System Build and Installation
The following hardware is included in this build:
- Gigabyte x570 AORUS Pro Wifi Motherboard
- AMD 3900X Processor
- 2 x 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200MHz Ram
- MSI RX480 Gaming X 8GB GPU
- AMD Wraith Cooler Cooler
- Corsair HXi 750W PSU
The iCUE 220T RGB has been the one of the most compact mid-towers I have ever built-in. It had no problems fitting my new AMD build, but before you venture into building into the 220T verify that you have enough clearances. Pay special attention to your GPU length as without a front radiator you only have 300mm of clearance.
Getting our components into the 220T was a breeze and even with its compact size, there were no issues installing components or routing cables. I was able to maintain a nice clean look thanks mainly to the ample amount of cabling options around the motherboard and the flat stock cables of the Corsair HXi 750W PSU.
Once booted up I really like the look of the front grill with the three SP120 RGB fans running the “Rainbow Wave” profile. The case does seem to have great airflow with our temps being a few degrees lower than our previous case. I believe the thermals would probably even be a little bit better if we were to install a 120mm exhaust fan.
At the back of the 220T, I was able to tie down my cables with the ties down at the left of the cable. I did have to end up running my CPU cables on the left side as well as I didn’t have enough length to cleanly run them on the right. This did make the left side a little congested with cables and putting on the back panel did take a little effort. Unless you have custom cables created, I would find it extremely difficult to use the included HDD cage. Since I wasn’t using any 3.5” drives, it wasn’t an issue for me but I did require the space to store the slack of my PSU cables.
Overall, the build was fairly painless but I did wish I had a little more room between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel. So if you have bulky PSU cables, you might have to get a little creative to re-attach the panel.