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Date: March 17th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



At first glance, this new CM 690 looks a lot like its older sibling, but there are some important and exciting differences that we'll explore in this review. From this perspective we can see that the CM 690 II retains a very similar stance and dimensions along with the meshed front and 80mm fan placement on the right side panel. Power and reset buttons have been moved from the right side of the bezel (a welcome change that we'll examine a bit later.) There are also some subtle styling differences, but the classic good looks are retained from the original CM 690.


Cooler Master has released the CM 690 II as an addition to the series and not a replacement so the original will continue to be available, at least for the foreseeable future.



Over on the other side, the only difference is that the fan placements are aligned one above the other and both are unoccupied. As with most of the fan placements, these will accept 92-, 120- or 140mm fans. The black finish is nicely executed with a semi-gloss look and a bit of texture. Accents on the front bezel are subtle, yet still give a bit of visual interest to a chassis that appears to be relatively conventional in most other respects. Things are about to change, though.



Cooler Master designers wisely moved the front I/O panel to the top front of the chassis. From left to right we have a front fan LED on/off switch, eSATA, 2 USB, mic/headphone ports, reset switch and power switch, along with the customary power and HDD activity LEDs. A plastic door just to the rear of the I/O panel slides out of the way to reveal…



…an external SATA X-dock right on the top of the chassis. This is an excellent feature that offers the user full docking functionality without giving up premium desktop space to a separate device. The manual warns that, “This devices does not support hot swap. Please install the HDD before starting the system,” a modern motherboard with properly configured ACHI mode capability will support hot swapping.

 

 


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