FSP CST110 Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

After removing the side panel, we can have a better look into the interior. The black color remains constant throughout the entire case. The interior the case is quite open with no PSU shroud, as it is a small budget case and probably unnecessary in a non-tempered glass unit. We have another bar to hold up to three drives in this case. There are three cut outs for cable management, and another cut out that seems to be used to route your CPU cable, which I will expand on in the next paragraph. The interior design of this case seems to try to maximize its functionality, which is good.

As previously mentioned, there seems to be a cut out for the CPU cable. Although the cable seems to be able to fit inside of this cut out, when the motherboard is in place, it will almost completely cover up this hole. Most cables will not fit into this hole, but your mileage may vary. Routing your CPU cable might require a little more thought. On top of the case, there is no space to mount additional fans, but there are some holes to allow for greater airflow. This is a good time to talk about how this case does not have any radiator support. Users of this case will likely need to opt for a lower profile cooler. At the back of the case beside the I/O, you are able to install an additional two 60mm fans for exhaust. There is a large opening for the back of the motherboard for users to install a backplate for third-party CPU coolers. This will be helpful in the future by letting you install or replace your CPU cooler after the motherboard is installed. The case supports coolers up to 115mm in height like the Cooler Master MasterAir G200P.

There are three cut outs as mentioned before, which allow for easy cable routing. There is no dedicated cut out for GPU power, as there is no PSU shroud. This allows the cable to be routed however the user likes. Looking at the clearance for the graphics card, the FSP CST110 allows for up to 180mm cards or 270mm if the user only installs one HDD or SSD. The maximum height of the graphics card is 120mm. There are four expansion slots as I have mentioned on the previous page, three of which you can break off with the addition of three extra brackets. There is no lock on the expansion slots.

There is a single preinstalled 120mm front intake fan. There is only enough space at the front of the case for only a single 120mm fans. Unfortunately, the location of the single intake fan feels to be positioned quite awkwardly, as it sits closest to where the cable clutter is most likely to sit. Despite this, FSP still chooses to include a dust filter for this single fan, which is always appreciated. The single front intake has a straight path of airflow at the front of the case to allow for a more linear flow. As this case is a more budget-friendly option, the one included fan does use a Molex connector rather than a 3-pin or 4-pin header. This means this fan will be spinning at a constant speed regardless of the temperatures of the computer itself. For many budget cases, the fans are usually what takes the hit and once again we see it here.

The back of the FSP CST110 looks standard compared to other cases on the market aside from the fact that it is significantly thinner and smaller in general. The CST110 includes three positions for 2.5” drive mounts, where one 2.5” drive mount can be used for a 3.5” drive instead. The three mounts can be found on the front-mounted bar, seen when the case is opened, and the floor of the case itself. The CST110 has no cable tie loops to hold down cables. This will make cable management a little harder. It would have been nice to see some cable tie loops to make the cable management look better, and it should not significantly increase the manufacturing cost, if at all. Furthermore, there is about 15mm of space behind the motherboard to the back panel. This is a little tighter than I prefer, but it is manageable.

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