FSP-CMT580 Vertical air duct, two-way PCIe expansion slot, minimally styled case

Recently, there have been more and more cases with vertical air ducts. As a major power supply manufacturer, FSP has also seized its advantages in power supply to launch many vertical air duct cases. FSP’s previous CST 350 series is also in the market. The very popular M-ATX and ITX cases, this time FSP continued this architectural style and launched the ATX specification CMT580, which is available in black and white, which is also our protagonist this time.

Simplify the complexity and outline the lines

The dimensions of this CMT580 case that was unpacked today are 45 x 22 x 39 cm, and the type is positioned as a mid-tower case, which is also the most common size in players’ homes. There are not too many lines and designs on the appearance, so the minimalist and beautiful design are matched with black and white two colours, making the overall appearance more pure and straightforward.

Built-in 3 sets of 120mm cooling fans at the bottom and 1 set of 120mm cooling fans at the front. The PCIe baffle is specially designed and can be flipped at will. The graphics card can be easily changed, whether horizontal or vertical. At a low price, it is also the most popular nowadays. Type-C and the non-compartment design of the CMT580 are also very suitable for beginners in machine installation. Of course, if you want to DIY water cooling without buying a large case, the non-compartment design can also make installation easier.

CMT580 outer box.
Exploded diagram of the casing.
Included accessory box.

First of all, we can see the appearance of CMT580. The front and top panels are designed with a large area of ​​laser drilling technology. The 0.8mm aperture is beautiful and has a dustproof effect, implementing the design concept of minimalist aesthetics. The penetrating glass is blackened, so the RGB lighting of the internal components is required to see the lighting effects of the internal components from the side. , the back panel uses the usual steel plate, but the CMT580 is very special because of its symmetrical design. The side panels on both sides can be exchanged at will. Just turn down the top screw and pull it up to complete the disassembly.

Carry out the appearance of minimalist aesthetics.
Laser drilling process.
Vertical air duct, large top mesh.
Blackened through-sight glass.
Steel plate on the other side.
Both side panels can be used interchangeably.
There are non-slip pads on the bottom of the case and four feet.

In addition, CMT580 provides 7 PCIe expansion slots, and a 120mm fan can be installed on the back. Due to the design of the front power supply, only the upper AC In power connector can be seen at the rear.

Rear space.
FSP nameplate, AC In power connector.

In terms of I/O, 2 USB 3.2, Type-C USB 3.2 Gen2, HD Audio (2in1), a power button and a reset button are provided, which makes everything simple, but the transmission speed cannot be simplified!

I/O interface.

Interior space

The CMT580 is a vertical air duct case with large cooling openings on the top. After removing the top plate, you can see the 280 / 360 mm cold row installation keyhole on the top of the case. CMT580 mainly relies on the cooling fan at the bottom to inhale cold air and then exhausts the heat from the rear and upper fans. Therefore, the bottom has a full version of the dust filter and the installation space for three 120mm fans.

To remove the top plate, you only need to unscrew a screw and push it back.
Up to 360 mm of water cooling can be installed on the top.
A full version of the magnetic dust filter is attached.
The heat dissipation installation holes on the bottom of the case.

The maximum length of the graphics card can be supported up to 325mm to meet the installation requirements of most graphics cards. There are four 120mm fans attached to the chassis itself, which is different from ordinary chassis. Because of the vertical air duct design, three of the fans (3in1) are pre-installed directly under the chassis; the remaining one is pre-installed on the rear of the case. The 3 fans at the bottom have been pre-connected for the player, and the player only needs to connect a line.

No subdivision interior space.
Pre-installed 3-in-1 fan.
A 120mm fan is pre-installed at the rear.

The internal space of the CMT580 casing adopts a single-chamber configuration without compartments, so the power supply is installed in the front of the casing, and only the upper AC In power connector can be seen at the rear, but this also makes the CMT580 The interior space is better and more concise. The motherboard has been pre-installed with the ATX lock hole and can be installed directly. There are up to 10 holes to facilitate players to route and hide lines.

Clearance on the back of the enclosure.
Chassis I/O cable.
After the thread is pulled apart, it is clearly very porous, which is good for players to run the thread.
Front power supply for installation space.
It is necessary to remove the power supply frame before installing it.

It is worth noting that the 7 sets of PCIe expansion card slots on the rear of the CMT580 case adopt a modular design and can be flipped by removing a few screws. Standing the graphics card upright can make the wind flow smoothly and satisfy players who want to show off their graphics card, but the extension cable needs to be purchased separately, which is not included.

Demonstration of vertical and horizontal installation of PCIe card slots.

Regarding storage, CMT580 has 2 shared HDD/SSD and 2 SSD installation slots. When M.2 SSD is gradually becoming the mainstream storage device, it can meet the needs of most gamers.

Shared HDD/SSD in the lower right corner of the back.
The HDD/SSD in the upper left corner of the back is shared, but since the I/O cable is also here, it is recommended to install a thin SSD.
SSD installation position next to the power compartment.

Installation Test

The actual installation test CMT580 has a large installation space, and the installation is quite smooth. However, since the pin positions of each motherboard are different, special attention may be required during installation. For example, ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO is installed in this test, and its Power pins and HD Audio pins are at the bottom. Removing the pre-installed 3-in-1 fan before installation is recommended, which will be more convenient for players to install.

It is recommended to remove the lower fan for easy installation.

When installing the power supply, consider that the CMT580 adopts a front-mounted power supply design. The outlet hole for the power supply of the CMT580 will conflict with the shelf, so it is recommended to use the lower one, which means that the CMT580 will need a longer CPU power cable. . In this test, FSP’s own Hydro PTM PRO ATX3.0 (PCIe5.0) 1200W power supply is used. The cable provided by itself does not need to be extended. It is also recommended that players use FSP’s own power supply for use.

Hydro PTM PRO ATX3.0 (PCIe5.0) 1200W.
The power supply needs to come out from the lower hole.

If the player wants to place the graphics card upright, in addition to purchasing an additional cable, a teammate will be required to help and “pre-remove” the PCIe slot you need. Otherwise, it will happen that the PCIe card slot becomes vertical and cannot be removed. board dilemma. In the actual test installation, if you want to make the graphics card upright, you first need to ask a teammate to help hold the graphics card with one hand and the removed bracket with the other hand, and then screw the graphics card and the shelf and push them back to their original positions.

It is necessary to lock the screws on the outside first.
Demonstration of a vertical graphics card.
General installation demonstration.
The cover is blackened and penetrated, and the light is displayed.


The CMT580 has a beautiful shape and is not sloppy with heat dissipation. It has many modular designs, allowing players to complete the installation more easily. The bottom fan is installed for the player in advance, and the cooling airflow is sent from the bottom to the top during the installation, so it is recommended that the player install it with water cooling; at the same time, the vertical/horizontal bidirectional PCIe expansion slot can also ensure the cooling performance of the vertical air duct, and can also be used Meet the needs of gamers who want to show off graphics cards. The attached fan comes out independently and supports a 3-pin series connection, which also saves players a lot of trouble in installation, and the side panels can be swapped, which is quite a good deployment requirement. FSP FSP’s CMT580 case is priced at $2590 TWD. In addition to black and white, it is also available for purchase. Players who pay attention to heat dissipation, minimalist aesthetics and like vertical graphics cards should not miss this case. Hello!

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Title: FSP-CMT580 Vertical air duct, two-way PCIe expansion slot, minimally styled case