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Cooler Master CM 690 Case
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 01 October 2007 21:55
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HardwareLogic take us on a tour of this case:

Never waiting a single moment to cool their heels, Cooler Master has unleashed a brand new monster of a mid tower. Their latest offering, the CM 690, is a veritable smorgasbord of features that many of the more expensive, higher end full/server towers lack. With a complement of features that would make even the Lian-Li PC-A70 blush, CoolerMaster hopes to appeal to enthusiasts that are as serious about cooling as their CoolerMaster moniker implies. Will the CM 690 be able to withstand the heat that only HardwareLogic can deliver? There’s only one way to find out!

Read the full review at HardwareLogic:

The CM 690 bundle is a sparse affair. Along with the requisite brass standoffs for the motherboard, CoolerMaster offers a 5.25” transfer bracket tray for the floppy drive along with a black mesh face plate. Also included is a single, self adhesive zip tie contraption for cable management duty. While it was nice that CoolerMaster included it with the bundle, in the end, it was not really needed due to the excellent cable clip system that is featured with this enclosure

The front of the CM 690 sports classic good looks while still remaining functional. The entire front of the case incorporates a black mesh metal screen over the five external 5.25” bays, and a lone 120mm, 1,200RPM, 17dB intake fan at the bottom. The black mesh helps with internal cooling, which is important considering that CoolerMaster is billing this case as being SLI certified. The front 120mm intake fan includes a blue LED and is quite bright.

However, what makes this metal mesh so nice is that behind it, everything is lined with a thick dust filter. This serves two purposes. The first, obviously, is to prevent as much dust from being sucked into the case as possible. The second reason is that it helps to muffle the sounds of the internal components whirring away inside. With the option to install seven 120mm fans inside this enclosure, one can only imagine the kind of noise that this case could produce if there was nothing that did not help to contain it.

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