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Cooler Master 690 II Advanced

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Posted January 6, 2010 by Jake in Cases & PSU
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Introduction

When it comes to computer cases there are many manufacturers that produce or contract out chassis just to make a quick buck. And there are considerably fewer companies that have been on the market for awhile and successfully made a name for themselves, largely due to constantly improving their designs, product quality, and listening to their customer feedback.  Cooler Master is one such company that has been around for more than a decade producing some great products ranging from chassis to coolers.

In recent months we have seen many companies revitalize some classic chassis, breathing new life into them, in hopes of making a good chassis great. The Cooler Master 690 was one of Cooler Master best-selling chassis when it was released back in 2007 and had actually created sales benchmarks for the company in regards to mid-towers.  Truth be told, we were huge fans of the CM 690, and found it achieved an outstanding balance of aesthetics, function, and affordability. Now, Cooler Master has sought to continue that success with the launch of their latest incarnation of the famed 690.

This new chassis comes in two flavors this time around; the 690 II and the 690 II Advanced. The biggest difference between these two models is the addition of a hot swappable HDD bay that is present in the Advanced version.

There have been many improvements in the 690 II Advanced compared to its predecessor, in terms of exterior and interior aesthetics, along with additional features and functionality.  Let’s take a closer look at what these differences are, and find out if Cooler Master can accomplish the very difficult task of successfully improving upon a classic.

Our thanks go to our friends at Cooler Master for supplying the review sample.

Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry’s best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.  The cornerstones of Cooler Master’s philosophy are innovation, speed, and customer satisfaction. Together, these ensure that Cooler Master is the supplier that the companies around the world rely on to deliver the best thermal solutions, creating a win-win situation both for Cooler Master and the companies that become its customers.

Let’s take a look at the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced and see if it comes up bullseye or snake eyes.

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