FSP, known for their high quality power supplies, is now entering the case market with the release of CUT 592 and CUT 593 last Computex 2023 [link to our article]. While CUT 593 is their flagship case and we’re awaiting its release date, let’s take a look first at the case innovated for its cable management and routing options; the CUT 592.
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The box is your basic brown cardboard with its case design in its long sides. In the short sides gives the case specs and its manufacturer details. Inside the box is the case itself, packed in a plastic and surrounded by dense styrofoam. To prevent small things from falling out, the manual and the screw box is tied over the HDD bay. Below is the specs sheet from both the box and their website, we’ve dived deeper to confirm if these are its exact limits or it can be extended further.
FSP CUT 529 Specs
|Materials||0.7mm SPCC, glass side panel|
|Dimensions (depth x width x height)||465mm x 230mm x 477mm|
|Maximum CPU Cooler Height||175mm|
|Maximum GPU Length||400mm|
|Expansion Slots||7 horizontal + 3 vertical|
|Motherboard Support||EATX, ATX, MATX, ITX|
|Front Panel ports||2x USB 3.2 Gen11x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-CHD Audio|
|PSU Size||ATX; maximum length of 200mm|
|3.5" Drive Support||2|
|2.5" Drive Support||3|
|Pre-Installed Fans||Front: 3x 140mm ARGBRear: 1x 140mm ARGB|
|Air and Liquid Cooling Support||Front: 3x 140mmTop: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mmRear: 1x 140mmBottom: 2x 120mm|
|Max Radiator Support||F|
In front, there were the 3 included 140mm fans, on top while having no pre-installed fans, it has its power, reset, and fan RGB change lights buttons, as well as a Type-C port and 2 USB 3.0 ports, being separated far enough by the audio jacks to most likely accommodate wide-bodied USB devices (sound cards, broadband sticks, etc).
The left side panel is a full-bodied clear tempered glass with a removable door that the handle resembles like a phone holder. The right panel however is a solid metal with mesh holes near the front-end for the additional 2x 120mm fans positioned next to the motherboard. The screws on the right side panel are captive so it won’t get lost or misplaced with other thumbscrews in the case.
On the rear, it has 7 horizontal PCI-e slots with an additional 3 vertical slots for displaying the graphics card. There is also a pre-installed 140mm, but it can handle 120mm fan as well. The bottom of the case has a 1cm feet to give airflow for the bottom-fan-placed power supply, it also has a removable mesh cover to prevent accumulation of dust inside the PSU. The bottom also houses the lock-in mechanic of the removable HDD tray inside.
The FSP CUT 592 is a case built to a maximum of EATX motherboards. On top of the motherboard, it can house up to 280mm or 360mm liquid cooling system with 60mm of height clearance before it hits the cable connection points. Beside the motherboard can fit 2x 120mm fans to further provide cooling on top of the 140mm fans in the front. There is a non-removable PSU shroud that has a removable HDD tray and GPU anti-sag holder. It can also hold 2 more 120mm fans, albeit this will use longer screws (usually comes with liquid cooling systems) to screw it down.
Since the case is known to ease up cable management, the back side of the motherboard has 2 tubular routes beside the rubber grommets; on top of 12 tie-down points. It also houses the RGB controller for the 4 included fans and has 2 more fan slots, making it a 6-port fan hub with 4-port RGB. A plastic SSD tray is seen beside the controller. Below the PSU shroud, there is the removable HDD tray, capable of fitting 2 HDDs and 1 SSD on top. While box specs mentioned this can support up to 200mm power supplies, the HDD tray can be removed to allow longer lengths of PSUs. For reference, the power supply I fit in this (Cooler Master MWE) is only 160mm long.
The screw kit, which is tied down in the HDD tray comes with the velcro ties, motherboard and power supply screws, standoffs for the motherboard, storage screws, a beep speaker for the motherboard, and a screw for simplifying screwing the motherboard standoffs.
