Corsair Vengeance a7300 the Best AMD Prebuilt of 2023
Corsair always seems to make some of the best products, but have their new pre-builts lived up to their reputation? if you should buy this PC or not. In this 100% honest and unbiased review of the Corsair Vengeance A7 300, I’ll tell you everything you need to know.
Now, you may have come to this video after watching my more fun and entertaining unboxing of this PC, but this is the one you need to watch before you buy it. I’ll quickly show you how to open the box, and the things inside will take you through some very thorough gaming and Creator benchmarks. Talk about how the insides were designed and how well they were made. I’ll talk about the thermals fan noise, how easy it is to use in general, how it compares to the competition in terms of price and performance, and my top pros and cons. If you decide against this PC after hearing what I found, keep watching because I’ll also show you some alternatives that I do recommend. Don’t worry if it’s just too expensive, though. I’ve got specific recommendations for every budget. I go into a lot of detail about this machine, so I’m sure that by the end of this video, you’ll know if this PC is right for you or not. If you still have questions after watching the whole thing, just leave a comment, and if you’re publicly subscribed, I’ll personally answer you. This model, which I’m going to review today, has the latest AMD Ryzen 9 7900x CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, and DDR5 RAM running at 5600 megahertz.
When you open the box, you’ll find a fancy but obvious set of instructions. After removing the outer foam and lifting this heavy PC out of the box, you’ll find your super-strong power cable, Wi-Fi antennas, and user manual. Then, after taking off the plastic, don’t forget to take off the protective foam on the inside.
This computer is almost exactly the same as the Corsair i7 300 I reviewed last year. Both of them use Corsair’s popular and widely used 4000 D case. People who are tired of the more cheesy and over-the-top designs of gaming PCs will find this design a breath of fresh air. This one just looks more grown up. The main dust filter is hidden by a removable grille on the front, and the top has a similar magnetic dust filter that can also be taken off. The RGB lighting effects all over the case look great, but just like last year, I kind of wish there was something on the bottom half because it just feels a little too empty and a little bit off. I also wish this glass panel wasn’t tinted so you could see the RGB at full brightness; it would make it stand out more during the day. You could always use software controls to turn it down, but those are small things.
Overall, I really like how it looks. In this case, we have six fans all together. These three 120-millimeter intake fans bring fresh air into the case and move the heat from the components out of the back fan and the two fans on top. The main job of these two fans, on the other hand, is to cool the CPU. Heat moves quickly through these tubes and into a radiator, where it is spread out and then blown out. Next to the CPU is our beautiful Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB ddr5 RAM. We have two 32 GB sticks, for a total of 64 GB. But you’ve also got two additional slots if you want even more than that. On the other side of the CPU, under this huge heat sink, is our main SSD, which is where everything is stored. There is another SSD behind the 4090 GPU. Even though this Founders Edition RTX 4090 GPU is big and heavy, there’s still plenty of room for expansion cards underneath it. On the back of the computer, there are two slots for 2.5-inch SSDs and open slots for two 3.5-inch SATA hard drives. Next to that is our modular and upgradable 1000-watt power supply, which is a Corsair rm1000x.
For the ports, we have a power button, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A port, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C port. We also have a headphone jack and a microphone jack. For the ports on the back, we have a reset button, a flash bios button, an HDMI display port that doesn’t do anything, two USBC ports, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. There are four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an Ethernet jack, antenna connectors, a high-quality spitif output, a center speaker, a rear speaker, a microphone line out and line in, and an HDMI port and three display ports on the back of your powerful 4090 graphics card.
Now, let’s take a look at the software that comes with the case. The Corsair Diagnostics app has a number of tests that can help you find problems with your computer. The “My Device” section gives you a general idea of how your CPU, GPU, and storage are doing right now, and the “cpu-z” app gives you much more detailed information on all of that. As for the “IQ” software, it controls all the lighting effects, and it’s pretty easy to use. I think a slow-moving rainbow wave looks great across the whole case, and the only thing you’ll probably use in the MSI Center is the user scenario section, where you can choose your profile for extreme performance, balanced performance, or silent performance for quieter fans.
When it came to fan noise at redu, I used performance now. After I tested each of the main fan profiles and the quiet and idle modes, the noise level was just a little over 41 decibels in quiet and idle mode, 42 decibels in performance mode with smart fans on, and 43 decibels when I manually pushed these powerful fans to full speed mode. This was very impressive, and as you can see, the fan noise was the lowest of all the pre-builts I’ve tested for The Thermals so far.
