It wasn’t that long ago when the only choice you had for a computer case was beige. Ugly. Boring. No sense of style whatsoever. Sure, you could find a sleek looking black case once in a while, but it wasn’t affordable, and good luck finding a CD ROM or Floppy drive with black bezels to match. Cue PC modders. We put cool parts inside and wanted to see them. A rotary tool, sandpaper, metal file, screws, and some acrylic took care of that. Custom wired LEDs provided lighting in all sorts of different arrays. Beige? Spray paint took care of that ugly color. Custom automotive paint and airbrushing even found its way on many cases over the years.
Eventually, the industry took notice. Computer cases started coming in all shapes, styles, colors, and so many more options for fans, water cooling, and whatever else the builder wanted to throw in. Eventually, windows found their way all over cases. Cue tempered glass. One of FSP’s latest cases brings all of that together in a very attractive looking package. Space for water cooling, RGB fans, and tempered glass on three sides. Let’s check out the specs.
- Mid-tower size with galaxy black appearance
- Three translucent tempered glass panels
- 7 x PCI-E expansion slots, 3.5″ HDD and 2.5″ SSD bays
- Built-in 2x USB 3.0 ports
- Supports up to 360 mm water radiator
- Supports high-end graphics cards up to 400 mm in length, and CPU cooler up to 165 mm height.
- CMT 510 Plus: Built-in 4x RGB 120 mm LED fans
Straight out of the box, it just looks cool. I knew right away I wanted it on my desk. It’s sleek, it’s modern, it needs some parts in it.
I built a new computer just for this review. It was time anyway. My previous computer was built in 2013. The new components in this build are an ASROCK X570 Phantom Gaming 4S motherboard, AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 16GB of Corsair Dominator RAM, Crucial 240GB SSD, EVGA 970 GTX, and a Solid Gear Proton 750W PSU. I found that the FSP CMT510 Plus provided plenty of room for all of the components and some decent cable management. Though, my skills with cable management could be better.
I have to admit, I’m a sucker when it comes to LEDs. When I was approached about this review, I was more than a little excited to finally play with some sweet RGB goodness. FSP includes a great fan hub pre-programmed with 20 different lighting effects. Even better, that same fan hub will plug directly into your 5V motherboard RGB header for your own lighting mixes with the four provided addressable 120mm RGB fans. **Customer service note** The original fan hub that shipped with the case I received wasn’t functioning. I reached out to FSP about this, and after some basic troubleshooting, they took ownership of the issue and sent a new fan hub. I’m happy to report that the new fan hub worked flawlessly.
Built with gamers in mind:
FSP has you covered with their stock fans, but those are easily switched out if you prefer to use your own. Oh, have we mentioned water cooling? No? There’s room up front for a 360mm radiator in push/pull configuration.
The FSP CMT510 Plus not only looks and performs cool, but it’s also very affordable, and will easily accommodate your own custom rig with lots of options. Most important to me, their customer service is impeccable. Some companies will do everything they can to blame the user. At no time during my interaction with them did I feel they were trying to blame me for not knowing what I was doing, even though this was my first build with addressable RGB lighting. The only real con I could find is it’s tough to keep fingerprints off of, but that’s to be expected with any piece of tempered glass.