There is much to like with the FPS CMT230. We like the simplicity, the open interior, water cooling options, and the layout and feature set will keep many happy. The aesthetic is not aggressive, allowing the chassis to fit in nearly any environment, the blue glow is a nice touch, and allowing us a view of the components is also a good selling point. The CMT230 is affordable, and even if we did find a few smaller issues along the way, we were able to complete the build and have an end product that many beginners would be more than pleased with.
However, with the good comes some of the bad. The point that sticks out the most to us is the flimsy nature of the chassis. With the panels off of the case, it is easily warped out of square and lead to a couple of other things we noticed. First is the complications it offers when trying to install the dust shield. The metal would flex away from the I/O cover, and with half of it clipped in, when we tried to clip in the other side, the first side popped right back out. There is one instance where the thin metal comes in handy, and that is when you can flex it to allow the GPU to be installed, as otherwise, much force would be needed, risking the damage of something.
While the fans are quiet and recorded at just 28 dB a foot away from the case, they are powered by a Molex plug for starters and do not provide enough flow to keep our temperatures where other cases can. The last sticking point is that with typical PSU cables like we used, some areas have you forcing cables through the metal, as we feel the designers assume everyone has custom cables or flat cables on the PSU.
Typically, if we were to run across a chassis like this, we would expect to be paying something less than $40. However, FSP is charging you another $30 for LED fans that do not do much good other than when lighting up the interior of the chassis. At $69.99, we would expect many of the oddities to not be present in the chassis, and we do expect thermal results to be better than what we saw. Yes, the chassis is silent. Yes, the chassis has water cooling potential. Yes, the chassis did get the job done in the end. If it were our $70 though, we would keep shopping, as with just one or two of the issues, we could have glossed over it a bit, but the market today demands more, and we do not feel that the FSP CMT230 is the right choice.
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)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||75%|
The Bottom Line: The CMT230 will house your components, and the style is likeable. However, we found that it is not very sturdy, the cooling is not up to par, and even with fancy lighting and a view of the interior, there are better solutions out there.
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