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Ryzen, RTX and Elgato all inside.

CORSAIR Introduces VENGEANCE a4100 and i4200 Series Gaming PCs

OUR VERDICT

The Corsair Vengeance a4100 is a powerful Ryzen- and RTX-powered gaming rig with a capture card included to get started on your streaming setup.

OUR VERDICT

The Corsair Vengeance a4100 is a powerful Ryzen- and RTX-powered gaming rig with a capture card included to get started on your streaming setup.

FOR

  • Standardized parts make for easy upgrading
  • Strong performance
  • Included capture card
  • Two-year warranty
  • Little bloatware

AGAINST

  • I/O shield on our review unit wasn’t flush
  • No USB Type-C on the front panel

When you’re watching streamers on Twitch or YouTube, the best ones usually have expensive setups. They can be complicated to build and can include multiple computers, capture cards, lighting, and microphones. The Corsair Vengeance a4100 ($1,999.99 as tested, $1,799.99 to start) will get you on your way to that type of setup. It’s a capable Ryzen and Nvidia RTX-powered gaming rig that has a powerful Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 capture card built-in. If you want a gaming rig, this is up for the job, making it one of the best gaming PCs for a niche market. And if you want it to stream consoles or other PCs, the system can do it too.

Design of Corsair Vengeance a4100

Corsair Vengeance a4100 Review: Ryzen Stream Machine | Tom's Hardware(Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

The Vengeance PC a4100 is taller than Corsair’s previous efforts. Until now, all of the Vengeance-branded desktops had been in the Crystal Series 280X RGB case. This one is built in the Corsair iCue 220T RGB Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case. It’s a somewhat compact mid-tower with dark tempered-glass side and front panels, which make for some dramatic RGB effects. There’s a magnetic dust filter on top, as well as one on the bottom and in front of the intake fans.

There are four SP120 RGB Pro Fans in the case, including one attached to the CPU cooler. The rest of the RGB comes from the Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4 RAM. Out of the box, ours was running some cool flashing lightning effects, although Corsair opted for a CPU cooler without RGB on the pump and a GPU without any lighting. So there is a large gap of darkness inside the case.

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I did have one problem with the build quality/assembly: The motherboard I/O shield had some tabs that were in the way of some ports, and the motherboard, while aligned, was too far from some ports. In particular, tabs over the USB Type-C port kept me from accessing it. When I went to plug in my webcam, which has a USB-C connector, it kept falling out. In this case, I couldn’t reach it and would have to take the computer apart just to get the shield aligned properly. For a $2,000 prebuilt PC, this is extremely annoying. It’s not the first build quality issue we’ve seen from Corsair of late (we had problems with the Wi-Fi antennas on the Vengeance 6182), and it’s hard to know if these are one-off problems or a sign of bigger issues. It also made me wish that Corsair offered USB Type-C on the front panel.

Corsair’s desktop measures 17.7 x 15.6 x 8.3 inches. The HP Omen Obelisk is a bit smaller at 17.1 x 14.1 x 6.5 inches, though as you’ll see in the Ports and Upgradeability section, this will be easier to customize. Corsair’s own Vengeance 6182 Gaming PC is 15.6 x 14 x 11 inches, which is shorter but wider. The Zotac Mek Mini is 10.4 x 5.4 x 10.2 inches, which could more easily fit on a desk.

Corsair Vengeance a4100 Specifications

Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard Asus Prime B450-Plus
Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4 16GB-3200
Graphics MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Ventus GP OC (8GB GDDR6)
Storage 480GB Corsair Force MP510 PCIe NVMe SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7,200-rpm HDD
Networking Qualcomm Atheros QC1x4A on PCIe card, Bluetooth 4.2
Front Ports USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, Headphone jack.
Rear Ports 2x USB 2.0, USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2, Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, Audio ports
Video Output Motherboard: DVI, HDMI GPU: 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Power Supply Corsair RM750 80 Plus Gold
Case Corsair iCue 220T RGB Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case
Cooling 4x Corsair SP120 RGB Pro Fans, Corsair Hydro H60 CPU cooler
Other Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 Capture Card
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Dimensions 17.7 x 15.6 x 8.3 inches
Price As Configured $1,999.99

Ports and Upgradeability

CORSAIR Introduces VENGEANCE a4100 and i4200 Series Gaming PCs

On the top of the a4100’s case are a pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports and a combination headphone/microphone jack. On the rear, there is a PS/2 port for older peripherals, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, and one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, Ethernet and audio ports. The motherboard has DVI and HDMI outputs, while the GPU offers an HDMI output and three DisplayPorts. Our model also comes with an Elgato 4K60 Pro MK.2 capture card, adding HDMI in and an HDMI passthrough.

To remove the left tempered glass side panel, there are four thumbscrews. That will get you easy access to add RAM, swap out the CPU, water cooler, GPU, or fans. The Asus Prime B450 Plus motherboard has four RAM slots, and only two were utilized in our review unit. There’s also a single m.2 slot for an SSD, which was used for our boot drive.

To get to the back, there are two thumbscrews on the back of the right-side panel. Those can be opened with either your fingers or a screwdriver. Removing that allows you to get to the hard drive cage, power supply, two 2.5-inch SSD mounts (these were empty in our system) to add storage, as well as the case’s preinstalled RGB controller. These are entirely standardized parts. Like other Vengeance PCs before it, this one feels like you built it yourself. At least, you could pass it off that way.

Gaming and Graphics

The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Ventus GP OC don’t slouch when it comes to gaming. I took one of my testing mainstays, Control, set it to 1080p, ramped up the settings to high, and set ray-tracing to high as well. The game ran around 46 frames per second during combat scenarios.

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