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    [O/C]Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Review

    Cooler Master has been in business for more than a decade. They were "founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions." The <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216" target="_blank">Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced</a> that we'll be looking at today, which is a significant update to <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137" target="_blank">the venerable RC690</a>, a budget champion for wire management with superb airflow, aims to push them further toward that mission.

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    Very good Review hokiealumnus, nicely done and informative!

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    Thank you very much!

    If anyone has any questions about the case that I didn't cover, I'm happy to answer them. Ask away!

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    This is a great review hokie...wow!!!!!!!

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    Great article!

    I've been admiring this case from afar for quite some time. Pulled the trigger today. I plan on building it wiht two swiftech 220 radiators one on top and the new pump attached one in the bottom. I'll have a "Y" line for filling going up top. My initial plan is to just have two 140mm fans in the top space with the bottom rad without fans entirely. I'll post up once I've done the build with some pics.

    I'm looking forward to a quieter and smaller foot print system to my current Thermatake Armor beast. I'm also going to see about switching/modding the 2/4 drive bracket to 4/2 layout and removing only the bottom two if possible. We'll see.
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    Thanks!

    That's a brilliant idea for all internal water. Don't forget to take note of their installation orientation requirements (looks like you have already).

    Show us pics when you're done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiealumnus View Post
    Thanks!

    That's a brilliant idea for all internal water. Don't forget to take note of their installation orientation requirements (looks like you have already).

    Show us pics when you're done!
    Thanks for the kind words!

    Yep, I saw the orientation guide. I'm going for the (*2) - horizontal & flat face up. My first thought is to have the reservoir end by the front of the case to potenially use for draining as the lowest point. I'll see how it all fits when the parts come in later this week.
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    I will be interested to see how this build goes
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    Quote Originally Posted by gcwebbyuk View Post
    I will be interested to see how this build goes
    Gee why? I liked your write up too. It also convinced me to get this case.

    I got the rad, fan and fillport I ordered today but the case was shipped separately. I hope to have it soon then I can start building!

    EDIT: The seller let me down. They didn't really have the case in stock like they claimed. Instead they had one drop shipped to me from Coolermaster. Apparently Coolermaster shipped it UPS GROUND! I won't get it until Monday. Ticks me off because I payed them for three day shipping when I ordered it on Monday. They should have done the stand up thing and told me they had to do this but they didn't and now there is no hope of me having any updates until next week.
    Last edited by Owenator; 03-17-10 at 01:10 PM. Reason: Update/Rant
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    Ok, this is just so freaking cool. Got a W/D HDD back from RMA. Didn't feel like opening the case...so I popped that sucker into the external HDD tray, restarted and bam - new HDD.

    It's far from a permanent solution of course, but to test a new HDD it's far easier than having to install it and less of a pain than dealing with eSATA.

    So another great benefit to the CM690 II Advanced. I just touched on it in the review, but it's much cooler than I considered it at the time. Yay!

    EDIT - I just noticed your edit Owenator. I'd be ripping someone a new one until they refunded that extra money you paid for shipping. Regardless if they told you or knew they had to do it, they darn well shouldn't take your money for shipping they can't provide.

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    I have used it a LOT.

    For instance this week: backing up a faulty laptop when the laptop wouldnt boot - removed, put in X-dock - backed up using Acronis - new drive in X-dock - restored to new drive, put back in laptop - sorted.

    It's just so easy and convenient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiealumnus View Post
    Ok, this is just so freaking cool. Got a W/D HDD back from RMA. Didn't feel like opening the case...so I popped that sucker into the external HDD tray, restarted and bam - new HDD.

    It's far from a permanent solution of course, but to test a new HDD it's far easier than having to install it and less of a pain than dealing with eSATA.

    So another great benefit to the CM690 II Advanced. I just touched on it in the review, but it's much cooler than I considered it at the time. Yay!
    Cool! That was a big selling point for me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by hokiealumnus View Post
    EDIT - I just noticed your edit Owenator. I'd be ripping someone a new one until they refunded that extra money you paid for shipping. Regardless if they told you or knew they had to do it, they darn well shouldn't take your money for shipping they can't provide.
    Well, because I have more money than patience I actually bought another 690II from Newegg that's coming today. Woot!

