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Cooler Master CM 690 III review: bigger and better

The third incarnation of the popular CM 690 sets a new standard

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Introduction

The Cooler Master CM 690 is a popular desktop chassis that we've seen a couple iterations of. Now there's the third edition, so how does the CM 690 III compare to its predecessors and the competition?


The CM 690 has come in many flavours. The CM 690 II had 'lite', 'Advanced' and 'Window' versions. The more affordable ones would typically have fewer cooling options.  

The CM 690 II Advanced was one of our personal favourites for a long time, with a great combination of price, ease of use and effective cooling. Hardware.Info readers awarded Cooler Master for the best chassis in several different years. 

Since the introduction of the CM 690 II chassis have become wider and there is more space reserved for hiding cables. Hard disk cages can now (partially) be removed or moved, and space has been reserved for 2.5-inch storage devices (such as SSDs). And of course silence is a goal, with better and quieter fans and sound-proofing measures. 

So there was plenty to add or change on the CM 690 II, so we were eager to test the CM 690 III. It exists with and without sidewindow. Our test model was the version without, which instead has a large grille in the side. The window version is slightly more expensive and costs about £76. 

Cooler Master CM 690 III

In comparison

Below you have a list of chassis we recently reviewed in a group test, along with the Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced (black bar) and the new CM 690 III (red bar). You can see that the new model is wider than the previous one.

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two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price
Cooler Master CM 690 III Black
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Cooler Master CM 690 III Window Black
REVIEW

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