Builds under FSP CUT 592
I have conducted several iterations of builds to demonstrate how would it look like and see variations between cooler heights and motherboard sizes
|Motherboards||ITX: Gigabyte B450i Aorus Pro Wifi|
MATX: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming
ATX: Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLI
|CPU Coolers||Noctua NH-L9a Chromax|
Thermalright Peerless Assassin
|Graphics Card||Galax GTX 1070 Virtual Edition (deshrouded)|
|Storages||1x Samsung 870 QVO|
1x WD Blue 1TB (3.5″ drive)
1x WD Blue 1TB (2.5″ drive)
|Power Supply||Cooler Master MWE Gold 650W|
Power Supply Compatibility
While the specified max length for PSUs is 200mm, the length can be extended by removing the HDD caddy to have longer cable management space. In my tests, I didn’t remove the HDD caddy since the PSU tested with is only 160mm, allowing to have 40mm +- 60mm more for cables to turn and fold.
While FSP CUT 592 allows up to EATX motherboards, I’ve tested ITX, MATX, and ATX sizes:
The maximum height for this case is 175mm. Unfortunately, the Peerless Assassin is only 157mm; in which I can’t verify if there will be some allowance for heights beyond 175mm. Other than that, you may look below for references how coolers would look like in this case
With 1 SSD caddy, an interchangeable SSD/HDD caddy, and the HDD tray that can fit 2 more HDDs and 1 more SSD; you can either have up to 3 HDDs and 2 SSDs, or 2 HDDs and 3 SSDs (excluding M.2 storages placed in the motherboard). All caddies and trays are removable making it a breeze when installing the drives. However, the SSD placement in the HDD tray can be tricky to install as you can only fit 2 screws and screw it via the under side of it. If you have 2 HDDs installed in the tray and you want to add an SSD, you will have to remove the top HDD before installing the SSD.
For the ITX build, I find the board size is too small for the case. While the top hole for the 8-pin CPU cable is adequately large, the position of the board’s 8-pin plug is in the edge of it, making it hard to connect while there’s a rear fan connected. The solution for this was to remove the fan first in order to connect the CPU power cable then reinstall the fan back.
With the size of the board in mind, managing the cables was also a tad bit difficult; with option of putting the cables either via the rubber grommet, or use the motherboard hole to insert the cables. For the HD audio port, I used the underside of the PSU shroud and popped it underneath the motherboard; the length of the cable was perfect that any management of it might pull off either the audio pins of the board, or plug off the case side of it. Rating this scenario as 3 out of 10 due to the difficulty of putting things in regards to the sizes of the board and the case.
Both MATX and ATX builds got easier with the sense of ports and slots are further apart. There were ample clearance good enough for a top-mounted radiator for AIOs and liquid cooling systems. For the cable management, I have used all of the grommets and the PSU shroud openings. A main concern for both is if the 2x 120mm fans have been installed, the cables beside it would be extended further in.
For the Z390M Gaming build, the rear fan had to be removed temporarily since it bumps with the VRM cover. The internal USB 3.0 port also had to be extended since the position of it in the motherboard bumps with the length of the GTX 1070. This build scenario would be considered a decent or good-enough provided with an adequate lower portion spacings and was able to utilize the correct underside holes for ease of cable management. I’m considering this a 6.5 out of 10.
For the X99 ATX build, the only difference is that the cables weren’t extended far into the viewing side of the case. All parts were easier (even the front panel connectors) compared to the MATX and the ITX considering were ports are placed. Same with the MATX build, there will be a slight cable protrusion for the 24-pin and other ports if there’s the 120mm fans installed. In terms of cable management behind, it was easier than the MATX since everything is spread apart. Rating this build experience a 9 out of 10.
Conclusion and Availability
While I’ve only handled a couple of ATX cases in the past (Tecware Infinity and Deepcool Pangu), FSP CUT 592 is a great stepping stone for seeing how cases have evolved from having lots of drive bays to focus cooling the entire unit. I am giving this case an overall rating of 9 out of 10 and putting it as comparison for future case reviews. As of time writing, it is already released at Dynaquest, DynaTech, and FSP’s Shopee and Lazada pages for PhP 4,750