The CM 690 III is a structurally sound design. Not only did the feet really grab to the glass when trying to move it around for images, but even without the panels and with some of the bays removed, the chassis still feels like a tank to protect your components. The styling is done very well, and it is a chassis that both the young and the old can enjoy having next to them in an office. Then considering the modularity of the bays, the potential for water cooling and the sheer amount of fan options in and around the CM 690 III makes this a serious contender on its own.
We also like the long black wiring supplied in the chassis that afforded us to get where we needed to be, and still manage the wires mostly out of site. While the wiring holes may not have grommets, when the back panel is on and you are viewing inside, it's all black on black anyways, and grommets just make things tougher at times. Even without the bundle we saw today, we fully enjoyed our time building inside of and testing and using this chassis.
The bonus with this deal is that is does in fact offer CPU cooling right in the box. Adding the Seidon 120 into the mix, while we initially had some issues, with it running correctly and the air finally back into the radiator, we were very pleased with the results we saw. Not only does the CPU stay much cooler than it would if we had the average air cooler installed, but when you look back at the completed deal that Cooler Master put together here: how can you look down on a major addition that essentially comes free if you buy this version of the chassis?
So, not only did we get the window instead of the small mesh fan location, but we also got a serious contender in CPU cooling to take this chassis over the top and somewhere that I have only seen done passively or with a custom loop before. It just begs the question: Why did it take so long for something like this to hit the market in mass?
Whatever way you look at it, from the system builder who is always looking for a way to save a few dollars when building new systems, to the average Joe who just wants a great deal on a chassis and CPU cooling all-in-one box, it is clear that Cooler Master stepped up to the plate and delivered. Since this is a specific deal between Cooler Master and Newegg, you will only find this deal there, and this is something that is not even available at the Cooler Master Store.
Taking it all in, the aesthetics, the features, the layout, and the sheer amount of options, it is really hard to knock an offering like the CM 690 III and Seidon 120 bundle when the pricing is this low.
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