Looks do deceive, but a thing or two have been improved on revision III of this chassis series update. Cooler Master has launched the latest revision to its range of CM 690 mid-tower enclosures with the CM 690 III (CMS-693-KKN1/KWN1) that retains the familiar looking curved metal exterior while offering a completely updated and improved interior.
The CM 690 III supports a maximum of ATX-sized motherboards, 7 + 1 expansion slots, and adjustable tool free cages in which up to three 5.25-inch and seven 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch drives can be mounted.
The chassis also offers provisions to mount an additional three 2.5-inch drives (one under the ODD cage, one behind the motherboard tray, and one at the bottom) and features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and HD Audio connectors on the front I/O panel.
CM 690 III is a revolutionary update to the popular CM 690 II mid-towers. The exterior retains the curved metal mesh look the series is known for. The interior has been completely updated – the HDD/SSD combo cage can be switched between 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives by adjustable trays without any screw. There's enough room for a 240mm liquid cooling radiator at the top or front, 120mm in the rear and supports up to 9 fans, including 3 large 200mm fans for extreme airflow. And cleaning is hassle free thanks to the multiple dust filters at the bottom, top, and front
Full mesh on the front panel and top with large vents on the side panel for superior cooling
3 designated places for radiators: 240mm: top, front; 120mm: rear
Supports up to three 200mm large fans for extreme airflow with support for up to 9 total fans (KKN1: 9 fans, KWN1: 7 fans)
New ODD tool-less design “EZ tray” for quick installation
Supports up to 10 SSDs (4 in the removable HDD/SSD combo cage, 1 behind the M/B tray) and 7 HDDs with HDD/SSD combo trays
Dual Super Speed USB 3.0
High-end component support – long graphics cards up to 423mm and tall CPU coolers up to 171mm
Multiple removable dust filters (top, front, PSU) for improved system maintenance
Top compartment with cover to place personal belongings
As mentioned already, the CM 690 II Advanced includes an external HDD dock, meaning you can now access files from a drive without an external enclosure or the need to open up the case. In addition, to keep your system future-proof, it also comes with a 1.8/2.5 drive cage for smaller SSD drives.
CMS-693-KKN1 | KWN1
Polymer, mesh front bezel
Dimensions (W x H x D)
230 x 507 x 502 mm / 9.1 x 20.0 x 19.8 inch
8.7 kg / 19.2 lbs
5.25" Drive Bays
3.5" Drive Bays
2.5" Drive Bays
10 (hidden; 7 from the HDD/SSD combo cages, 1 under the ODD cage, 1 behind the M/B tray,1 at the bottom)
USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, Audio In & Out (supports AC97 / HD Audio)
Top: 120/140mm fan x 2, or 200mm fan x 1 (optional) Front: 200mm fan x 1 (installed), or 120/140mm fan x 2 , 180mm fan x 1(optional) Rear: 120mm fan x 1 (installed) Side: 120mm fan x 2 or 180/200mm fan x 1(optional) Bottom: 120mm fan x 1 (optional) HDD cage: 120mm fan x 1 (optional)
Power Supply Type
Standard ATX PS2
VGA card length: 423 mm / 16.6 inch CPU cooler height: 171mm / 6.7 inch
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