Product on Review: CM 690 III
Manufacturer and Sponsor: Cooler Master
Street Price: £80
Cooler Master’s CM 690 series has always been a popular choice for enthusiasts and gamers. Its middle of the road styling has satisfied both camps by remaining largely subtle in its aesthetic approach. It was way back in 2011 that 690 II received a refresh with the advanced edition, but today CM are back with their next instalment, namely 690 III.
690 III is a mid-tower which isn’t that dissimilar to its counterpart and predecessor the 690 II. It’s never an easy task introducing the successor to a popular product and rather than journey into unfamiliar territory by completely redesigning this new case, CM have chosen to refine the classic looks and we have to admit, this is a wise move.
Cooler Master on their CM 690 III
CM 690 III is a revolutionary update to the popular CM 690 II mid-towers. The exterior retains the curved metal mesh look the series is known for. The interior has been completely updated – the HDD/SSD combo cage can be switched between 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives by adjustable trays without any screw. There's enough room for a 240mm liquid cooling radiator at the top or front, 120mm in the rear and supports up to 9 fans, including 3 large 200mm fans for extreme airflow. And cleaning is hassle free thanks to the multiple dust filters at the bottom, top, and front.