At the end of it all, the FSP CMT340 ends up impressing us. At first, we were like here we go again, more of the same thing again, but FSP has proved out assumptions wrong. Yes, it is yet another tempered glass mid-tower with fans LED fans, but, at the same time, we feel there is much to appreciate in this instance.
Room for a pair of AIOs, room enough for a custom loop, options for additional cooling, modularity of the HDD cage, ease of use, and relative ease of the build process all stand out to us. We do suggest you plan ahead and thing carefully if using this chassis, as using things like an AIO in the front and a larger PSU means you will have no way of using the 3.5" drive mounting, and to some, this may be an issue. Still though, even with the few bugs we found, we find it hard not to recommend you give it a close look if looking for a sub $100 mid-tower chassis.
While airflow is sufficient to keep the interior of the chassis and the components cool, and not that much noise associated with it, it does lead us to one thing that many will not like. The lack of a dust filter in the front of the case. This means more frequent cleaning, although, you could slap on a magnetic filter from a third party if you wish, but know it will reduce airflow. We also found that fitting the GPU is a bit of a pain, and for the novice builders who will gravitate to a chassis like this, we feel that the force needed may have users feeling like they are doing something wrong.
Had the opening to fit the GPU been two or three millimeters wider, the cards would slot into the board without issue, and could have been an easy fix, but it is what it is. While the sticker on the chassis does not block the view of anything important, we do think many will want to peel it off. That said, using a paper sticker is near torture. Even after attempting to heat the sticker prior to removal, it still made a mess we had to spend time cleaning up.
Right out of the box, with the guide in hand, we see no reason why a build cannot be completed, now that you have all of the information at hand. We also feel that the aesthetic and feature set do help to leave is with a good feeling about what FSP is offering. Yes, there are a couple of very minor things to deal with, it's just that they are more things to be aware of to simply your time with the CMT340, and not anything that are deal killers.
At $99.99, we feel that FPS has put a lot into this case, and even if your motherboard is not RGB capable, there is still a brilliant show of illumination, with many options to choose from with just the press of a button. For us, the CMT340 Addressable RGB Mid-Tower chassis has rendered our gut feeling worthless, and has won us over with what FSP provides in this 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)
The Bottom Line
The CMT340 is a chassis that surprised us! Good airflow, a well appointed interior, sturdy build, and inclusions of Addressable RGB fans, a glass door without holes in it, all come together, along with the cost, to have us recommend you see it for yourself!