Corsair announced its iCUE 220T RGB last July, bringing an authentic breath of fresh air to its range of PC cases, but especially for the increasingly stagnant Desktop PC market. After all, we have a beautiful solution, very practical, and good performance (with 3 pre-assembled RGB fans), which will not ruin your budget.
In fact, the fans that you can find on the iCUE 220T RGB are not normal ‘fans’, nothing like that. There are 3 SP120 RGB Pro fans, each with 8 addressable RGB lights, which will be connected to the iCUE Lightning Node CORE for customization via Corsair's own software.
Just to be aware of the thing, these 3 fans alone cost about 60 €, however, the box only costs 114 €. What is clear, immediately summarizes Corsair's objective with this box, to offer a top product, at a price much more appealing than what we are used to.
So, we received the black version of this box some time ago, and I even had the opportunity to assemble two different machines using this iCUE 220T RGB as a base. So, I can already do an analysis as it should be, to understand whether or not it is worth choosing this product.
(Review) Corsair iCUE 220T RGB box: A lot of quality at a great price
Therefore, the iCUE 220T is available in black and white, offering a unique and very appealing look for any enthusiast or simple gamer. By bringing a very well achieved front, and well above average ventilation, thanks to the front with open sides.
However, the left side is composed only of a single piece of tempered glass, while the right side is a simple steel panel. So, although everything seems normal, it is easy to notice at the first touch, that this box was not designed to be ‘budget’, offering great ease of assembly, as well as a palpable robustness.
As extras, we have a giant filter right in front of the box, where we have the 3 RGB fans mounted, another filter on top where we mounted the radiator of the Corsair H100i All-in-One cooler, as well as another filter on the bottom, where we mounted the Seasonic Prime Full-Modular 750W power supply.
The inside of the box is open, spacious, without the traditional hard disk drawers on display! All in order not to compromise the compact design that Corsair tried to implement on the iCUE 220T!
After all, we have all the 'mess' hidden behind a cover that will plug the fountain.
As we are already in 2020, we have two spaces at the rear for mounting 2.5 ”SSDs, as well as a small drawer hidden just in front of the source area. (Which I removed to make cable management easier, which is not at all my strong point, especially with the use of CableMod) Still, if you happen to want to use the drawer, it will be very well hidden under the cover of the fountain / cables.
In short, after everything is assembled, it is difficult not to fall in love with the appearance of the machine, especially when storage is greatly facilitated by the design that Corsair chose. Very briefly, Corsair did an excellent job on this box. Now it remains to be seen whether ‘Airflow’ is also of quality.
Corsair iCUE 220T – Compatibility and Storage
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB supports mITX, mATX and ATX motherboards, however, it goes without saying that in terms of design, what looks best and fills this product well, is an ATX motherboard, especially if you have some RGB in the mix. Having said that, after the motherboard is assembled, it is clear that there is a lot of empty space on the right side, to facilitate the installation of all the cables necessary for the operation of the machine, a ‘big plus’ in my opinion.
However, although the assembly is easy, and it is also easy to arrange the cables at the rear, the truth is that the space is not much! Especially in this specific case, where I decided to use CableMod to beautify the final build a little more.
Corsair iCUE 220T – Airflow and Noise
Regarding the performance of the box, we can say that compared to this same setup in an open bench, the temperatures have not changed significantly, which is always a good sign when choosing a new box. After all, in IDLE, the variation is almost nonexistent. However, in Gaming Load you will notice a considerable increase in temperature, which turns out to be normal in any box you use.
In other words, compared to other higher-range boxes, the iCUE 220T delivers on its promise. Incidentally, the passage of hot air at the back of the box is notorious, an excellent sign for the ‘Airflow’ imposed by the 3 excellent front fans.
Meanwhile, in terms of noise, we are talking about a box that produces 33.8 dBa in IDLE and 35.5 in Full Load. It is obvious that in this field the components you choose will make a difference. But we can already say that the fans that come with the box fulfill their mission without looking like an airplane taking off.
Corsair iCUE Software
As we said above, we have an RGB controller on this girl, which will connect to a USB 2.0 port on the motherboard. That said, after everything is connected, and the latest software version installed, you can start creating your own light show.
Interestingly, I am not a big fan of these RGB control software, yet it is easy to conclude that Corsair knows what it does in this department, offering a simple and light weight solution. Fortunately, it is not even necessary to create an account or log in anyway.
Corsair iCUE 220T – Conclusion
In my most honest opinion, the iCUE 220T RGB impresses strongly and ugly in the value it offers! After all, we have a box with a price that is not that high, offering a lot that we only find in the higher ranges. We have build quality, we have easy assembly, 3 beautiful RGB fans, with excellent performance and barely audible, in an extremely appealing package for any user.
We are talking about a box that is only 20 or 30 € more expensive than the set of fans and controller!
In addition, we have a thermal performance well above that expected by a compact design like this, as well as dust filters until we say enough. Yes, it is true that the space for storing cables could be a little bit bigger. But you also can't have something small, with space for the components, and even space for dispensing … It doesn't make any sense.
In the meantime, you can find this box well for € 114.90, as well as your very similar but cheaper brother from € 89.90 on GlobalData, link here. (if interested, use the coupon: GDLEAK20 for a small discount)
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