FSP CMT210 Mid-Tower ATX PC Case Review @ ModSynergy.com
Back in 2015 I reviewed the FSP Group Twinkle 65 Slim Universal Notebook Adapter, which was an affordable notebook power supply that, at the time, was the smallest and lightest 65-watt notebook adapter in the world. It was my first introduction to FSP Group and was a positive experience.
Fast forward today (mid-2017), where I’ll be reviewing FSP’s CMT210 gaming oriented ATX mid-tower PC case. The CMT210 aims to provide those on a budget a modern PC chassis with lots of cooling capabilities, a sleek interior layout providing lots of expansion abilities including showcasing your SSDs up front, support for both tall air coolers and water cooling, support for lengthy high-end graphics cards, and closing it up with a clear side panel. All of this can be had for a competitive $59.99 USD and I’ll be testing the FSP CMT210 to see if it makes your money go the extra mile and is a worthy platform to invest in.
About FSP Group
"FSP Group is one of the global leading power supply manufacturer. Since its establishment in 1993, FSP Group has followed the management conception “service, profession, and innovation” to continuously fulfill its responsibilities as a green energy resolution supplier. With the combination of its leading role in power supply technology and the cultivation of green energy field, FSP Group now provides more competitive quality products and makes itself the most reliable partner for customers, consumers, and suppliers with joint creation of maximized values.
Under the continuous R&D in advanced technology and positioning in ultra-high efficiency, optimal product life, and development of alternative energy, FSP Group will introduce long- term accumulated power supply technology to more application fields to cover innovative products in ICT, consumer electronics, industrial, lighting, medical, and alternative energy.
FSP CMT210 Overview
The FSP CMT210 is a mainstream gaming case. It features a stylish metal mesh front panel, good intake airflow design and water cooling system for optimal cooling.
FSP CMT210 Product Features
FSP CMT210 Specifications
The FSP CMT210 comes in a plain brown box which is no surprise considering the price, but the design is still attractive as ink is printed throughout the box displaying a monochrome image of the case, splash graphic design in the background, part by part schematic of the case on the other side of the box, along with features and specifications to round off the box. I like that there are handles for easier transport on this box.
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Visual Overview (Exterior)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and while the CMT210 isn’t the Ferrari or Lamborghini in design, I do love the type of look that the CMT210 gives forth; to me it is still modern and functional. It may not be over the top fancy, but it’s got form over function on its side which I always appreciate more than substance with no function.
The styling of the FSP CMT210 is appreciated once laid out on a table to behold, with the front grille the first thing that strikes attention. Unlike the Raidmax Alpha RGB case I just reviewed that had a very restrictive front grille because it chose substance over function, the FSP CMT210 has an open mesh front metal grille that has none of those issues and air flows freely inside the chassis without much restriction. There is a foam filter sandwiched between the front grille, but still promotes free flowing airflow.
The bezel design of the front panel has colored of accents which can be purchased in matte black, ocean blue, fire red, and cool silver depending on the region you reside. These accents are not LED backlit, just static colored accents.
The FSP CMT210 doesn’t have a fancy RGB lighting system as included in the Raidmax Alpha RGB PC case recently reviewed, but one arguably more important advantage CMT210 has over the Raidmax Alpha RGB is that it includes two (2) pre-installed 120mm blue LED case fans, one in the front and one in the rear. Remember that the Raidmax Alpha RGB has a very restrictive front grille and came with only a single rear exhaust fan which is not adequate enough to cool a decent gaming PC.
Measurement wise the FSP CMT210 sizes in at 460 x 200 x 432mm (18.11" x 7.87" x 17.01") making it slightly more compact than the Raidmax Alpha RGB we just reviewed and lighter as well tipping the scales at only 10.31 LBS, something a system builder will definitely appreciate.
Let’s quickly point out some of the main features of the FSP CMT210. There’s a metal mesh front panel with a foam dust filter sandwiched in between, a bottom power supply honeycomb grille with a removable and washable dust filter, the front of the case can house either 3 x 120mm case fans or 2 x 140mm case fans or a single 360mm water cooler radiator, SSD owners will appreciate the ability to display and place 3 x 2.5” SSD’s up at the front of the case with a quick tool-free design, while HDD owners can store 3 x 3.5” HDD’s in CMT210, there is 7 x expansion slots making room for dual GPU setups, a clear side window, support for graphics cards with a maximum length of 360 mm (14.17"), CPU cooler support with a maximum height of 160mm (6.30"), 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HD headphone jack, and MIC jack.
The FSP CMT210 comes with a clear side panel typical of the ones already on the market. This one is not tinted smoky black color such as the one on the recently reviewed Raidmax Alpha RGB, which depending on your preference, subdues and blocks out most of the LED lighting from shining through and makes it harder to see your system components in clear view.
At the top of the front panel we find 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, HD Audio headphone jack, and a microphone jack. To the right of these connectivity ports we have a power on/off button, reset button, and blue LED drive indicator light. I would have liked to see (4) four USB 3.0 ports or a combination that includes Type-C especially now in 2017. USB 2.0 ports should be outlawed at this point, ha-ha :)
Visual Overview (Interior) & System Build Thoughts
The computing industry has essentially moved away from optical media and so FSP Group saw no need for a 5.25” drive bay on their CMT210. This exclusion provides better front case airflow and makes everything cleaner overall styling wise. Optical disc drives are pretty much obsolete nowadays considering video games can be downloaded on Steam for example, Windows 10 operating system installs can be downloaded online or purchased on a USB stick, and music downloads are done digitally long ago through services such as Apple iTunes. Should you desire to use an optical disc drive; an inexpensive portable USB drive will fit the bill.
