Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black and White review

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Specifications and Features



Looks do deceive but a thing or two have been improved on revision II of this chassis series update.

For example, the motherboard tray comes with pretty improved cable-management, we really dig the bigger opening behind the CPU socket for easy cooler access on the motherboard tray. The CM 690 II Advanced comes with modular 3.5" HDD bays with a 2.5" and 1.8" HDD/SSD adapter.

Also improved is the utility / front panel located on top of the chassis with that original SATA HDD/SSD dock sitting there as well, just slide in the HDD and you can exchange data. CM calls that an X-Dock.

The chassis will ship with three fans installed and room for seven more. Categorized as a mid tower chassis, the CM 690 II can house up-to three graphics cards. The internals show enough space for supporting up to 2 radiators for water cooling units. Needless to say, this chassis will have no problem fitting in larger CPU coolers.

So what are the main differences you might wonder?

  • Support for two USB 3.0 ports (internal)
  • Bigger front top mesh design for ventilation
  • Space for a 120 x 240 mm radiator at both top and bottom
  • Dust filter for each mesh
  • Max 10 fans or 5x 140mm fans
  • External SATA docking station (X-dock)
  • Rear tubing holes for liquid cooling
  • Included 1,8'' & 2,5'' HDD and SSD brackets
  • Additional rubber grommets with improved cable management
  • Larger CPU mounting hole

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.

Available Color Black & White (black inside)
Material Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel
Dimension (W / H / D) 214.5(W) x 496(H) x 528.8(D)mm
Weight 9.56 kg
M/B Type Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 4 (without the use of exposed 3.5" drive bay)
3.5" Drive Bay 6 hidden (4 removable), 1 exposed
(converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
2.5" Drive Bay 2 (converted from one 3.5" drive bay)
I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1
(supports HD/AC97 audio)
Expansion Slots 7+1
Cooling System Front: 140 x 25mm white LED fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19dBA
Rear: 120mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17dBA
Top: 140x25mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19dBA
(supports 120/140mm fan x 2)
Bottom: 120mm fan x 2 (optional)
Power Supply PS2 (optional)
Maximum Compatibility VGA card length:304mm
CPU cooler height:177mm

But let's head onward to the product gallery, showing all the ins and outs of this mid-tower chassis

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