When I first received the iCUE 220T, I was impressed by the included RGB controller and triple SP RGB PRO fans. Also, I was intrigued by the quite short depth. Now that I have had some time with the 220T RGB, I feel it is safe to say that it can do the job of a case but don't have too high of expectations with this one. There are concessions at several steps and adjustment necessary to install essential components such as the PSU.
The performance testing even with triple 120mm fans we found that the CPU wound up 47C over the ambient. This is about 1.2-1.8C average over our mean across our cases thus far. The GPU was 36.3C over ambient, which is at the lower-end of the mean. The airflow from the three front fans helps the GPU breathe much better while the tight confines and direct cross-flow from the front-mounted fans do not do many favors for the top-mounted AIO.
I like the fact that the 220T RGB can pull off a nice looking ATX build with a quite smaller volume. The inclusion of triple SP 120 RGB PRO fans is a significant part of the price along with the Lighting Node CORE. The triple pack of SP 120 RGB runs an MSRP of 69.99 alone while the Lighting node we don't have a price on but the basic dual-channel model of 45 dollars approximately. We have to take into account some of this when it comes to pricing evaluation.
Now we address some of the things we did not care for with the 220T. Firstly, I am of the belief that if a product lists a feature such as a fitment, you should not have to remove another listed feature to make it fit. This is, unfortunately, the case in regards to front 360mm AIO/Radiator fitment. If you want to install a front mount radiator that occupies the bottom fan mount, you will need to omit the dual 3.5" mounting entirely.
Next up is the build, the fact that I had to lay on the cable management panel to get it to slide into a closed position with all tabs engaged is something I have not had to do in several years, and I expect better from Corsair in the ease of build' category. I do not believe the iCUE 220T RGB is a case I would ever give to a new builder to try to complete their first PC build as the simple fact that you cannot install a PSU without relocating or removing parts feels wrong for an ATX mid-tower chassis.
Coming to market at the $109.99 range means that the iCUE 220T RGB has some tough competition. The only saving grace for the 220T RGB would be the sheer value of the included controller and fans. The rest of the case can support a build as we showed today, but it is not as easy and carefree build as we have become accustomed to with Corsair cases.
I have to add one more thing, with the fact that top mount radiators are highlighted as supported, Corsair being a memory company form the onset, I would have thought they would ensure that since a major theme of this case is RGB, they would make sure their iCUE ready RGB memory would be supported, unfortunately as we showed, it merely is not.
When considering the concessions we have to make to complete a build as the specs are supported, I do not think I could apply an award here as I feel like the 220T RGB was an excellent idea on paper, but the execution has the 220T RGB found wanting.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
The Corsair iCUE 220T RGB was a great idea on paper and a sweet looking case. But overall we were left with a bit of bewilderment due to the various build issues and tough fitment across many areas.