FSP CMT510 Plus Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Outside

Like the name of the FSP CMT510 Plus supposes, this case is another iteration of the CMT510. The only difference between these two cases is the ARGB fans in this case instead of the RGB fans found in the original version. The CMT510 Plus features three tempered glass panels. The front and right-side panels are more tinted than the left side panel, hiding any cables that might be behind it. The left side panel is more clear compare to the other two panels, providing an easy view of the components you put inside your PC. This chassis keeps the traditional box design. The CMT510 Plus measurements are a depth of 491mm, height of 448mm, and width of 208mm. The weight of this is quite heavy at 10.89kg, due in part to the tempered glass. I like the simple and clean design of the CMT510 Plus with its black shade, shape, and tempered glass that gives it a sophisticated look, as FSP would say.

The front-facing I/O panel can be found at the top of the FSP CMT510 Plus likewise to the CMT510, but with a small change. Starting on the left side, we have two USB 3.0 connectors. Next is the 3.5mm audio and microphone jacks with their indicators below them. There are two LED indicators. What is new here is a button to control the RGB lighting functionality. After the RGB controller is a dedicated reset switch. On the original CMT510, the reset switch used to be either used for resetting the computer or for controlling the fan lighting. It is nice to see these two buttons separated so users can do both without any rewiring. Finally, we have the power button, which is slightly bigger than the other buttons. At the far right, we have FSP’s logo printed here. The buttons have a nice tactile feedback, much like the CMT510.

The back of the FSP CMT510 Plus is standard to any mid-tower ATX case. At the top, we have the motherboard cutout alongside a 120mm fan that is already mounted. Underneath, we have seven horizontal expansion slots that you can remove or reinstall. There is a lock on the expansion slots that you will need to remove with a single screw before getting access to these slots. There is no support for vertical GPU mounting. The tempered glass panel on the back is much darker than the front. This aids in hiding the cables as it makes seeing the cables quite difficult. Despite the fact that the cables are hard to see, this does not mean that you can have messy cable management as the cables are still slightly visible. The position of the hard drive mounts in the back allows you to display your drives.

The bottom of the FSP CMT510 Plus has four large feet that hold the two tempered glass side panels. I did find that one of the holes for the screws to hold in the tempered glass panel did not line up very well, but may be just a problem on my review unit. These legs have a little lip to hold the glass up. These feet create clearance from the surface the case sits upon to allow airflow underneath the case for the PSU. It has two dust filters; one at the front and one at the back. The one at the front is designed for a fan, while the one at the back is designed for the PSU. Unfortunately, while these filters seem to be satisfactory in preventing dust from entering the case, they are also quite cheap for a case of this caliber, as they cannot be easily removed for cleaning without flipping over the case.

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