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CM master 690 II Advanced USB 3.0 VS CM master 690 III Advanced USB 3.0

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Hi all, So which one would you go for? CM master 690 II or a CM master 690 III. Both have windows on the side panel.

Can't make my mind up, hmmm
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Picking between the two, I'd go with the 690 III, personally. It has support for bigger (quieter) fans and it has better hard drive cages, IMO (SSDs don't need adapters). It's a bit wider which is nice if you want to use a big CPU cooler, and it looks like it supports 240mm radiators up top if you want to go down the water cooling or CLC route instead. thumb.gif
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Picking between the two, I'd go with the 690 III, personally. It has support for bigger (quieter) fans and it has better hard drive cages, IMO (SSDs don't need adapters). It's a bit wider which is nice if you want to use a big CPU cooler, and it looks like it supports 240mm radiators up top if you want to go down the water cooling or CLC route instead. thumb.gif

Thanks biggrin.gif Top info!!

Might Pre-order it from here for only £80 and its the windows version http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cooler-master-cm-690-iii-usb-30-black-atx-case-with-window-w-o-psu#
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I still own a 690 II and its a great case. There is support up top for a 240mm radiator and the bottom drive cage can be removed for another 240mm radiator up to 60mm thick with push pull. Up top you are limited to 30mm of rad space and can only use 2 fans. Feature wise they are very similar. It does appear that for air cooling you can fit a 200mm fan in the front which will push a ton of air quietly. As francisw19 also said, it appears to be wider so that could possibly leave more room behind the motherboard tray for cable management. That was probably my only complaint from the 690 ii (lack of space behind motherboard tray). Hope this helps. thumb.gif
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I can't say that I'm happy about the CM690 III really, While I do appreciate it I'm not ready to leave my 2 CM690 IIs yet or even my 2 CM690s either.
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

Picking between the two, I'd go with the 690 III, personally. It has support for bigger (quieter) fans and it has better hard drive cages, IMO (SSDs don't need adapters). It's a bit wider which is nice if you want to use a big CPU cooler, and it looks like it supports 240mm radiators up top if you want to go down the water cooling or CLC route instead. thumb.gif

Actually, NO - 690 III does not support big CPU coolers. They reduce the cooler height. Looks as if all the extra space has been put to the other side for cabling.
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Actually, NO - 690 III does not support big CPU coolers. They reduce the cooler height. Looks as if all the extra space has been put to the other side for cabling.

Yeah you're right...it's still just a 120mm fan in the back. I thought for some reason it was a 140mm (which means more room inside). I think the smaller tower coolers should still be OK to fit, but something like the big Phanteks could be an issue. smile.gif
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