Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Review

9.6

When it comes to PC cases, there are two specific factors that people often look for: proper airflow and silence. PC builders usually prefer one of the two for their high-powered components. However, a lot of users still opt for great aesthetics over all other factors, but productivity or performance-focused users always opt for adequate cooling or quiet operation.

The Corsair iCUE 220T RGB is a mid-tower ATX case that sports a high-airflow layout that also comes with three other SP-120 RGB Pro fans. It provides you with excellent RGB lighting managed via the iCUE software from Corsair.

With iCUE put together with the 220T’s name, it’s evident that RGB lighting is at the forefront of this enclosure. All the included fans of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB support RGB lighting, with each of these featuring a total of eight lighting zones. With that, it delivers a total of twenty-four addressable RGB LED lights. Moreover, the chassis’ Lighting Node Core RGB controller supports three additional RGB fans from Corsair.

When looking at the iCUE 220T RGB, it is clear that this company is aiming to sell the case to certain types of PC builders. Those who want to have clean aesthetics, minimum restrictions when it comes to case airflow, as well as out-of-the-box RGB functions.

Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Review – What’s in the Box?

The Corsair iCUE 220T RGB arrived in a typical-looking durable cardboard box that sports the signature style of Corsair’s branding. In front, it features an image of the product itself, plus a blow-up diagram located along its rear.

On its sides, details about the available colors are available; plus, there’s also a list of the case’s specifications. You will see that the package is labeled as Graphite 220T, making it appear like Corsair considered the chassis part of their Graphite family. But since they included their Lighting Node as well, the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB instead, becomes part of their line of iCUE Smart Cases.

Moving forward, the back of the package displays a large image of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB, together with a variety of parts labeled with a letter to avoid confusion. The lower section shows a couple of legends provided in different languages to let you know what each portion is. These include the following: dust filters, tempered glass side panels, the HDD tray, an SSD tray, the front bezel, a solid side panel, three 120-millimeter RGB fans, and the Lighting Node Core.o

When you remove the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB from the package, you will see it wrapped in a plastic bag. It also has durable Styrofoam end caps that help protect the case’s edges. Its side tempered glass is also covered with a type of film along its exterior, while its internal cables are tied firmly. It is to stop the wires from scratching the panel. When you open the box, pulling its end Styrofoam cap will give you a user manual for the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB. We liked that Corsair made it a multi-lingual manual so each user can readily utilize this to get started.

Not only that, but you will also get a collection of screws, as well as a good number of zip ties for the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB.

The Product

Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Review

When you look at the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB, one of the most notable aspects that you’ll notice is its clear tempered glass window. Corsair opted for a clear glass for their 220T RGB instead of the smoked variety which is a common feature in enthusiast-case designs.

The front portion of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB comes with a perforated metal cover with an asymmetrical pattern. This area displays a little Corsair logo located on the bottom half of the case. Its design isn’t only for beautiful aesthetics, but it also provides you with adequate airflow despite being made from solid steel. You can easily pull this part off to display a removable dust filter placed before the three pre-installed fans.

The front plate of the case gives you enough space along its sides, as well as cutouts on its front to allow light to escape from the RGB fans. Simultaneously, it lets the right amount of air enter the chassis. Overall, the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB’s design is excellent, and its front cover made of steel gives off a nice and premium feel to it.

From the primary side, the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB’s clear glass panel is its most notable feature. It helps you show off your hardware in a pleasant and presentable manner. However, we think that Corsair would’ve made things even better if they framed the window with a nice edge. Without it, you’ll end up seeing every rivet and screw of the case’s frame, which decreases the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB’s overall aesthetics.

Luckily, Corsair designed its iCUE 220T RGB with a window in mind, so its bare case appears to be cleaner and neater compared to other similar chassis’ in the market. Its nicely-made screws that hold the window in place is a nice touch to the front part of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB. On the opposite side, you will see a solid metal panel set in place via screws.

