Comparing the CMT520 RGB to the CMT330, which shares many of the same ideas and components, hands down the CMT520 RGB wins. Even when looking back at the original tempered glass case from FSP, the CMT510, we feel that the better chassis is the CMT520 again. FSP did away with the restrictions the earlier chassis had and has made this chassis much easier to work with, it can be argued it is more feature rich, and even though we lost the glass panel on the right, we never liked looking at wires anyways. Cooling is finally to a point we can accept, with the three cases we have seen as of late, because not only can it take air in from the sides and the bottom, but the gap between the glass and the bezel is another opportunity to draw in fresh air. We like that are components were at an average level for a mid-tower chassis, and we also like the new implementation of RGB control, whether via the hub or the adapter cable.
We did run across a few things though, some of which we do not mind, some of which can be a deal killer. The one thing that sticks out the most is a complete lack of dust filtration at the front. Yes, it may look ugly to have it, but many buyers will not look at a chassis with no intake filter. We still find that the expansion cards are tough to install. We did not care for the fact that the chassis was slightly damaged, but FSP would have sent another to us, and we would expect they would do the same for anyone. We do feel it brings up the level of protection though, as it apparently wasn't enough. Anything else we ran across we explained in the CMT330 review, but hey, at least the cooling is sufficient while not raising the level of noise past 30 dB in the CMT520 RGB.
We feel, that for those not out to spend a ton on something to house your components you are a perfect candidate for FSP. In the CMT520 RGB, they can deliver, style, elegance, sleekness, low noise, roominess, RGB fans, and tempered glass where it mattered most. FSP can do all of this while breaking just beyond the $100 mark, and we cannot fault them for the $109.99 price point either. The chassis is up to the task at hand; it offers compatibility with newer motherboard RGB headers for custom LED options the chassis does not deliver with the included RGB fan hub and does pack in a lot of bang for the buck. While there is a long line of cases similar to what the CMT520 RGB has brought forward, many are much more expensive, and do not deliver in features to overwhelm us to shy away from this FSP chassis.
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)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: While not perfect in every way, FSP is moving in the right direction. The CMT520 RGB delivers things at a price point others cannot contend with, and do so with style and a sleek black look that many will gravitate to!
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