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Old January 6, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Wow great review FixT.. I thoroughly enjoy seeing your reviews.. Cooler Master took an already damn good case and made is gooder er.. better.. The idea of removing the hard drive cage (4 hdds) I actually haven't seen a lot of manufacturers do that..

The vertical expansion slot I'm guessing is more for extra USB connectors, or something similar to that, let's just say something that doesn't require the pcb to attach to the mobo, and just needs a wire plugged in.. The External hot swappable SSD is a very cool option, man it holds really a lot of fans too..

All in all, a very very good and solidly built case and an excellent view Fix.. CM is really dominating the pc chassis industry..
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Old January 6, 2010, 09:42 PM
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Great case and a really good job on the review. Features that stand out to me are the removable hdd cage (was wishing this when I put the pump in my HAF), and the hot-swap bay at the top.

Under $100...I'll probably recommend this to folks building a gaming rig for sure.
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Old January 7, 2010, 02:30 AM
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this vs more expensive HAF.

and some explain the concept of a hotswappable HDD there. I fail to see how useful that could be.
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and some explain the concept of a hotswappable HDD there. I fail to see how useful that could be.
For people who fix PCs or swap out drives very often, it can be very useful if you need to get some data off of a drive quickly.
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Old January 8, 2010, 01:26 PM
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Excellent Review!

When and where can we purchase these?
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Old January 8, 2010, 04:48 PM
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Excellent Review!

When and where can we purchase these?
Try newegg.ca? Perhaps searching by model number RC-692-KKN2 will find something.
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Old January 8, 2010, 10:15 PM
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Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel Computer Case - Computer Cases

Great budget case for my next mid level build. Going to wait until stock is availible at other e-tailers might be able to save a few dollars on a price match.

Good review as always FixT, keep up the great work. HWC forum is pretty well the only site I 100% trust when it comes to reviews.
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Thanks for the link! After pricing out the shipping costs, I think i will wait after all. Hopefully CC, Tigerdirect or NCIX start selling these sometime soon.

(First two for pickup, the last b/c I will order the rest of my computer with them)
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Old January 9, 2010, 12:22 AM
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Ya picked up on that did you

Its so true though! The case really is just a housing for a whole crapload of fans.... not that that is a bad thing!


If I get a chance I would actually like to revisit the case in the future and see the actual temperature benefits and noise pollution generated by filling up fan spots.
I got the Raven 01 from here the top 120mm is squeeks on start up and shut down. Got to drill out the rivit and replace with a screw. Better yet realace the fan.

The 690 II would be fun to tweek and play to get best temp and noise levels
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Ugh, can't wait for NCIX to have these in stock :(

I'm waiting NCIX!
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