So is it worth $100 of your hard earned money? I have to say yes. Are the options inside endless? Pretty much that's an astounding yes as well. What you have here is a mid tower chassis designed for not only those who are in it for looks, but this chassis is full of function. It ships with only three fans, with potential of up to twelve more still yet to be added at your leisure. I really don't think air flow inside this chassis will be an issue, as it does quite well out of the box. Adding the optional areas for two radiators to be placed internally; yes that's right, I said two. A double 120mm can go on the floor and a double 120 or 140mm radiator can go up top. A dual loop solution of cooling has met its match in chassis design!
Problems? Well, to be honest, there aren't any. Pick at it as I may about non-vented expansion slot covers, a lack of a tool-less GPU mechanism, or the fact the wires aren't black, they honestly aren't needed. Time with cases has lead me to just pick things apart based on what I would prefer, but those things usually come with an increase in costs and none of us want that when we are looking to buy anything. Features such as the removable rack and the VGA cooler, once referenced in the manual were simple to figure out and remove or install. There is plenty of hardware for any configuration of setups, water cooling and optional fans excluded. When I got done with this case build the thoughts just started rolling through on how to accomplish and hide components of a dual loop water cooling setup!
In today's economy $100 doesn't get you very far. Dinner and a movie with your significant other, a night out with friends, one hundred lottery tickets, or in this case, one feature rich chassis that will satisfy even the toughest of customers. The CM 690 II Advanced is just a complete package, that even under my personal scrutiny really has not one thing out of place or any thoughts of cooling solutions overlooked. As you know, I am a fan of black; it cools the components well as-is and things can only get better. I really don't see how you could go wrong, even if you don't have plans on water cooling. With free shipping currently and listing at $89.99 at Newegg and being the same price, relatively, as the non-Advanced model, I bet there will be a lot of mid tower users adding this Cooler Master chassis to their cart.
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