The choice to further develop on their CM 690 case was a smart move on Cooler Masters part. The case isn't that big, but still has big potential when it comes to cooling and expansion. It's possible to fit a 120x240 radiator in both top and bottom, providing the user the option to customize the case for his/her own needs. Dust issues is taken care of by adding dust filters to the top, bottom, front and by the power supply.
There's room for up to 6 hard drives, with one of the bays supporting a 2.5" hard drive. The case is sold with 3 fans mounted, but supports 7 more, bringing the total to 10 if needed. A large part of the care has been constructed in mesh, making the air circulation even better. The case features 8 expansion slots, a VGA holder, a CPU cooler exchange hole, hot-swapping of one hard drive, 4 5.25" bays and a blue LED fan in front, making this case rich in features.
At the moment a Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced can be purchased from two distributors in Denmark, Getmore and Dustin Home. The price tag is around 850 DKR, and for this price you get great value in terms of design, features and expansion. Actually the CM 690 II Advanced case could be called a compact high-tower case, with only the length as a downside that won't fit a Radeon 5970 graphics card. Weighing the good and bad things, we've chosen to give the CM 690 II Advanced case our "Safe Buy" award.
• Expansion options
• Good for watercooling
• Tool less design inside
• Plenty of dust filters
• Blue LED fan in front
• Attractive price tag
• Doesn't fit a Radeon 5970 graphics card
• SilverStone Fortress FT02 out performs in tests
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