Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced (RC-692A)
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Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black & White Edition Case Review
12 June 2012
Summary: This new version of the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced provides a terrific cost/benefit ratio. It is affordable, has a great look, and provides all the features that users are seeking. The only negative is with the internal 3.5” bays: Cooler Master could have added holes in them in order to make them compatible with 2.5” devices.
Summary: Time to throw another case into the mix. Today we are introducing an evolution of one of coolermasters biggest sellers of the last years. The Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced. By listening to the end users input, the CM engineers have refined the 690 series case. Adding a removable HD bay (to support up to 3GPUs easily), a hot swappable HD docking station, baptised X-docking station, are just a few of the new features or updates as you want.
Excerpt: After reviewing the original chassis, I had high hopes for the CM 690 II Advanced nVIDIA Edition case. I wasn't disappointed. Cooler Master has basically taken the excellent design of the original and upped the ante with some tastefully done aesthetic upgrades that will almost certainly appeal to nVIDIA aficionados.
Conclusion: Conclusion When you buy a case from CoolerMaster, you expect nothing but the best. This includes the overall build quality, the design, and even the performance. This case is no different giving us exceptional build quality whilst keeping the essence of CoolerMaster with fantastic design properties and amazing performance too.
Pros: Reliable manufacturer, Stylish in black, Tool-less design, Unique features, Water-cooling capabilities, Tried and test design, Cable management, Multi-connector fans
Conclusion: After using the case with my computer for couple days, I can only be fully satisfied with it. Cable managing was superb, parts were not any hotter than without the case, all fit in well. This case has no major signs or failure in it and it has couple neat features like the external sata slot for plugin the hard disk quickly. Also the case looks wonderful and in my tests I had no signs of resonance sounds.
Excerpt: I am sort of ashamed to say it, but I missed out on grabbing a CM 690 the first time they released onto the market. At that time I had still to figure out that a case really can be more than a place to house components. From what I can gather from hanging out around forums is that the original version was a highly rated addition by most people who owned them.
Conclusion: Cooler Master has done a great job at revising the aging CM 690 into an exciting new product. The new case doesn't only look a lot better but also adds great new features like the external HDD docking station and a bracket for installing solid state disk. The spacious CM 690 II Advanced will satisfy you, it provides enough working room and enables you to tuck away cables to create a clean look.
Excerpt: The Cooler Master 690 II Advanced is the ambitious sequel to the 690, the popular mid-tower chassis of a few years ago. If you’ve seen a Cooler Master mid-tower lately, much of the 690 II’s internals will be familiar to you. The exterior of the case is all black steel and plastic trim, with black mesh running from the bottom of the front panel to the back of the top panel.
Pros: "X-Data" port on top; CPU cutout, cable-routing holes and tie-downs.
Cons: No room for 12-inch videocards unless you remove the lower four hard drive bays.
Summary: Final Thoughts
After looking at the improvements Cooler Master has made to the original CM 690, the CM 690 II is a winner in my book. The CM 690 was a great case, but needed updated. Cooler Master has done this in great fashion by adding the all black interior, better cooling system, more room for extra fans, better hard drive bays, better tool-less systems and an overall better look.
Pros: Great overhaul to the original CM 690 case, XDock and eSATA ports on top of the case, 3 included fans, All toolless systems work perfectly