Case Build & Finished Product
As we expected, not a single thing about the front view of the chassis has changed after the completion of the build. However, once power is added, the front of the chassis delivers quite the light show.
Since our AIO we use for testing is 280mm in size, we opted for air cooling this time. Even so, we have no issues fitting the taller 120mm tower, accessing the wires, routing them, or anything to keep us from a sleek looking completed PC. However, due to the shallow expansion slot screw cover, there is a bit of fiddling to do to get the video card mounted.
We were able to snap in the dust shield without any issues, and we already addressed the video card, however, securing it and replacing the cover were simple to achieve. Our PSU slid right in, but we soon found it was too long to fit into the chassis as it is shipped, so we removed the HDD cage and solved that issue.
A final look behind the scenes is of clean runs of wires, plenty of places to tie them too, and plenty of access for backplates, as the oversized Thermaltake backplate shows. Sadly, our motherboard does not support RGB, so without connecting the cable with the blue wire tie on it to the motherboard, we are limited to eighteen options of RGB LED illumination.
With everything now ready for power, it is not the view or the finished looks that we have an issue with. The sticker on the left side of the case is what got to us. We wish all companies would use clinging plastic stickers when placing them onto tempered glass. FSP uses a paper sticker, which does not come off cleanly, and takes a fair bit of fuss to scrape and clean the residue left behind after trying to remove it.
We love what FSP offers in the addressable RGB fans included with the CMT340. Keep in mind this is only one of the seventeen options, as one mode of the eighteen is turning the LEDs off. We also loved the amount of airflow we are given in the chassis, while never breaking 35 dB. However, that airflow comes at a cost, as in order to achieve it, the eliminated a dust filter for the front of the case, which means you will be cleaning the interior much more often.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [FSP CMT340 Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the CMT340]
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