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FSP CMT210 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2017 2:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: FSP

Inside the CMT210

 

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With a hole at the bottom to grasp the bezel with, it is easily removed from the front of the CMT210. At the same time, we see that the wires are attached to the bezel and that the dust filter inside of the bezel is fastened into the plastic, making it tough to remove and clean.

 

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The inside of the chassis is one vast chamber, only broken up by the HDD cage where the hardware is strapped to. The chassis wires are run behind the tray at the top but return to the front at the bottom, and are tied together, so they do not flop around and cause any damage in transport.

 

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The front of the CMT210, at the top, we see that the front of the chassis has slots to accept 120mm and 140mm fans at nearly any height and adjustment. There is not an ODD bay in this case, but we do see two of the 2.5" drive mounting locations built into the motherboard tray.

 

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Still, at the front of the chassis, just this time looking towards the floor, we find the 120mm blue LED fan that ships in the front of the CMT210. Just behind the fan is an HDD cage which can house three 3.5" drives requiring screws to mount them, and on the top of the cage is the third location to mount a 2.5" drive.

 

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The motherboard tray is clearly labeled for standoff placement and has a large CPU cooler access hole near the top. We also find seven total locations where wires can be passed through the tray, none of which use grommets, and there are also twelve places to tie wires to.

 

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The floor of 6the chassis is used to support a PSU on top of four raised sections of steel. We can also see that the bottom of the motherboard tray is wide open, allowing the wires from the PSU to go through to the back without any hassle at all.

 

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The back of the chassis is where we find the second 120mm blue LED fan that is shipped inside of the CMT210, and we can also make out the lead ends in a 3-pin connection. The expansion slots are offered where the top two are removable and replaceable, but the following five are break-out covers.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we do not find anything special, no hidden bays, or any fan hub or LED hub. What we do get is a motherboard tray that is inset 15mm from the frame, and has many ways to route wires so that the bump in the side panel can be utilized as extra space for bulk wire runs.

 

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We like that the USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and HD Audio cables are sleeved with a black coating. However, we do think that FSP should have also covered the multi-colored wires from the HDD LED, power switch, and reset switch leads.

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