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Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 7)

By Shannon Robb from Jul 30, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: Corsair

Case Build & Finished Product

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The front of the 220T RGB looks just the same as when we first opened it when built as the metal panel shrouds most view past the fans.

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Here we see the main chamber with components installed. The card in place is an RTX 2060 which is a reasonably mid-range GPU and not even very long, but you can see in the tight confines of the 220T it takes up a decent amount of space horizontally. Longer cards will fit up to 300mm of course, but they will be right up against the fans.

Also, note that we had to swap in Kingston HyperX FURY modules as they were the only DIMMs we had which would fit with the AIO top mounted. This is a bit sad in my opinion as Corsair capitalizes on RGB with iCUE and the namesake for this 220T chassis and iCUE could control Corsair RGB RAM, but due to fitment if you are running a top-mounted AIO, you cannot run their own memory in the chassis.

I do understand that mid-tower chassis can be tight, but had this chassis been made about 1-2CM wider it could have had full RAM and cooling clearance while also having more potential room for cable management by having an angled channel where the front grommets are located.

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The rear is reasonably standard components have now filled all of the gaps. You can see the cables peeking around the left corner, and this is where we are looking next.

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Here you can see we used the front indentation where the cable grommets get their angle to maximize cable fitment behind the panel. This is why I said I wish that Corsair could widen the 220T RGB a bit so that the indentation could be pushed at more of an angle, this would serve a dual purpose. First up, it would allow more room to fit cabling. Secondly, it would enable a straight shot into right-angled connectors such as SATA or USB 3.0 headers.

I know it may look like there's plenty of room in front of the PSU, but keep in mind that cables do not merely make a right angle when it leaves the connector. With that in mind, the soft bend of the wires means you have 10-20mm extra clearance needed plus any additional cabling you may want to cram here since there's not a ton of room behind the motherboard tray. Lastly, note that with the HDD cage move one position forward it is now only 3-4mm from the front fans which mean once again the HDD cages would have to be omitted entirely to fit a radiator at this lowest mounting point.

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The built 220T RGB looks quite good, which I know I have complained quite a bit in the preceding pages. As you can see, while there are some issues, it comes out looking quite slick. A slightly tinted window may help hide components or cabling, you may not want to see, but without internal lighting that could also make it look bad. With that considered after the build, I am happy with the clear glass in this case.

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Here we have the iCUE 220T RGB powered up to show the RGB and internal components. The front-mounted SP120 RGB PRO fans admittedly have a nice color flow to them and make the front pop and show off the unique angular styling in the front metal plate. The side view with the many cable pass-through keeps cabling out of sight, except where necessary to give an overall clean aesthetic to your build.

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