Corsair a7200 Review
I don’t know about you but personally I have been spending more time at home. One of my favorite pastimes has always been playing video games. In the early 1990s, I was given an original Nintendo and I have never stopped playing since. For close to 30 years, I have played games on console and the majority of that time I have been a die-hard Playstation user. Since 2013, I have been playing on the original Playstation 4. However, a little over a year ago, I decided to step up my game, which brings us to my Corsair a7200 review.
What Led Me to PC Gaming?
Other than having a brief love affair with Linux in the 2010s, I was a complete PC novice. In the last year, I have spent hundreds of hours researching gaming PCs by reading blogs online and watching YouTube channels such as JaysTwoCents, Linus Tech Tips, And Gamers Nexus. The overwhelming consensus among YouTube personalities was to build your own PC. This way, you can choose all the individual components and get the most bang for your buck. Unfortunately for me, a global pandemic struck causing a silica shortage world wide.
Everyone was forced into their homes and a huge number of those people chose to spend their time playing video games. This spike in online activity, coupled with the silica shortage and a boom in the cryptocurrency market, caused everything with a graphics card (GPU) to skyrocket in price. Buying a GPU off the shelf for anything close to retail became virtually impossible unless you were willing to camp outside a Best Buy. The situation became so dire that even YouTube personalities started telling their subscribers to consider a pre-built PC due to the shortage. So, I changed lanes from building to buying and chose the Corsair a7200.
Corsair a7200 Review
Corsair is mostly known for its high-end PC peripherals, keyboards, mice, PC cases, etc. More recently, they have started building their own computers as well. The one I will be looking at today is from the Corsair Vengeance line-up because it is the one I bought. The exact computer I bought is the Corsair Vengeance a7200, equipped with a Ryzen 5 5600x and Nvidia RTX 3070. So, without further ado, let’s jump into my thoughts on the Corsair a7200.
Starting with what I like about the system, it is beautifully made. Upon first inspection, the overall fit and finish of the computer is awesome. Unlike some big-name system integrators, you can tell that Corsair computers are built by professionals and not just thrown together to make a buck. Everything except the motherboard, CPU, and graphics card is made by Corsair. So, it all works together seamlessly. There is very little bloatware on the a7200 like anti-virus software or useless applications that only slow the system down.
The six-core fifth-generation AMD Ryzen processor is lightning fast and the RTX 3070 from Nvidia is able to push high frame rates at 1440p with zero issues. If I had a compatible monitor, this a7200 could easily run massive games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at well over 60 frames per second in 4k. I choose not to play in 4k because I play competitive titles like Call of Duty Warzone and prefer a higher refresh rate over resolution.
To top it all off, the a7200 comes with a two-year warranty backed by Corsair. This way, I don’t have to hunt down individual manufacturer warranties if something goes wrong. I just fill out a support ticket with Corsair and they handle the rest.
It wouldn’t be an honest Corsair a7200 Review without mentioning the downside of going with this pre-build. The total cost of this beast of a gaming PC shipped to my door was $2,294.06, including tax. For that hefty price tag, I got an incredibly well-built gaming computer with enough horsepower to play any game I want at max settings.
The downside is that, if you don’t factor in the GPU shortage, all the components in the a7200 cost around $1,800 retail. That does not include the cost of having someone build it for you or the bone-shattering terror of doing it yourself and watching all your money go up in a puff of smoke.
Besides the added price of being made by a premium brand, I do not have anything bad to say about the Corsair a7200. I do feel obligated to mention that when I unboxed my new Corsair PC it wobbled on my desk. This was due to a rubber grommet missing on one of the rear case feet. I filled out a support ticket with Corsair, sent them a few pictures and they mailed me two new case feet that day. Prompt and on-time service like that is the kind of thing that creates customers for life. All in all, I am 100 percent happy with my purchase and I implore you to consider Corsair if you’re looking to buy a pre-built gaming PC. You will not be disappointed.
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Drew Blankenship is a former Porsche technician and lifelong automotive enthusiast. Recently, he began writing for several websites and is enjoying the career change. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their dog Enzo.