FSP CST110 Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Outside

The FSP CST110 is a smaller SFX small tower case. The front of the case has a small portion at the bottom to take in fresh air to flow through to the rest of the computer. The left side panel is made from SPCC and plastic, offering little to no view of the interiors of the case -- this is intentional, of course. There are a few holes in the side of this panel to allow for some additional airflow and some mounting points for up to a single 120mm fan. With the added four additional small claw-like hooks, the panel is capable of sitting in position without having been screwed in on the back, as the hooks are long enough to keep them in place. I still do recommend screwing in the panel, but there is very little harm if the panel does fall off, given this case has no glass side panel. The right side panel is quite generic, as it is merely a metal panel to cover up the cables, which is a good choice as it is harder to cable manage in a smaller case like this. The CST110 measurements come in at a length of 350mm, a depth of 140mm, and a height of 335mm. The weight of this case is quite light as there is no tempered glass side panel. I like the patterned design of the CST110 as it gives this case a little more appeal compared to other simple box designs.

The I/O panel can be found on the top of the FSP CST110 near the front panel. Location of the I/O works decently well in setups like mine, where the PC rests on the right side of the desk, but excels when positioned closer to the floor. This is a very standard position for the I/O in most cases. From left to right, we have the reset switch, two USB 3.1 Type-A connectors sandwiching the 3.5mm audio and microphone jacks with inscriptions below them, and lastly the power switch.

The back of the FSP CST110 we have a slightly altered layout given the difference in size when comparing this case to standard ATX cases. At the top, we have the motherboard cut out alongside two 60mm fan mounts. Underneath, we have three horizontal expansion slots that you can break off and one without a bracket in place for four total slots. This case comes with three additional brackets in the situation that you remove any components from your PC. This case does not include a lock on the expansion slots or support for vertical GPU mounting, but keep in mind this is a compact chassis. The back panel is black in color and helps hide cables perfectly. Although you will not be able to see the cable management, it is best you still care about it, as a clean PC is a healthy PC.

The bottom of the FSP CST110 has four circular feet with no padding. When moving the case around, I found the case to be easily moveable due to not having any rubber feet, but this should not be too big of a problem as components will weigh the computer down. These feet leave a small bit of clearance and will suffice for PSU airflow. On the contrary of having rubber feet to keep the case more stable, the choice of not having rubber feet could be better given that this case is a smaller size and would likely easily fall over with its thinner design. There are two dust filters in this case. This is a great addition to have for any case to maintain a clean air intake. The front dust filter is large enough to aid the single front intake fan. The PSU dust filter is easy to remove as it can simply be a pinch.

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