Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Case Reviewjlqrb - January 6, 2010
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With three case fans all rated under 20dBA and no side intake fan, it will be interesting to see the cooling performance of the CM 690 II compared to other cases. One of the cases I will compare it to is the IN WIN Fanqua that I reviewed last month. The Fanqua has three case fans like the 690 II, but it also has an extra 220mm side intake fan that supplies addition cooling throughout the case. For testing, I will be running thirty minute long stress tests of each component and using HWMonitor to read each temperature. This should give an accurate reading of the load temperatures of the case. The comparison cases are IN WIN's Fanqua case, Antec's Three Hundred case and Tagan's A+ Black Pearl full size case. The IN WIN Fanqua and Antec Three Hundred both retail for under $100 dollars, which puts them in the same price range as the CM 690 II.
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3
- Memory Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 9-9-9-27
- Nvidia GTX260 Core 216
- Power Supply: Zalman 750 Watt modular power supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB 7200.11
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
- IN WIN Fanqua
- Antec Three Hundred
- Tagan A+ Black pearl full-size
The CM 690 II performed very well and managed to stay equal to or within a few degrees of the IN WIN Fanqua case even without addition of side cooling. The real surprise though was that the CM 690 II performed so well with fans that are barely audible and, in fact, the loudest fan I heard during the review was the one on my graphics card.