Corsair entered into the world of gaming PC last year with Corsair One, and now it has launched its second masterpiece Corsair Vengeance 5180. They have designed this gaming laptop using strong components to provide outstanding performance and make the device competitive in the next generation gaming market. Not only Corsair has worked to make Corsair Vengeance 5180 capable in terms of performance, but they have also paid attention to its design.
As we all know that gaming is more than a time pass these days and the machines required to run current generation games requires powerful hardware, let us discuss each and every aspect of Corsair Vengeance 5180 to determine whether it is worth to spend on this machine or not. Before moving ahead, we want you to have a look at its pros and cons.
- Delivers strong overall performance
- Can be upgraded easily
- Awesome RGB lighting
- Decent included peripherals
- It is a bit pricey
- Design is bulky
- Does not come equipped with 9th Gen CPU
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Corsair Vengeance 5180 is a beautiful Micro-ATX machine that is coupled with strong components and excellent RGB lighting. It is capable of providing strong gaming performance. Though the machine is easily upgradable, it comes equipped with a last-gen processor that isn’t as powerful as one would like.
If you are looking forward to buying Corsair Vengeance 5180 gaming PC, then it can turn out to be a wise decision. However, before you spend your hard-earned money, you need to know about its specifications and other features. Without wasting much time, let’s have a look at Corsair Vengeance 5180 review.
Corsair Vengeance 5180 Review
The first and the most attractive thing that will let you put your hands on the Corsair Vengeance 5180 will be its pulsating array of colored lighting, which you can customize as per your wish using the Corsair iCue Software. The machine has been designed using a beautiful tempered glass which has the brand name and model embedded in a futuristic font. Corsair has used screws to lift the tempered glass to provide proper airflow and ventilation. Besides this, the placement of the glass gives a premium finish to the machine.
Talking about the dimensions of the tower, Vengeance is shorter than the average tower with 15.7 x 10.9 x 13.8 inches as its actual dimensions. Though tower is small in height, it occupies a good horizontal space on your gaming desk.
To make the machine more attractive, Corsair Vengeance 5180 features a dual-chamber design. As the first chamber holds the CPU, GPU, motherboard, etc. the second chamber quietly takes care of the drives, PSU, and cable management system. Corsair has focused upon the dual-chamber design to make sure that users might not have to deal with largely visible cables each time they add new components to their machine. Besides this, the dual-chamber design also keeps the Vengeance 5180 appealing and attractive.
Talking about the connectivity options, the Corsair Vengeance 5180 come equipped with two USB 3.1 ports and headphone, mic jacks for your plug-and-play needs. You will find a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, four USB 2.0 ports at its motherboard. It features Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU which has three DisplayPorts and an HDMI port for additional connectivity features including your monitor needs. It also has an Ethernet jack, a PS/2 port and several audio ports for 7.1 surround sound.
Users can quickly get inside the Corsair’s desktop as the side-facing tempered glass of Corsair Vengeance 5180 is attached to the chassis using four hand screws which can easily be unscrewed at the time of upgrading components without the need of any tools. You can also use the removable glass panel up top to clean the vent above the system’s fans.
Corsair Vengeance 5180 comes equipped with RTX 2080, which is the Nvidia’s second mightiest 20-series GPU. The GPU in the machine is powered by a Core i7-8700 processor on a B360 board that is capable of providing enough power to keep up the pace with the RTX 2080. The only drawback that can be seen regarding the components in the machine will be a non-K model CPU been used on a B board. Such a CPU won’t allow users to overclock it in order to achieve extra performance out of the CPU.
The spacious 480GB M.2 SSD used in the machine has been clocked at 1392 MB/s read speed, and 635.3 MB/s write speed which will kill loading times of even the most demanding triple-A games. The machine will provide unmatched performance with 16GB of 2666 DDR4 by default, but Corsair is also offering two empty DIMM slots if you need to upgrade your beast with additional memory.
When we tested the Corsair Vengeance 5180 with some of the latest triple-A titles, the performance received was absolutely unmatched at 1080p and 1440p on ultra settings, but things got a little bit sluggish when it came to the 4K part. For instance, when we tested it against Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the beast managed to run at consistent 58FPS at 1440p, but on switching to 4k, the machine barely provided 28FPS. Other titles including Total War: Warhammer 2 when tested on the computer managed to provide only 25.3FPS at 1440p and a meager 9.8FPS at 4K. Besides this, neither of the games that we tested on the Corsair Vengeance 5180 used ray tracing or DLSS to enhance the performance. The reason behind this being ray tracing support was not available on the game titles we tested, this included Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Finally, it looks as if the machine performed like a beast when tested on 1080p and 1440p, but it almost gave up on a 4K resolution.
With proprietary iCue software suite, Corsair gives flexibility to its users to upgrade or tinker with the lighting and cooling features of the Corsair Vengeance 5180. Though iCue software suite is not the best which Corsair has to favor upgrades and customization, the feature does provide an impressive depth of options.
Talking about the connectivity ports provided in the machine, Vengeance 5180 is a bit low on USB ports as it comes equipped with only a pair of 3.1 slots in the front and four 2.0 ports tucked into the back of the machine. Though the ports provided are more than sufficient for basic needs, gamers looking for connecting vibrating GT Throne gaming chair or other such stuff apart from the keyboard, mouse, mic, Oculus Rift, printer, etc. will feel short of the ports. Adding more to the features, the Corsair Vengeance 5180 come equipped with a cable management system that takes a pretty much good care of all the thickly braided PSU cables.
Corsair Vengeance 5180 can be purchased for $2,399 featuring Intel Core i7-8700 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 480GB SSD with a 2TB hard drive and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. Besides the hardware, you will also get peripherals out of the box of about $80. These include Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard and Harpoon RGB gaming mouse. Also, users will get Netgear AC Wi-Fi USB module included in the box, as the Vengeance PC does not have built-in Wi-Fi. Corsair is offering only this particular model in the series. Therefore, users will have to make efforts and manually to upgrade the configurations if they are not satisfied with its performance or demand much more than the machine is willing to produce with the company fitted hardware.
To make sure that the cost at which Corsair is offering the product is worthy, we assembled the pc ourselves and noticed that one could save only $300 if he/she plans to assemble a machine with similar configurations. The difference is worthy of the two-year system warranty and 24/7 customer service that Corsair is offering, which matters the most.
From this Corsair Vengeance 5180 review, we came up to a conclusion that Vengeance 5180 is one of the best gaming desktops out in the market in the price range. Besides being sleek and attractive, the quality of the product is top notch, and the performance that it provides while playing the latest AAA games is unmatched with its rivals in the market. Though Corsair Vengeance 5180 come equipped with a slightly older processor, you cannot notice it at the time of playing games. One can efficiently run any game on ultra-settings over the beast machine at silky smooth frame rates.
At present, the machine is available with not the latest Intel 9th Generation processors, but we are quite sure that Corsair will upgrade its gaming PC soon that will enhance the performance and will remove the performance gap in Corsair Vengeance 5180. Until then, you can enjoy the upgradability and flexibility of the machine and add or upgrade the hardware as per the gaming requirements.