Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The CM 690 II Advanced is an all steel mid tower chassis that has been finished inside and out with a matte black paint on all the main chassis and doors. The front, however, is covered in steel mesh over a plastic bezel. Capable of handling mini ITX, micro ATX and ATX motherboards offers a lot of users a new home to think about. This chassis can hold up to four 5.25" devices and even offers a cover to adapt it to a floppy disc drive if needed, taking the 5.25" devices down to three. Inside are six slides for holding 3.5" drives, two of which have an adapter system to accept 2.5" drives as well. Moving to the back, the CM 690 II Advanced supports a 7 + 1 expansion slot setup; seven of them are aligned as usual, vertically next to them is the "+ 1" for fan or lighting control. While there is a windowed door panel available for this case, our sample was shipped with the solid panel with dual fan holes.
Cooling out of the box is handled with three fans placed inside the chassis. The top has room for two 140mm fans, but the chassis only ships with one running 1200 RPM at 19 dBA. The front houses a blue LED 140mm that also runs at 1200 RPM and offers the same noise level acting as the intake. The rear of the CM 690 II Advanced has the last fan supplied from Cooler Master and that is a 120 mm, 1200 RPM fan, but this time only at 17 dBA. Moving on to the optional fans! There is room for a 140mm up top, two 120mm fans at the bottom, two 120mm or 140mm fans in the right side, an 80mm in the left side, a 120 for the HDD cage, as well as an 80mm for the VGA cooler. That's eight fans! Now, I am not saying you need to fill every one, but that does leave some optional cooling opportunity to be had.
The Advanced version of the CM 690 II is widely available. Getting one is not the issue here. Since there aren't many differences between the two CM 690 II's, I will start there. Newegg is asking $79.99 for the CM 690 II, which already is a lot of case for the dollar. As I mentioned, there is an added GPU cooler in this version. With the new Fermi's being bought, the fan, even if 80mm can be greatly appreciated. With the revision the price didn't change all that much, as it lists for $89.99 at Newegg and currently comes with free shipping as well. That really makes the deal that much more appealing to just go ahead and grab the Advanced over the "base design" CM 690 II.