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FSP CMT230 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By Chad Sebring from May 8, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: FSP

Inside the CMT230





Removing the bezel is hampered by the fact that all of the wires are attached to it. There is a dust filter in the front of the chassis, but it is a pain to remove, and we can see wires poking through, which is how the logo is attached. The front of the chassis has two fans there already, but there is room above for a third if you do not need to populate the optical bays.





With the panel out of the way, we can see the large opening to accept the bulk of your hardware. The wires are bundled or run behind the motherboard tray to keep from hitting the plastic window. We also see the manual laying on the PSU cover, and you may want to give this a look through before continuing forward.




At the top of the chassis, looking at the inside of the front, we see that the wires have a large hole to pass through, and it will keep wires out of the fans. The bays have break-out panels, and short side supports on the left while mounting the drives on the right is done through the motherboard tray.




Moving lower, we run into the frame which holds the pair of fans in place. This can be used to support other fans or a radiator, but you can see the lowest fan location is blocked off by the PSU cover.




The top of the chassis will take on three 120mm fans, a pair of 140mm fans, or radiators. However, due to the lack of room inside, even radiators from an AIO can be too thick when looking at 140mm fan-based cooling solutions. 120mm solutions are set far enough away from the motherboard not to matter.




The motherboard tray has a large opening to access cooler back plates; standoff locations are marked with numbers. There are eleven places to tie wires to, a few holes at the top and to the right for wires, but the bulk of them are intended to go through the slit to the right.

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