Inside the iCUE 220T RGB
Removing the front of the 220T RGB was simple as giving the metal panel a tug on any of the open sides and the ball and socket retention releases. Then you have the dust filter which covers the entire front opening and is secured using strong magnets which makes removal easy without the worry of breaking clips or anything.
One thing I had to bring up was the finish on the front panel, which I expect better from Corsair. The panel on the 220T RGB I received has a wavy hair embedded in the paint. I reached out to Corsair, and they believed it was a metal shaving from punching the front panel plate out and with a poke of ESD tweezers it stretched slightly then snapped and curled back same as a hair would do, so we know that someone in QC dropped the ball.
I have spoken to Corsair though, and they ensure that this was a rushed early sample for review and the retail units customers receive should not experience these sorts of issues. Beyond the hair in the paint, there are also two other broken spots in the paint where it looks like debris had landed on the finished panel during painting and were picked out, so I have to assume these were either rushed as stated or Sunday jobs.
First impressions looking into the 220T RGB is that this is one tight fit for the case. You start to see just how much the depth of the case has shrunk as the cable management pockets which are at the board's edge typically has several inches until it meets the front panel mounting area, but here you can see it's directly adjacent to it. Unlike the SPEC Delta, the 220T has the fans internal, and this means the 220T RGB has even less room internally.
The front panel comes with triple SP120 RGB Pro fans in place as you can see here and can run up to dual 140mm. There is not much as far as liquid cooling mounting such as reservoirs as the board comes up to almost the front, so with liquid cooling, you would have to be a bit creative. I do also question 360mm mounting in the front as the fans are already super close to the HDD cage with just the fans there, and the PSU mounted so that could get dicey in a big hurry.
Here we see the pull away magnetic dust filter at the top of the chassis. The top mounting supports up to dual 120mm radiators at 240mm which is precisely what we installed with the Corsair H100i. This, unfortunately, has some caveats as the fitment from DIMM slot to the 120mm mounting hole is only 35mm approximately which means only corsairs lowest profile memory such as Vengeance LPX, unfortunately their RGB case cannot run RGB memory with an AIO installed in the top, so you may end up with the AIO in the front if you want to install anything above standard profile DIMMs. The holes are slotted, which helps to precisely adjust your AIO or fans at the top for convenience in adjusting your airflow and cooling.
The PSU shroud on the 220T RGB is quite simple and does what it should which is cover the PSU. It has cutouts close to the board edge which is excellent and appreciated to allow easy short runs in the main chassis to internal connectors. The mid way grommeted hole is also nice for a direct pass-through for GPU power cables. There is one non-PSU shroud thing I would like to bring up here.
If you look near the front fans and move down, you can see the HDD cage. That is the HDD cage in its furthest back location, which means if you want to install a 360mm radiator as the 220T is claimed to support, you would need to remove the HDD cage entirely. The 220T is shaping up to be a case of concessions in regards to trade-offs to achieve mounting for supported hardware.