Along the rear, the bottom portion of the case houses the PSU. There are a total of two sets of mounting holes, so you’re allowed to choose how you want to position the unit with the case, based on your preferences. Above these, you will see a total of seven regular expansion slots secured by solo and reusable covers.

At the topmost portion of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB, you can install a 120-millimeter fan because of the lengthened mounting slats. These provide you with adequate flexibility to correctly align the fan with your CPU cooler to acquire proper airflow.

What’s good about the setup is that you can mount the fans in a variety of locations because of the mounting slats which Corsair opted for, instead of regular mounting holes. Not only that, but you can also mount water cooling radiators in ideal spots. If not, it’s also possible to install a radiator that is up to 240-millimeters.

The I/O at the top of the case is standard yet functional. It consists of your usual audio plugs and two USB 3.0, as well as the power and reset buttons. Do note that the company has done away with the HDD LED which is technically fine, but with the increase of SSDs today, that specific indicator would’ve come in handy. It would help you see if the system freezes or is having a difficult time loading a game or large files.

Removing the front part of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB is as simple as giving its metal panel a light tug on any open sides; and with that, the ball & socket retention releases. Inside the case, you’ll also find a dust filter that covers the whole front part, protecting it via strong magnets. The presence of these helps make the removal easier without you having to worry about breaking things like clips etc.

The front panel of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB comes with three SP-120 RGB Pro fans which can run up to dual 140 millimeters. Now, as for the PSU shroud, it appears to be quite simple, yet it works like how it should – covering the PSU. It comes with cutouts that are close to the board edge, which is perfect and highly appreciated since it allows easier short runs in the main case to the internal connectors.

The mid-way grommet hole is perfect to have for direct pass-throughs, specifically for GPU power cables. It’s also worth mentioning this single non-PSU shroud-like piece in the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB. If you take a close look at the front fans, shift your view a bit lower to see an HDD cage. It’s technically in its furthest spot possible, so if you plan to install a 360-millimeter radiator, you would need to pull out the HDD cage completely.

Product Features

Solid and Durable Steel

The 220T RGB has a steel construction which gives it high durability and a premium look. Its front plate is also easy to remove.

High Airflow Layout

The design of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB features a steel grill front panel for maximum intake of air. With that, your system’s cooling improves, resulting in a more efficient performance.

Comes with Three RGB PRO Fans

The Corsair iCUE 220T RGB has three integrated SP120 RGB PRO fans, each having eight LEDs that are individually addressable around the hub, giving you a total of 24 LEDs.

Smart Case with Smart Lighting

You can directly plug up to six of the same Corsair RGB fans into the iCUE Lighting Node CORE that comes together with the chassis. When you plug the fans, you won’t need a fan hub to control your RGB lighting. With the iCUE software, you can create brilliant lighting effects out of the box.

Maximum Airflow

This chassis provides room for six 120-millimeter fans, four 140-millimeter fans, or a 360-millimeter radiator in front. When you equip the 220T RGB with more fans, you can keep your components cooler.

Four Drive Trays

The Corsair iCUE 220T RGB offers flexible storage, including two 2.5-inch trays. There are two additional trays in a removable cage that can hold extra 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives.

Specifications

The dimensions of the 6.5-kilogram Corsair iCUE 220T RGB is 395 x 210 x 450 millimeters with a total of seven case expansions slots. This tempered glass-windowed case has a mid-tower form factor with case drive bays measuring 3.5 inches (x2) and 2.5 inches (x2).

The material used for the chassis is steel, giving off an aesthetic and premium feel to the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB. For its CPU cooler, the maximum height is 160 millimeters in total.

The Corsair iCUE 220T RGB is iCUE enabled to make things more convenient on your part. It also comes with a two-year warranty, which is something we highly appreciate from Corsair. Also, the case makes use of RGB lighting, which makes it even more aesthetic.