    I'll have to decide when I get the new one if I'll return it or keep it as a spare. I'm leaning toward the spare idea.
    System: ASRock P67 Extreme6, i7-2600k @ 4.6 GHz, 16GiB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600, Galaxy GTX 570 & EVGA GTX570 in SLI @ stock, 120GB Corsair F120 SSD for Win 7 Pro x64, WD Caviar Black 1 TB for everything else, Lite-On Dual layer DVDRW, Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W PSU, CM690 II advanced case.
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    Water Cooling : Replumbed to one single loop. Apogee GTZ CPU block, MCR220 w/ 2x Panaflo 120x38 'M's, MCR220 w/ 2x Panaflo 120x38 'H's, MCP350 w/ bored over Alphacoool top. MCP220 drive with second MCP350 in series w/first. 2x MCW60 GPU blocks Temps: TBD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owenator View Post
    Well, because I have more money than patience I actually bought another 690II from Newegg that's coming today. Woot!

    I'll have to decide when I get the new one if I'll return it or keep it as a spare. I'm leaning toward the spare idea.
    Hahaha...I wish I shared that problem!

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    What are the differences between the advanced and basic model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by updawg View Post
    What are the differences between the advanced and basic model?
    Per CM web site -

    Advanced features:
    • Oversized front and top mesh design for superb ventilation.
    • Accommodates 120 x 240 mm radiator inside the top or bottom.
    • Dust-control filters for all meshed areas.
    • Air cooling support for up to 10 fans (with support for up to 5 x 140mm fans).
    • External SATA X-dock .
    • Front blue LED fan on/off switch.
    • Rear retaining holes for water cooling kit.
    • Includes 1.8" & 2.5" HHD and SSD adapter.
    • Cable management and CPU retaining hole for easy maintenance.
    • Includes VGA card bracket (supports triple GPU card).


    Basic Features:
    • Oversized front and top mesh design for superb ventilation.
    • Accommodates 120 x 240 mm radiator inside the top or bottom.
    • Dust-control filters for all meshed areas.
    • Air cooling support for up to 10 fans (with support for up to 5 x 140mm fans).
    • Front blue LED fan on/off switch.
    • Rear retaining holes for water cooling kit.
    • Cable management and CPU retaining hole for easy maintenance.


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    Still not sure if I am going to keep my case as an air setup or go WC....

    I have 2 scythe quietdrives now for my seagate 3.5" drives mounted in the 5.25" bays.

    The fans I am using are pretty much silent, and am currently running stock speeds - but as the case is so well designed for watercooling it keeps making me go back and want to do it!

    Just need to put some cash to one side to spend on it, although next purchase is an SSD....
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    Thanks mate - I already have a long thread on there trying to weigh up the pros/cons of watercooling for silence (in fact you have helped with a few questions on there ). At the mo it's such a big investment to make, as I know I will get addicted and keep spending! I have bought about as much as I can with regard to air though, so it is the next step.... SSD first, then WC a little later in the year I think, especially as I now have PC under the desk so it's not right next to my ears
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    My watercooled CM690 II:


    That's one MCR220 and a MCR220 Drive in series.
    Last edited by Owenator; 03-22-10 at 08:26 AM.
    System: ASRock P67 Extreme6, i7-2600k @ 4.6 GHz, 16GiB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600, Galaxy GTX 570 & EVGA GTX570 in SLI @ stock, 120GB Corsair F120 SSD for Win 7 Pro x64, WD Caviar Black 1 TB for everything else, Lite-On Dual layer DVDRW, Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W PSU, CM690 II advanced case.
    Accessories: ACER 23" WS LCD + ACER 21" WS for web/TS/etc. DIY 4-way monitor stand. Logitech G35 headset, Idelazon Fang keypad, Logitech G9 mouse, Zalman FPS Gun mouse, Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick, momo racing wheel w/ pedals.
    Water Cooling : Replumbed to one single loop. Apogee GTZ CPU block, MCR220 w/ 2x Panaflo 120x38 'M's, MCR220 w/ 2x Panaflo 120x38 'H's, MCP350 w/ bored over Alphacoool top. MCP220 drive with second MCP350 in series w/first. 2x MCW60 GPU blocks Temps: TBD

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    Awesome job Owenator!! That looks great.

    BTW, I think you forgot to plug your motherboard back in.

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