Corsair’s latest case offering is a mid-tower ATX smart case named the iCUE 220T RGB Airflow and it sure is quite eye catching with its solid steel framework and the whimsical patterned design cut into the front panel. The case comes in two different colours and we opted to review the black version.
Is the iCUE 220T RGB Airflow worth purchasing ? The answer is entirely dependent on your own particular needs but for a mid-tower ATX case offering, Corsair sure have brought the fire with this product and we’ll explain why shortly.
First up though, the technical specs:
Dimensions (L x W x H)
395mm x 210mm x 450mm
Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Front: 3x 120mm, 2x 140mm (3x SP120 RGB PRO included)
Top: 2x 120mm, 2x 140mm
Rear: 1x 120mm
Front: 360mm / 280mm
Expansion Slots (Main)
ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
2x 2.5″ SSDs
2x 3.5″ HDDs
CPU Cooler: 160mm
Front, PSU, Top
USB 3.0 (x2)
Headphone / Microphone (x1)
Included Fan Specifications
SP120 RGB PRO
Quantity Included: 3
Speed (rpm): 1400 ±10% RPM
Airflow (@ rated speed): 52 CFM
Static Pressure: 1.45 mm-H2O
Sound Level: 26 dBA
PWM Control: No
The iCUE 220T RGB Airflow is an eye-catching case. This however is within reason and the case doesn’t scream “GAMING” nor does it have any over the top gimmicky design elements that work against it. That said, the tempered glass side panel and the front panel, with the artistic design cut into it, will still grab your attention immediately even when the RGB fans are not spinning inside the case. We quite like the case’s overall aesthetics and feel as if Corsair have learned a lot from some of their previous designs over the years.
The case is not all that heavy coming in at only 6.5kg. This is an immediate plus point in our books since it makes the case far more portable should the need arise to move your PC build away from your desk.
The front panel is fully detachable and Corsair have clearly learned from their previous case design flaws and have increased the amount of clearance between the panel and the dust filter located underneath it. This allows for far more airflow from the front panel and will help with cooling quite a bit. One minor gripe we had with the front panel however was the fact that there isn’t a hand grip on the under-side of the case. This makes moving the case a slight problem but not one that isn’t manageable. We just wish that there was some sort of grip or groove available on the underside so as to not drop it by accident.
The case’s included SP120 RGB PRO fans and the iCUE Lighting Node CORE are its major selling point. Especially when you consider the fact that the fan kit alone is quite pricey if you were to buy it as a separate product. The SP120 RGB PRO fans each have 8 LEDs which can be fully customized using Corsairs iCUE software and when fully lit up, these look absolutely gorgeous.
Corsair haven’t skimped on the build quality of the case’s frame. The steel framework is incredibly sturdy and doesn’t flex at all even when quite a bit of force is applied. The tempered glass side panel is attached to the case with thumbscrews and so is the opposite side panel. Standard fare for any self-respecting PC case. The front panel can be removed quite easily by simply pulling on it with a bit of force. Taking the front panel off reveals an easy to remove dust filter that is located just in front of the intake fans. This isn’t the only dust filter either. There’s 2 more in the case, at the bottom and at the top, and this ensures that users will be able to easily clean their system with minimal effort when dust builds up. The I/O up on the top panel is well placed and the blue of the USB ports gives the case some added pizazz in our opinion.
There’s 7 horizontal expansion slots located at the back and disappointingly, no vertical slots are included which makes vertical GPU mounting a problem unless you find a workaround solution. The case does not ship with a rear mounted fan but there is a space for placing one should you decide to do so in the future.
The inner bottom section of the case features a PSU shroud to cover your PSU as well as a removable drive bay. When building into the case, given its mid-tower form factor, we’d suggest starting with the PSU and then adding your additional components afterwards. This gives you more freedom when it comes to cable management and since there isn’t as much space to work with as with the Carbide 678C we reviewed earlier this year, you may have to plan out your build beforehand. Since this is a Mid-Tower, you’d want to ensure that there’s enough clearance for your cables and your components to maintain adequate airflow around the case.
Lastly, the case does feature a lot of air vents and even with the tempered glass side panel on, you’re going to hear your system fans running, especially under load.
Overall, the iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Smartcase from Corsair is a solid Mid-Tower case to consider. The bundled fans and Lighting Node CORE controller sweeten the deal and Corsair’s build quality is excellent throughout. If you need a sturdy case with RGB lighting and don’t mind having a Mid-Tower, building into the 220T RGB is a pleasure thanks to the cable passthroughs, thumbscrews and easily removable panels. At it’s current price point, of R1699, it’s quite an attractive buy when you consider the price of the included fans and Lighting Node CORE controller alone.