Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In all, we have seen roughly a half dozen cases from FSP recently, and we are glad to say, that while all of them do share some aspects of design, so far each chassis has been distinguishable from one another. As time goes by, companies tend to revisit designs, adding things here and there, relocating others, maybe even removing things that did not need to be there; this is nothing new. With the chassis we have for you now, we are not looking at a direct redo, but for anyone who saw the FSP510, you may experience a bit of déjà vu.
That being said, there are some major, and some minor differences between the two, which jump right out at us. The CMT510 offered a trio of tempered glass panels, and the new chassis only offers two, but who wants to look at chassis wiring anyways. The top of the chassis is not as closed off as the CMT510, which is a huge plus for those looking to maximize air or liquid cooling. The feet have been changed, the motherboard tray is slightly different this time around, and rather than hidden trays for HDDs behind the motherboard, this time a cage is used. While there are a few more slight changes to see, what we have listed is the most obvious, and adjustments we feel that many may appreciate when it comes to figuring out which is the best for you.
In hand now is the FSP CMT340 Addressable RGB chassis, which is another mid-tower to enter the market. Keeping up with many of the trends available now in case designs and its feature sets, FSP does not leave you wanting more. What you are about to see ticks many of the boxes customers look for, including things like a view into the chassis, dust filtration, a PSU cover to keep things tidy looking, a removable HDD cage, all packed into a clean looking chassis that can be placed in just about any room of the house. If you are looking to spend less than $100 on a chassis, but still want it packed full of goodies, the CMT340 from FSP may just be the way to go.
The CMT340 is an ATX mid-tower chassis, which comes in black only. The chassis is made of SPCC steel, but also with bits of plastic, as well as a couple of tempered glass panels. At 13.7 pounds in weight, it is not as light as some, but the 368mm depth, the 206mm width, and the 471mm height plays into the realm of almost all of the mid-tower on the market today. The chassis is capable of housing an AXT, Micro-ATX, or ITX motherboard as well as a pair of 3.5" drives in a cage, which can also fit 2.5" drives, but there are two dedicated trays for 2.5" drives too. The CMT340 offers seven expansion cards, up to 350mm in length, which also makes this a good time to mention the 165mm CPU cooler height limitation, as well as the 170mm PSU length.
Cooling is handled with four fans installed by the factory. There are three RGB 120mm fans in the front of the chassis to bring air into the chassis. There is a matching 120mm fan hanging in the back of the chassis as well, used as an exhaust, for a positive pressure environment. The top of the chassis can also have a pair of fans installed, which can be 120mm or 140mm fans. The front of the chassis is designed to allow for water cooling components, with the option for a 240mm or 360mm radiator. The top of the chassis is restricted by the front I/O panel wiring to allow for a 240mm setup, but can possibly have a 240mm radiator placed there, as long as RAM and motherboard heat sinks allow for it.
We mentioned earlier that this could be a solid solution for your next build, and that you won't have to pay a ton to get it, and this is true. Looking to Newegg, we found the CMT340 listed at $99.99, just beating the $100 mark. We then looked to Amazon to see if we could save a dollar or two, but with FSP listed as the seller at both locations, it is not shocking that they also share the same $99.99 price point. In what you will see of the CMT340, we feel there is a boatload of bang-for-the-buck to be had; the chassis is aesthetically pleasing due not only to the glass but the addressable RGB fans as well. It takes a lot to stand out in the $100 mid-tower chassis game, but we feel that FSP has heard the masses, and delivered an admirable solution.
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)