Originally Posted by Pentdragon
I would not recommend the 690 II because:
- the 3,5" HDD caddies aren't good at all at preventing vibrations, plus to me they seem very badly engineered, i had a hard time installing my drive
- behind the mobo tray you will not have space to store molex and Sata cables, i didn't check your PSU but if it's not modular don't expect the 690 II to offer enough space for the cables i mentioned.
- the dust filter for the PSU of the 690 II is not removable (not unless you remove the PSU and take out the filter. *** CM?)
- it won't have enough space for the longer cards if you ever upgrade and the top 2 3,5" HDD are not removable (unless you remove the rivets that is...)
- only 2 stock fans, you need to invest more in cooling so don't think the case itself will be the only investment. With stock fans it's pretty mediocre.
- looks, both the 690 II and the 912 have rugged designs more so on the HAF, so if you haven't seen one in real life there is a high chance you might not like either of them. In the reviews they don't give you a good sense of size and proportions, not until you see them upclose yourself.
I haven't had the chance to use a HAF 912 myself so i won't comment much about it but i do know that the HDD cage is completly removable which will allow you to install even the longest video cards available on the market. But just like with the 690 II you will have to invest more money in additional fans....not many people tell you that.
For GPU space = the HAF 912 especially once one takes out the top hard drive tray.
To the OP: As an owner of both these cases
I feel that Cooler Master could've done a better job.
The 690 II is behind in the hard drive tray configuration and also as mentioned the vibrations are not "contained" enough IMHO. Also the PSU filter design is pitiful - I took the filter and relocated it to the bottom by loosening the feet and sliding it in there then re-tighten the feet. There's a bit more space behind the mobo tray on the HAF 912. Another pet-peeve of mine on the 690 II is that the top I/O (where the power/reset/led switch - and the rest there) is not independent to the rest of the top panel as that when one need to remove that (after squeezing the fingers to release the tabs) one has to deal with the I/O cables still attached while servicing the fan compartment.
The HAF 912 faults is that one needs to take out both side panels to release the front panel because of tabs that need to be released. Also the hard drive vibrations are not contained enough IMHO.
Learn from Lian Li = see how they mount their fans and hard drives as well as most of their case panels that release without wires dangling as well as the filtering which is easier to clean much superior that of the Cooler Master cases.
I like Cooler Master cases BUT they fall short on things (which are irritating at least to me) that in the design phase could've been easily fixed.Edited by nickt1862 - 8/11/11 at 10:17am