In our thermal imaging test, we can see that most of the heat is leaving through the top exhaust fence, with only a small amount being held up by the side glass panel. On the other hand, even with the side ventilation on the new Alienware Aurora R15, we can see that a lot of the heat gets trapped right next to the GPU. Removing the glass panel on the Corsair lets us see a bit more of what’s going on. The only real hot spot we see is right next to the GPU I also did a lot of testing while playing games. Here are the CPU temperatures for a few different games at 4K. Notice how much cooler it is than the new Alienware Aurora R15. This was kind of expected, though, since AMD is known to be much cooler than Intel. When it came to just the GPU temperatures in 4K, this PCS 4090 was again significantly cooler than both the 4090 and the R15. In fact, when I averaged all these gaming temperatures together, this was over 30 degrees cooler than
Performance & Gaming Benchmarks
Now let’s see how well it works and how well it plays games. The price-to-performance ratio is the second most important part of this review, and we’ll talk about it in a moment. For geekbench 5, we got a score of 2000/191 for a single core and 1976/6 for multiple cores. This was just a little less than what the Alienware Aurora R15 could do on Cinebench R23, which simulates its 3D rendering power. We got a multi-core score of 28,623 and a single-core score of 2006. It also lost to the R15 here, but again, this is because the latest AMD CPUs are not as powerful as the latest Intel ones. The v-ray benchmark is another helpful test for 3D renderers, and these are our scores for Cuda R TX and overall v-ray performance. The v-ray GPU scores showed that this PC was the clear winner, which means it will be great for real-time viewport rendering and high-polygon 3D modeling. However, the overall v-ray performance score showed that it was again just behind what the Alienware Aurora R15 could do, which means that the longer overnight CPU rendering will be slightly faster on the R15. If you use Blender, these are the scores we got with their benchmark, again showing it to be strong. The Puget benchmarks for DaVinci and the last benchmarks for Resolve are the last tests for creatives before we move on to games. We got 2793, which, as you can see here, is a lot faster than the pre-builts of the last generation and just a little bit slower than the R15. The R15 is almost as good as the Adobe Premiere 1321. Adobe Photoshop 1610, which is in the lead by a large margin, and After Effects 1347, which is again in second place, both got a score of 29 680 on 3D Mark, which is a great benchmark for figuring out how well a computer can play games overall. Their graphic score was 35,532, and their CPU score was 15,353. This was the best graphics score I’ve ever seen on a pre-built PC, but as you can see, the overall score is just a little bit lower than the R15, which has a faster 13th-generation Intel processor. For the main drive, the SSD where everything is stored, I got speeds of 6.7 gigabytes read and 4.9 gigabits right. You guys probably care most about actual gaming benchmarks, but here are the average FPS results we got for a few games at their highest preset settings in HD. You can see that both of these latest generation pre-builds performed much better than their predecessors, and when you average all of these gaming tests, you can see that this cheaper Corsair pre-built actually performs slightly better. The Alienware Aurora R15 just edges past the Corsair PC to take first place. Wait until you see these price-to-performance ratios before making the jump to 4K.
Price to Performance Ratios
Now, this PC with the same exact specs as the one we have will cost you about $4,000. This is about $50 more than the most recent Intel model, which is called the i7 400. Now, I’ve found that I buy Power has the least expensive pre-built computer with the latest CPU and GPU for $35,000. Even though Power has the same specs as the competition, they usually don’t work as well as the competition. From what I’ve seen, Skytech usually does pretty well. However, their new Mark 40 series, which has the same latest-generation specs, costs a little more than $4500. Pre-built 40 series GPUs and 13th-generation CPUs are also available from origin piece. Their specs are similar. Genesis cost a little more than that, Skytech was around $4800, and CLX with the latest AMD CPU was $4900. The Alienware Aurora R15 is the most overpriced latest-generation gaming pre-build. It will cost you $510 for the same specs, so as you can see, Corsairfare is pretty much up against the competition here. Now, if you look at all of these reviewed top PCs side by side, you can see that last year’s Alienware Aurora R13 is the biggest ripoff based on its dollar per frames per second (FPS) ratio. This year’s R15 is a much better value than that, but it doesn’t even come close to the new Corsair Vengeance A7 300, and I think the Intel version, the Corsair Vengeance i7 400, will be even better. The Skytech Prism 2 PC was the one that was sold the most often through affiliate links on this channel. Here, you can see that it’s still a pretty good deal for the money. There’s a link to that review below, but if you don’t have time, the short version is that I highly recommend that one for a thousand dollars less than this Corsair PC and two thousand dollars less than that Alienware.
Pros & Cons
Now, the two things I didn’t like about this computer were how long it took to start up and how slow it was at rendering 3D images. While this computer was still very fast in every category, especially gaming, it wasn’t as fast as the competition when it came to rendering 3D images. The things I like most about this computer are: (a) The Thermals, as you saw in the previous graphs, it was the coolest pre-built PC I’ve ever tested. (b) The Fan Noise, not all gamers care about this because they only really push their computers to their limits when they have headphones on, but those of you who do get annoyed by loud fans will be happy to know that this is one of the quietest. (c) The ability to get better. There are two PCIe SSD slots, two 2.5-inch SSD bays, and two 3.5-inch hard drive bases. This computer is easy to upgrade because it has a modular power supply and a lot of space under the GPU.
Overall, if you like AMD, this PC is easy to recommend because it works well, has quiet fans, and stays very cool. I’m a fan of Intel, and I’d rather have higher performance than cooler temperatures. I know that the Corsair Vengeance i7 400, which is the Intel version, will be even faster, and I already recommend it over this PC before I even get one from Corsair to review. For four thousand dollars, these top-of-the-line pre-builts are a pretty good deal. If your budget is closer to $3,000, the Skytech Prism 2 or the Corsair Vengeance i7 300 with a 3090 are both good choices. If you want to spend less than $2,000, I’d go with the Skytech Chronos, and if you want to spend less than $1,000, I’d go with the Cyber Power PC Gamer Extreme. If you decide to buy this PC or one of the others, you can find links to all of them below.