corsair Vengeance i7200 Specs
|Processor||Intel Core i9-10850K|
|Processor Speed||3.6 GHz|
|RAM (as Tested)||32 GB|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)||1 TB|
|Secondary Drive Type||Hard Drive|
|Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested)||2 TB|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
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