FSP CMT260 Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

After removing the tempered glass side panel, we can have a closer look into the interior. The black color remains constant throughout the entire case. The PSU shroud covers almost all of the bottom of the case while leaving a small bit of space at the front for a fan. We have very little space underneath the shroud, given there is a drive bay underneath. On top of the shroud, there are holes cut out in a honeycomb pattern. There are two cut outs along the PSU shroud, which allow for cables to be routed more easily to the GPU. The interior design of this case is very simplistic and flat.

Alongside the top are more cable management cut outs. I found this cut out to be satisfactory in fitting the CPU power cable as well as routing a fan cable to the back of the case. On the top of the case, you can mount up to two 120mm fans or a full 240mm radiator. The space for the radiator is quite tight and may face problems regarding space. Additionally, there is a magnetic dust filter to further reduce dust intake as previously mentioned. There is a small amount of space to place fans here, so you must consider the amount of space you need for the CPU cable or motherboard. There is an additional preinstalled 120mm fan in the back and preinstalled standoffs for an ATX motherboard. There is also a large opening for the back of the motherboard for users to install a backplate for third-party CPU coolers. This will help in the future by letting you install or replace your CPU cooler after the motherboard is installed. The case can support coolers up to 170mm in height.

There are two cut outs as mentioned before on the PSU shroud. These two cut outs allow for easy cable routing. There is no dedicated cut out of GPU power, making cable management a little harder and potentially with a worse outcome in terms of looks. Looking at the clearance for the graphics card, the FSP CMT260 allows for up to 325mm cards. There are seven expansion slots as I have mentioned on the previous page you can break off with the addition of two extra brackets. There is a lock on the expansion slots that you can remove with one screw.

There are no preinstalled front intake fans. There is enough space at the front of the case for three 120mm fans. Fortunately, the front of the case does have a dust filter, reducing the amount of dust entering the system. This is an excellent addition, given how essential it is for easy maintenance. Additionally, the FSP CMT260 has about 30mm of space at the front of the case to allow for better air intake. It would be very good to invest in some additional fans, as this case already has enough space for air intake as well as a dust filter.

As for the single fan, it uses a Molex connection. The issue with this design is when you connect the fans to your PSU using Molex, you lose the ability to control the fan speed. A better implementation of fans would be to use a 4-pin, or at the very least, a 3-pin fan to connect to your motherboard so your computer can automatically adjust the fan speed based on temperature.

The back of the FSP CMT260 looks standard compared to other cases on the market. The CMT260 includes two vertical 2.5” drive mounts with the addition of a 3.5” drive bay. The two 2.5” mounts can be found on the left of the case, while the 3.5” drive bay sits at the bottom. The CMT260 has plenty of cable tie loops to hold down cables. This allows for cleaner cable management, which is essential for a case of this smaller form factor. It would have been nice to see Velcro straps included to make the cable management look better, but nevertheless, this is a budget case. Furthermore, there is about 20mm of space behind the motherboard to the back panel. This is an adequate amount of space and will not be too hard for most users to build in.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion