Cooler Master CM 690 II Plus - Back with More Fans


A Windy Facelift

A Windy Facelift

When it comes to PC hardware and peripherals, Cooler Master is one of the first names that spring to mind. Established 18 years ago, Cooler Master has become one of the foremost manufacturers of computer chassis, PSUs and coolers. In fact, Cooler Master has one of the widest selection of computer chassis and the Cooler Master CM 690 mid-tower casing was one of the company's most popular computer chassis. Targeted at budget conscious gamers, the CM 690 boasts many features that were more commonly found on costlier 'gaming grade' casings and was a huge hit.

Believing firmly in the old saying that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it”, Cooler Master is improving on its mid-tower offerings with the new Cooler Master CM 690 II Plus. As its name suggests, it is the successor to the older CM 690 casing, and overall, it shares many of the design philosophies behind the original CM 690 casing and can be said to be more of a facelift rather than an outright redesign.

Like its predecessor, the unique selling proposition of the CM 690 II Plus remains to be its comprehensive ventilation system. In the case of the CM 690 II Plus, the casing comes with front intake and rear exhaust fans as standard, but users have the option to add on an additional eight fans for a grand total of 10 cooling fans! In comparison, the older CM 690 casing can 'only' handle a maximum of seven fans.

Cooler Master CM 690 II Plus Specs
Casing Dimensions & Specifications
  • Height: 528.8mm
  • Width: 214.5mm
  • Depth: 511.8mm
  • Weight: 9.56kg
  • Material: SECC steel / Plastic
  • Case color: Black
  • Motherboard support: micro-ATX, mini-ITX, ATX
Drive Bays & Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 4 x 5.25-inch drive bays (without the use of exposed 3.5”drive bay)
  • 6 x 3.5-inch internal drive bays
  • 8 expansion slots
Case Cooling
  • 1 x front 120mm Blue LED fan
  • 1 x rear 120mm fan
  • 2 x top 140mm fan (optional)
  • 2 x bottom 140mm fan (optional)
  • 2 x left panel 140mm fan (optional)
  • 1 x right panel 80mm fan (optional)
  • 1 x HDD cage 120mm fan (optional)
  • 1 x VGA holder 15mm fan (optional)
Power Supply
  •  Standard ATX PS2

 

8.0
Aesthetics
8
Functionality
8.5
Usability
8.5
Value
8
The Good
Easy to install
Comprehensive ventilation system
External hard disk dock a nice touch
The Bad
Slightly cramped interior
Some parts difficult to remove
Heavy