Players usually take great pride in building their own rigs, but it's generally not enough to get top-notch performance without having the look to match. For those who delve deep into the enthusiastic side of things, part of the fun of assembling a new machine is coordinating the components so that everything is easy on the eye. It's easy to get into the aesthetics of a new system, and not just with external parts.
Motherboards, for example, have gone from generic green panels to works of art. Interestingly enough, it seems to be increasingly common to find aggressive military designs with high-end motherboards. Some examples are the Sabertooth series from Asus and Gigabytes G1.Sniper2. Despite the proliferation of military-themed motherboards, enthusiasts didn't have many stock options for matching cases.
In the hope of filling this gap, Corsair and Thermaltake recently released two new chassis. The former updated its Vengeance gaming range earlier this year with the C70 case series, which is available in three colors: Arctic White, Gunmetal Black and Military Green.
At around the same time, the latter started the "Battle Edition" of Level 10 GT with the same olive paintwork that Corsair offered for the Vengeance C70.
Although this will be our first hands-on work with the Vengeance C70, we've spent a lot of time with the Level 10 and its smaller sibling, the Level 10 GT. We don't care much about the GT – partly because it feels like a cheap model of its oldest, and partly because we think it's ugly – but we admire some of its core concepts and features, like the pre-installed cables and hot-swap capable hard drive bays.
Granted, we recognize our opinions for what it is, and the Level 10 GT's garish looks have earned it a place in the hearts of many enthusiasts. So we think it's worth checking out the latest version.
In the meantime, those of you looking for something a little tamer, but still military, will be drawn to the C70, which we find more aesthetically and financially attractive, as it costs about half the price of what Thermaltake has to offer.