Coolermaster CM 690 ATX Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by jmke @ 2007-09-06

The CM 690 (RC-690-KKN1-GP) is a feature rich mid tower ATX case which comes with 3x120mm pre-installed, good tool less features, cable routing and room for up to 8 fans. All this for less than €80/$80, too good to be true? We find out.

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Size Comparison & Outside Look

Size comparison

First up let’s compare size of the CM 690, looking at the case from the front, it towers of similar priced ATX enclosures like the Ultra Grid, Zirconium and 3D Storm, size wise it’s more on par with the Antec 900 case.

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Looking from the side we can get an idea of the depth this case provides, compared to Coolermaster’s own Stacker 830 EVO the CM 690 is noticeably smaller, on par with the Antec P182B and slight larger than the Antec Nine hundred.

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Outside Look

The most likely façade you will be staring at is the front, so here it is in full glory:

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You get two aluminum color strips which go from the front to the back of the case, in between a complete grill covering again top to front. The bottom part of the grill features a plastic grill right behind it; you can’t really make out the LED fan sitting there. The 5.25” bay covers are individual pieces.

The left side panel is nothing too special, except for those two extremely large cut-outs with grill, allowing you to fit 80/92/120/140mm size fan, default you get one pre-installed in the bottom area.

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The right side panel also features a cut-out grill sitting over the CPU area of the motherboard:

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The top panel reveals the I/O interface as well as the transparent grill at the back of the case where two up to 140mm fans can be installed:

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Comment from Sidney @ 2007/09/06
You guys are enjoying the mild summer weather so far We had +30°C here yesterday.
Comment from jmke @ 2007/09/06
"mild" is understatement, 15°C outside, feels like winter...
Comment from Rutar @ 2007/09/06
impressive, especially the amount of 120s
Comment from Sidney @ 2007/09/08
Down to $50 if you live in the U.S. until Sep 17. Free shipping too.
Comment from Rutar @ 2007/09/08
mad value, it reaches the regions where you buy one just to have a spare case o_O
Comment from Rayzman @ 2007/09/22
Very nice case.
Is there enough space to mount a WC radiator inside the top of the case like a
Thermochill PA120.2 Dual Radiator? I it is possible to mount 2 14cm fans, but does it clear the motherboard when mounting also a radiator to it?
Comment from jmke @ 2007/09/22
space is limited at the top, a lower profile radiator might fit, but not radiator & fans together I'm afraid, either integrate the radiator at the top outside the case or the fans