Color scheme wise the FSP CMT210 utilizes black on black. Paint quality is top-notch with no paint defects seen anywhere in and around the case. Exterior paint quality has a slight texture to it but doesn’t feel powder-coated, but rather sticks with conventional liquid based paint that’s sprayed on with good paint thickness. The metal side panels aren’t too heavy at all and this helps lessen the overall weight of the system, but still remains strong enough and not paper flimsy.
The interior layout is powder-coated black with a nice textured feel.
Inspecting the interior layout of the FSP CMT210, it looks spacious and logically sectioned off for system components. There’s a nice and large CPU heatsink motherboard cutout so you can make CPU cooler changes down the road without having to remove the whole motherboard from the case.
Building inside the FSP CMT210 is one of the easiest pain free experiences I’ve ever had. I love this interior layout because it’s honestly one of the best interiors I’ve had the pleasure to build in. There’s room for everything one needs to build a great machine. There’s pretty much nothing wrong inside the CMT210, only the small nitpicks I can point out which are very few to begin with.
The motherboard standoffs, tool-less mounts for SSD, screws for system and HDD mounting, and zip-ties are included in a re-closable poly bag. There’s a multi-language user’s manual included but if you’ve ever built before, there’s really no reason to read it.
The motherboard tray has an adequate number of holes of various sizes surrounding it which can be used to route cables out of the way promoting clean cable management and clean system presentation. I very much appreciated these and just enough of them are present to aid in clean cabling. My only nitpick is that FSP should have enclosed these holes with rubber grommets to lessen the burden these power supply cables that may or may not be sleeved has resting and routing around metal.
To the bottom of the motherboard tray we find the power supply compartment which is superior to the one seen in the recently reviewed Raidmax Alpha RGB PC case. I complained in that review that the power supply compartment was too cramped which restricted larger power supplies from being used. In the case of the FSP CMT210, it has no such issues and is exactly what the Raidmax Alpha RGB should have been with the HDD cage shifted towards the front of the case. FSP has flawless execution in this regard shifting their HDD cage towards the front, but leaving enough room for a 360mm water cooling radiator to be used for extreme PC builds.
The Rosewill SilentNight 500W fan-less power supply, which measures 170 x 150 x 86 mm, had no issues with fitment inside the FSP CMT210, whereas this same power supply was a pain the rear to remove in the Raidmax Alpha RGB as the cabling got sandwiched in between the HDD cage. There’s approximately 40-50 mm of extra space in this power supply compartment, which would allow you to use practically any high-end power supply on the market.
Speaking of the HDD cage, the FSP CMT210 is able to place 3 x 3.5” HDD’s inside the chassis. You could potentially have 30TB worth of storage inside the FSP CMT210. Six special screws are included for mounting on the left side of the hard drive and only in the rear and center positions of the hard drive. This will allow the hard drive to be inserted in the rail system and then tightened on the other side. You can get away with hand tightening these screws along with using thumbscrews on the other side if you wanted to.
Those with SSD’s will definitely love that they can display and place 3 x 2.5” SSD’s up at the front of the case with a quick tool-free design. Two are mounted vertically along the right side of the case and using the holes surrounding the motherboard tray you place both data and power cables to the SSD, while the third SSD is mounted on top of the HDD cage. These SSD’s are visible with the clear window side panel mounted. The process is so easy to work with.
Excellent job FSP!
The 2 x 120mm blue LED fans (FSP CF12S11 DC 12V 0.15A) that come included and pre-installed in the FSP CMT210 are FSP’s mainstream case fans. These aren’t your typically run of the mill cheap case fan; the design is superior and more stylish than a basic case fan. The fans are of the sleeve and 3-pin variety, not of the 4-pin PWM variety so you cannot dynamically control the fan speed via BIOS or software app. If for reasons you’re not happy with the quietness of the fans, you can purchase and use a low-voltage adapter with these fans, but the airflow being slightly under 40 CFM will obviously be less. I don’t know why you’d want to slow down the fans when the noise is only rated at 20 dBA which is pretty much silent. The fan quality is high grade with fancy style casing and thick plastic being used which makes it feel that it’ll hold up very well over the years.
The two FSP CF12S11 fans included have these specs…
System Build Example
Where Can I Buy One? For How Much?
The FSP CMT210 Mid-Tower ATX PC Case can be purchased on Amazon USA for $59.99 with free shipping. If you prefer to shop on Amazon like I do, then the FSP CMT210 Mid-Tower ATX PC Case is going to be Fulfilled by Amazon and not through a third party. This makes the purchase safer in terms of getting what you paid for and this way you can have Amazon's protection.
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The FSP CMT210 is an excellent PC chassis to build in no matter the budget pricing it has on it. The inexpensive $59.99 USD price tag is just a bonus. It may not be Ferrari or Lamborghini fancy or have an RGB lighting system, but CMT210 has function over form, and for some people that is most important.
At the end of the day, the CMT210 provides pain-free system building and is easily one of the best cases I’ve worked with. The interior layout is spacious and logical accommodating storage drives with 3 x 2.5” SSD’s and 3 x 3.5” HDD’s able to be mounted. Dual GPU owners need not worry with seven PCI expansion slots to work and support for 360mm long graphics cards, along with a power supply compartment large enough to accommodate practically any high-end power supplies on the market.
Cooling wise the FSP CMT210 is no slouch either, having a total of four fan mounting locations and ability to place a 360mm water cooling radiator up front against the free flowing metal mesh grille that cool air can flow through.
I have no reservations recommending the FSP CMT210 mid-tower PC case. It’s a PC case I can envision myself using, and therefore the FSP CMT210 earns our highest award; Editor’s Choice!