Cooler Master 690 II Advanced with water cooling

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Packaging can help sell a product.  Combining a great product with excellent packaging gives a competitive edge to one case over another.  Over doing the design of a box can have a negative impact on the product.  Merchandise marketing walks a thin line where you need to create a look that will reach the largest audience.  Cooler Master seems to have hit the nail on the head with the 690 II packaging.  The box is simple and sleek.  Information is to the point and kept to a minimum.

Inside the box, the case is protected well.  There was no visible damage upon close inspection, which is as it should be.  Accessories include an SSD bracket that holds both 2.5″ and 1.8″ SSDs, a graphics card bracket for support and all the other essentials for mounting a motherboard and optical drives in the 690 II.

Cooler Master’s 690 II carries on the look and feel of the original 690 with some subtle design changes.  The left side of the case has two spots for additional cooling fans ranging from 80mm to 140mm sizes.  The right side of the case as a spot for an 80mm cooling fan to help keep the back of the motherboard, opposite the socket area, cool.  The front and back of the new 690 II are similar in appearance to the 690, but, as you can see, the 690 II has a more updated look.  The top of the case offers a spot for a hot swappable HDD or SSD.  This can be very convenient for file transfers or to back up your existing storage.

The top cover above the I/O panel protects the hot swap area while not in use.  Taking a look at the bottom of the case, we can see space for two additional 120/140mm fans as well as an intake for the PSU.  The rubber feet on the bottom of the case help provide traction on slippery surfaces and keeps from scratching your desk or floor.

Looking inside the case, we are delighted to see an all black interior.  The matte black finish gives the case a really clean look that is a welcome sight in the budget to mid-range case market.  Cooler Master carries over the HDD mounting mechanism used in the HAF and Sniper, as well as other newer cases.  The tool-less design for HDD mounting makes the 690 II a wonderful case to work with.  The optical drive bays are also tool-less and use a very simple and easy to use LOCK/OPEN switch.  The top of the case gives you the option to install two more fans in the 120/140mm varieties.  In the build segment, we will show you how to install a radiator for a water cooling setup in the bottom of the case.  You will also be able to mount an additional radiator on the (inside) top of the case, as well as an external radiator, if needed.


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One Comment on "Cooler Master 690 II Advanced with water cooling"

  1. Ivalene July 28, 2011 at 12:41 am - Reply

    I’m quite pleased with the informatoin in this one. TY!

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