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Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 1)

Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Mid-Tower Chassis Review
While on paper the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB did seem like a great idea, once we got it in-house we were shocked at the various build issues we ran into.
By Shannon Robb from Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

Corsair is not one that needs a significant introduction in the case market as they have been here for quite some time, and along that time, they have been pumping out quite a lot of case models. Along this journey, we have seen Corsair pump out some cool cases while also sending some across that were less than stellar.

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Today we are looking at the new iCUE 220T RGB, which is another entrant into the 'smart cases' category. The smart cases as a category in the industry have been loosely based on having embedded controllers to manage everything from cooling performance to RGB lighting. Today with the 220T, the smart functions are the latter.

The 220T RGB is made for users who want a full ATX chassis, with liquid cooling fitment without the vast footprint some full ATX mid-towers take up. Based on the same base chassis as the Corsair SPEC Delta, the 220T has effectively been squished on the depth measurement to make it a much more compact platform while still maintaining ATX compatibility.

The 220T RGB comes fitted with triple front 120mm SP RGB PRO fans which are attached to a Corsair Lighting Node CORE unit. This is a fully functional six-channel controller for Corsair RGB fans. The 220T also includes a PSU shroud and some unique front styling which has a front removable metal plate and removable magnetic dust filter.

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The 220T RGB comes in measuring a height of 450mm, a depth of 395mm and a width of 210mm. This places the 220T RGB well into the mid-tower range while as I said previously being a bit squished in depth. This means the overall tower while supporting ATX, will not have as much room for things such as custom liquid cooling components to fit within the inner chamber as it is more compact.

Motherboard fitment is ATX, mATX, and mITX, I do not think an EASTX board would fit as our standard ATX testbench reached close enough to the cable management pockets I would not feel comfortable recommending it. HDD and SSD mounting are listed as dual 2.5" drives and dual 3.5" drives. This is something we will look at soon as the tight nature of the 220T makes for some unique challenges while building. The PSU fitment is listed as up to 180mm, but I do have to assume they require removal of the HDD cage as installing our 140mm PSU was problematic with the HDD cage in place. There is a PSU shroud which helps hide the PSU and related cabling.

Cooling fitment is listed as the front up to triple 120mm which comes preinstalled with three SP120 RGB Pro fans. It can also support up to dual 140mm as well which means radiator fitment is listed as up to 280mm or 360mm radiators. The top-mounted is listed as dual 120mm or dual 140mm fans while radiator fitment is limited to 240mm while 140mm based radiators will interfere with components. This also becomes an issue with 120mm based solutions, and we will look at this when it comes to looking at the actual chassis. The CPU cooler fitment should you go air cooling is up to a 160mm CPU cooler while GPU is limited to 300mm.

The 220T RGB is available as of the time of writing and is listed at $109.99, which places it in a pretty tough spot with the fitment being tight. This is once again a rough spot for a case to land as there are various competitors including cases such as the NZXT H500i, Silverstone Redline RL06 and even the HAF XB from Cooler Master. Now that you see the variety of chassis offered, and this is only a small cross-section, you can start to see where it's going to be a defined uphill climb for the 220T RGB.

Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications

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