For its compatibility, the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB is suitable for 120, 140, 280, 240, and 360-millimeter radiators. If you want to use Corsair liquid coolers with the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB, it is compatible with the H55, H75, H60, H80i, H100i, H90, H150i, H105, H110i, and H115i models.

Using the Product

For all PC cases,  thermal performance is essential, and it’s one of the things that all users should consider before getting one. Think about it: your system may look impressive and appear silent from the outside, but this won’t matter if the internal temperature of your PC is like an oven. You’ll need a case that has enough airflow to keep all your components cool, even under load.

Your PC case needs sufficient airflow to keep your components and to prevent any thermal throttling cool even under heavy loads. The performance testing went well because the three 120-millimeter fans helped provide enough airflow, helping the GPU breathe better even during heavy loads.

Even with a lot of fan cables and components, keeping these organized was not difficult. The hole on the roof of the PSU shroud had a rubber grommet which was a nice touch to this part of the chassis since it provides a tidy path for PCIe cables.

Setting up a high-end build with this chassis should be trouble-free unless you plan to use a liquid cooling system. Trying to fit radiators in front and on the roof would be a challenge since there isn’t much space, unlike in large cases.

Building the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB was a painless experience for us. We had no issues in placing the components in the chassis and as we said earlier, keeping the cables neat and organized was a breeze. The motherboard tray had more than enough cutouts and grommets around it, which helped us in arranging all of these cords. There were a lot of wires, but it was still presentable, thanks to the cutouts and grommets.

The only building challenge we had with the chassis was that it took a little effort to reattach the back panel due to the amount of space for cables at the back. It’s something to be expected when using a small case, but it’s not an issue for us. All in all, we like the quality and the layout of this case, and we give our two thumbs up to the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB.

Software

Corsair iCUE is software is the interface that connects all compatible Corsair devices. Here, you have full control over your entire setup, which includes synchronized lighting, dynamic fan control, macro-control, as well as temperature & voltage monitoring. Corsair iCUE gives you no limits with their smart control options.

Once you install and run the iCUE software, it will detect all compatible connected devices. When we first launched it, we had to verify our connections. After that, we checked if the software was up-to-date.

Since it was updated, we proceeded to click on the Lightning Node Core on the list of connected devices. We saw all of our connected Corsair iCUE devices on the list, and that was good. But in case you don’t see yours, just shut down and restart the application to resolve the problem.

Corsair iCUE comes with a range of features which include the following:

Synchronized Lighting Effects Under your Control

With the Corsair iCUE software, you can synchronize all the lights of your compatible devices with one click, or create stunning multi-layer lighting presets. The whole color spectrum is under your command.

iCUE Game Integrations

iCUE software brings your gaming experience to a whole new level. You can set your components, peripherals, or even your chassis to light up dynamically and in sync with in-game effects and actions. With that, everyone can enjoy highly immersive gameplay.

iCUE Tutorials

iCUE offers various tutorial videos on how to set up and customize your profiles for the power, temperature, and lighting of your Corsair iCUE supported devices.

Conclusion

The unique selling points of the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB are its top-notch SP-120 RGB fans and the iCUE Lighting Node Core. The fans keep the components cool, which is essential for them to deliver optimum performance efficiently.

For others, RGB lighting control may not be a smart feature since it’s entirely a visual feature. However, it’s a nice touch to your rig, especially if you’re building a gaming system. With Corsair’s iCUE software, you can easily tweak and the chassis’ hues and effects since it has a user-friendly interface.

This chassis is an excellent choice for entry-level builders and if it’s ideal for gamers who are looking for budget-friendly options. It has a durable body, fans that effectively cools components, and has a user-friendly interface. Overall, we had a great experience using the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB, and we highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an RGB chassis.

Where to Buy

You can purchase the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB from the company’s official website. On the same page, you can click on the “Find a Retailer” button if you want to buy this from another seller.

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