We are glad that FPS took the time to offer something original while following many other companies into this section of the case market. They could have been the ninth or tenth manufacturer to send us the same old chassis, but they took their own path, and we applaud them for it. The fact that they offered a frameless bezel on the front, and the screws are hidden; it raises the bar for what to expect in a chassis wrapped in tempered glass. Speaking of that, we also love the way the feet are designed to hold the side panels in place.
There is no fear of removing the screws and the panel falling off of the chassis here. Internally the CMT510 RGB is like many others, but we feel the lack of an HDD cage is also a plus. FSP finds a way to allow for four storage drives, and two can be 3.5" capacity monsters if need be too. On top of that, there is a hub to control lighting and does limit the ability to control the fan speed, but with the silence offered out of the box, the cooling is sufficient enough not to need to adjust it.
There are some things we wish were a bit different though. The top of the chassis could offer more cooling options, and there is a sticking point between us and the front thumbscrews. If there is a drive installed in the trays near the front of the case, they need to be removed to access the screws. This means any time you want to change fans or clean the intake filter; you do need to contemplate removing components to do so. We do wish the chassis was slightly taller, as then more water cooling options become available that can be found in other mid-towers, and we wish the GPU were easier to install. However, everything about the chassis works as intended, but looks may have superseded function a bit in this design.
In the end, the one other thing that will take the wind out of the sales of anyone on this side of the pond, it's the lack of availability and the price you have to shell out if you can find it. The CMT510 RGB was slated to cost only $90, and at that price, we feel it is a fair trade. The CMT510 RGB lived up to what we expected of it, and we can easily see paying near that price for one. However, the reality is we found two places we are not sure we would even give our credit card number to, and at nearer $140 than $100, the pricing is way out of line.
This is the reality for those in the US sadly, and had we been able to grab it at Newegg or Amazon at a respectable price, we would have gone ahead and recommended it. For those of you with access, by all means, give this FSP CMT510 RGB at try. As for those on the North American continent, wait it out and see what happens, as now is not the right time to strike.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line: The FSP CMT510 RGB chassis is sleek, has enough features to keep most happy, and in some parts of the world is a great deal to be had. However, we did find things which could be better, which also included availability on this side of the world!
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