By: Hai Wang
May 31, 2019
For many of us, doing things require purpose. We cannot start to do things without knowing what the goals are. In terms of traveling, I believe no one would start their journey without knowing the destination. At least for me, I would always start a road trip by setting up Google Maps. At church, the pastor teaches us our ultimate purpose in life should be serving God. Purpose is everywhere in our lives and some should never be changed. However, we have to admit we often fall short. Take me, for example. About two years ago, I got myself a gym membership. My original purpose was to go and shake some weight out. After a few times, I thought I could get some chicken wings since I had already burned lots of calories. This is because, according to my calculations, the calories I can possibly gain from a meal of chicken wings are always less than the number showing on the cardio treadmill after I finish my training routine. In theory, I should not gain any more weight. Eventually, going to gym became my excuse of eating chicken wings, as opposed to my original losing weight purpose. In fact, my weight was quite stable over the years, thanks to both the gym membership and the chicken wings. As for today's review unit, the FSP CMT340, the purpose of owning one is pretty simple and obvious: To build a computer with stunning RGB lighting effects without buying additional RGB fans and their corresponding RGB controller. This is because this computer case has both RGB fans and the RGB controller included. Want to find out how cool the FSP CMT340 will turn out after pushing the start button? Let us read on and find out!
Today’s review unit was shipped from Chino, California, USA to us here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Although you may see a beat up corner on the parcel, there are actually no signs of unacceptable damage on the shipping box itself that may make you nervous about the safety of the case. After more than a thousand miles of transportation, I can take one hit on the corner -- well done, FedEx Ground. Usually, a good retail package design can draw people’s attention and make the product itself stand out among hundreds of other products on the shelf. However, the realm of computer cases is different. Most of the time, the dealer will either directly put sample cases on the shelf or just demonstrate some fully built computers using those chassis. Therefore, it is mostly unnecessary to have a fancy retail package for a computer tower. At least for me, I would not buy a computer case just because it looks great on the box.
The retail package of FSP CMT340 is simply a brown cardboard box. It shows a nice black-and-white sketch of the product. The graffiti background on the front suggests this product is mainly for gaming PC builds. At the front side, the company’s name FSP is present on the top left of the box. The model name "CMT340" is located below the company logo, as you can see from the above picture. Interestingly, if you just look at the retail package, it is actually hard to tell how do this product's RGB fans look like. I believe that is fine, since customers may have already seen this product's pictures from the Internet, such as from this website.
Upon opening the box, you will see the case is wrapped inside a big plastic bag. The plastic bag is strong enough to prevent the paint from getting scratches. You can keep the plastic bag, since it can be reused if you want to take your computer to other places. An extra layer of protection has always been a good thing. Since the whole chassis is supported by two pieces of foam brackets around the case, there is no direct contact from the shipping package and therefore no damage is found on the case. As a computer case with sleek design, there are not a lot of things in the box other than the computer case and a user’s manual. The bag that contains all the hardware is located somewhere inside the case. We just need to take the tempered glass panel off and see.
For you to know the FSP CMT340 a little bit more, the specifications of the mid-tower from its official website is listed below:
Model Name: CMT340
Type: ATX Mid Tower
Dimension DxLxH (mm) / (inch): 368 x 202 x 471mm / 14.49 x 8.11 x 18.54inch
Weight: 6.2kg / 13.66lbs
Materials: SPCC, Plastic, Glasses x 2
3.5" HDD: 2
2.5" SSD: 2
External I/O port: USB3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Expansion slots: 7
MotherBoard Support: ATX, Micro ATX, ITX
Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 160mm (6.29")
VGA Card Length: 350 mm (13.77")
Fan Including(pre-install): Front: Addressable RGB x 3; Rear: Addressable RGB x 1
Fan&Water Cooler Supply: Front: 120mm x 3 or 360mm; Radiator Top:120/140mmx2 or 240mm Radiator; Rear: 120mm x 1
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion