Cooler Master 690 II Advanced White Edition Video Review

Conclusion & Video

 Cooler Master 690 II Advanced White Edition Video Review

Conclusion & Video Review 

We felt a video for this case would be the best way to show it off properly compared to a standard review. That and the fact when put in the light tent it cloaked like a Klingon Bird Of Prey into the background!

Cooler Master have taken the award winning 690 II Advanced and have made everything white. The hard drive bays are now white plastic, the dust filters are white, the tool-less drive bay clips are white, obviously the case itself has been given a lick of gloss white powdercoat but even right down to the water cooling grommets in the back are now, yep you've guessed it, white!

The fans are all clear but we have all been in agreement that just the front fan having blue LED's is a bit of a let down as it looks spanking gorgeous. These can be bought cheaply and easily enough, this could also give you the excuse to explore different colour options. It's a shame to see Cooler Master following the Corsair route of saving a couple of pennies but spoiling the look.

Its great to have a mid-tower sized case with real water-cooling support. Some manufacturers use the loose term water cooling support but this is well and truly a water coolers dream for its size. It's not just the support for a decent thickness 240MM radiator in the roof but if you remove the bottom half of the hard drive cage you can fit another in the floor as well. This really does mean you can have a fully water cooled system in a mid-tower chassis, but to make it even better the white case really will show off your coolant and give you the excuse to paint your radiators to match!

As more and more white products are released from power supplies to water-blocks, cases like this can only become more and more desirable. With some clever planning you really can paint the inside of the case with light to completely change the look of the internals, making the 690 II practically a modders dream.

For something so different to the norm we normal expect to pay a premium, especially from a big name brand like Cooler Master. However, they've released the 690 II at a mere £80 which is the perfect point for a high-end mid-tower case, let alone one that looks as good as this and ticks every box on the list.

With all the details taken in to account how could we give this anything less than the coveted OC3D Gold Award.

  

Thank you to Cooler Master for the 690 II on test today, you can discuss your thoughts in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

06-12-2010, 07:39:02

Rastalovich
It's just my own personal opinion, and I'm not really a case-person - but I know what's decent looking prior to modding, but in all honesty I find this case nasty.

Soon as it's nice'n'popular and falls to <£60, it'd semi justify it to people with a white fetish, even tho the whole mesh thing looks cheap to me.

Insides are like all their cases I've touched, nice. Just a shame about the looks, imo.Quote

06-12-2010, 08:19:08

hmmblah
I have this case in black, not sure if I like the white yet. The phantom looks great in white, but the mesh front of the 690 II doesn't look so hot in white IMO. Still an excellent case for price and layout though.Quote

06-12-2010, 08:35:25

tinytomlogan
I have to admit in the flesh I really like this, and for £80 Id honestly say this is awesome for those that like white but dont want a full tower. It also has better WC support than all the other white chassis available.Quote

06-12-2010, 08:58:59

hmmblah
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

I have to admit in the flesh I really like this, and for £80 Id honestly say this is awesome for those that like white but dont want a full tower. It also has better WC support than all the other white chassis available.
It's only $80 here. I've seen it as cheap as $60 on sale. I paid about $100 when it first came out. Good pricing though either way. Do you know how thick of a radiator you can fit in the top?Quote

06-12-2010, 10:24:36

THD
Talking white : Tom you said you would be using the phantom as your personal rig and would come with a review on that case.

Will it come this month and can you hint on how it is compared to this one Quote
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