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Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB review: This bright and colorful PC case will make a lasting impression

This is one of the best mid-tower cases for fans of RGB lighting.

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB
(Image: © Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

Corsair makes some of the best PC cases in terms of design. The Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB was praised by my colleague and Windows Central senior writer Cale Hunt for its intuitive design and excellent airflow. The company is back with the iCUE 5000T RGB, which is essentially the same case but with some notable improvements, including preinstalled RGB fans and a far more capable fan and LED hub controller.

It's also designed with more of an emphasis on airflow, thanks to the swap of the front glass panel for one with countless small, perforated holes. There's plenty of expansion too, thanks to its mid-tower form factor, allowing one to install up to three 360mm radiators for far more thermal cooling capacity than you'll likely require.

Do these changes make the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB one of the best PC cases around?

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB: Price and availability

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB

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The Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB costs $400 at launch, which is a sizeable chunk of change for just a PC case alone. You get for what you pay for with this chassis, however. It's built to an incredibly high standard, has solid thermal performance, and is designed with more advanced PC builds in mind.

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB: At a glance

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB

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As a larger mid-tower PC case, the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB will easily handle a motherboard up to the size of E-ATX. You've got countless mounting points for radiators (up to three 360mm in total) and fans, and even the best graphics card with a monstrous shroud will easily fit inside.

It's heavy, thanks to all the materials used, so I recommend caution when initially unpacking the 5000T RGB. Included with the case are all the necessary screws to install components, some Velcro cable ties, normal plastic cable ties, and other accessories you may require. That's all you really need as everything else is preinstalled.

CategoryCorsair iCUE 5000T RGB
I/O4x USB-A 3.0
1x USB-C 3.1
1x Headphone/microphone
Expansion9 PCI (2 vertical)
Storage2x 2.5-inch SSD
2x 2.5-inch SSD/3.5-inch HDD
Included fans3x Corsair LL120 on front
Front rad360mm/280mm
Side rad360mm/280mm
Top rad360mm/280mm
Rear rad120mm
ClearanceGPU: 400mm
CPU: 170mm
Dimensions20.87 x 9.88 x 22.05 inches
(530mm x 251mm x 560mm)
Weight33 pounds (15kg)
Warranty2 years
ColorBlack, white

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB: Hardware & design

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB

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Receiving the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB in white, the case is quite the looker. Upfront is a panel with a triangular hole design for the front fans to draw in cool air. This is a major switch from the 5000X RGB, which had a full tempered glass window. This can quickly be removed thanks to the use of magnets.

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB gets airflow and design just right for a stunning PC case.

The same goes for the two side panels, one being tempered glass so you can gaze at the clean interior. The doors themselves are hinged, so accessing the inside of the PC is easier than ever if you want to make a quick change/fix. They're weighty but don't cause the case to topple over.

The top panel is held on using plastic clips. They're the old, traditional style, which is a shame as magnets would be a far superior option, but it doesn't require too much force to remove the panel. With all the panels out the way, it's quickly apparent just how much space there is with which to work.

This case comes with three preinstalled 120mm Corsair LL120 fans on the front. There isn't any present up top or on the rear, so you will need to bring some cooling of your own for a fully functional PC build. Corsair makes it easy to hook up to five RGB fans to the RGB and fan controller located on the rear of the motherboard tray.

This Commander Core XT controller is able to handle up to six fans without the use of splitters, as well as an additional channel for any RGB strips you may have. And there are four of these installed already from Corsair's factory. The company puts additional emphasis on RGB lighting outside the case with two located on the top and two below.

The primary radiator locations are top and front. There's an additional location on the side, behind the cable motherboard tray cover. This needs to be removed if you plan on installing a radiator here, which does open up the rear of the case internally. Luckily, Corsair thought of this and routes cabling around the side of the cutout so they're kept out the way.

One feature of the 5000X RGB that didn't make the cut for the 5000T RGB is the internal swing door that hides all the cabling. This isn't required since there's no tempered glass on this side, but worth noting in case you don't enjoy neatly routing cables inside your case. An HDD tray is present with two bays but can be removed if you need more space for the PSU.

Two SSD mounts are found on the rear of the motherboard tray, and that's it for storage. This shouldn't be a problem with modern motherboards, especially enthusiast-grade as they usually come with three or more M.2 slots. The rear of the 5000T RGB has seven PCI slots, as well as two vertical and your usual layout for motherboard I/O and a single 120mm fan mount.

Corsair did an amazing job designing the 5000 series and the iCUE 5000T RGB is simply stunning.

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB: Building a PC

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB

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The process of actually building a computer using the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB is a streamlined process. Removing all the panels is easy and accessing all the internal compartments doesn't require any tools. I went with an ATX motherboard for the foundation of this test PC. So long as you know how to build your own PC the right way, you'll be fine here.

You'll have no issues with cooling using the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB.

You can have up to three radiators installed inside the 5000T RGB, though you'll struggle to install one on the front and side simultaneously. The vertical metal cable shroud doesn't actually hide any cables, so if you do go with installing a radiator alongside the motherboard, you won't need to worry about seeing a spaghetti junction.

Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB

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Corsair did a fine job routing the preinstalled cabling, and those from your PSU and other components will be easy to tidy up for a clean finish. Corsair's fan controller is perfect for installing numerous fans on all mount locations for maximum airflow. If you have supported RGB blowers that will work with the RGB headers, you can use iCUE to control all lighting.

The X570 motherboard has more than enough M.2 slots for my test drives, but having the optional 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch bays is ideal for PCs where you'll store lots of data, like a gaming desktop. You'll have no issue fitting even the biggest GPU inside the iCUE 5000T RGB, though larger power supplies may cause a problem with a tight fit below the PSU shroud.