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Jan 07, 10 at 1:29amkspiess


Cooler Master steps up to the plate again with this solid, good showing case selling for about 100 bones:

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Aug 12, 10 at 11:33pm
Cantrip


Hi there, sorry if this is thread necromancy but as an owner of the original CM 690 I can provide some detailed insights in to the differences between the old "Mark I" and the new Mark II case based on my use. Note that I've just opened up the Mk II in store and poked around for a minute or two, and couldn't detach the HDD bay as it was secured with a zip tie. I can't comment to running differences or installation, as I haven't put parts in one yet. I'm going to suggest this case to a client, so in the next week or so I may have a build comparison, too.

On cosmetics:

They have improved the paint on the Mk II by a good margin, both inside and out. My paint job on the external of the case has lots of little bubbles, as if the spray was set to the wrong air / paint mix. The new case was nice and smooth with less gloss than the original, so fingerprints won't show as blatantly. The painted inside is also of high quality, which beats the "overspray" marks on the primed metal of the Mk I. It looks like they let the paint dry on the Mk II before putting on the side doors, as they didn't stick when removed while the Mk I doors were stuck and had to be pried open the first time.

The feet are still vulcanized rubber, and stink right out of the box as if you had a new bicycle tire.

The chrome strips on the Mk I were slightly misaligned on the joint between the front and top panels, this is fixed on the Mk II.

The top I/O panel is now a single row of plugs in line with the front of the case, rather than two strips running towards the back. The firewire port has been taken out.

On internals:

The Mk I had a row of screws being held in a row of holes down the 5 1/4 drive bays, this is missing on the Mk II. It was convenient in theory, but they used a REALLY high torque power driver to put them in my case that stripped every head and actually removed the paint below the screws, I had to pull them out with pliers and use spare parts for my install. If they did that to all the cases, I can see while they just put the screws in a bag this time.

The Mk I had a few cut metal parts that weren't edge ground, some of which still had some flash (read: little metal ribbons like steel wool remaining from the cut). I didn't find a sharp edge in the Mk II case in my quick inspection, and no debris.

The tool-less system for the drives is much improved. 5 1/4 feels nice and solid, as opposed to a loose tab mount in the Mk I that never felt quite right. The Mk II *does not* have screw holes for the 5 1/4 drives so far as I saw, so you can't tighten down a drive aside from the toggle clamp. That I don't like.

The 3.5 racks have a solid flip open lock on the Mk II vs a "pinch and pull" on the Mk I that never felt secure. Mk I drive bays were riveted in place, being able to pull the bottom 4 from the Mk II is nice. Both drive trays load from the left side but have cables on the right, so you need to pull both side panels to do anything with a drive. Neither lets you flip the drive around to be able to keep the right panel on.

There are a lot of cable routing holes in the Mk II vs one below the motherboard on the Mk I. The Mk I had several annoying, long and narrow clips that were impossible to secure cables in, these are gone on the Mk II. The Mk II's motherboard tray extends and is riveted to the 5 1/4 and top two 3.5 inch drive racks, with two cable management holes next to the 3.5 inch bays for routing. The Mk I had the motherboard tray end in 1-2 inches before the bays, allowing cables to go anywhere you needed. This is a potential problem as I had issues with my PSU's SATA power cables being barely long enough to attach to a 3.5 drive and then move to a 5 1/4. With the holes placed as they are, I'd have needed an extension.

The Mk I had no *hole* on the motherboard tray behind the CPU, just mountings for a slim (4-5 mm thick max) fan. Mk II's big hole behind the CPU is welcome for heatsink installation, but don't let anything hang around that could poke the motherboard through the hole, especially if it can get caught and pushed in to the board by the side panel closing.

That's all I can get from memory and photo references for the Mk II. Might have more info later if I get to play with it. All in all, it's a *very* nice upgrade. Even with the possible power extension needed, I was hard pressed to not buy one to replace the older model. Cooler Master deserves a pat on the back for improving upon the original.



Feb 25, 10 at 11:00pm
hiigaran


still, i dont think even plastic bags would melt at that temperature, should it?



Feb 25, 10 at 10:06pm
Zertz


quote hiigaran
...just how hot do your hard drives get zertz? they shouldnt go over 40 degrees, and even then, i think thats nearing the maximum operational range of hard drives anyway.
Not that hot, probably about 35C. They can sustain up to 60C



Feb 25, 10 at 9:26pm
hiigaran


...just how hot do your hard drives get zertz? they shouldnt go over 40 degrees, and even then, i think thats nearing the maximum operational range of hard drives anyway.



Jan 21, 10 at 11:21pm
Zertz


Just a quick note to buyers... Remove the plastic warning label on the hard drive dock before using it for extended periods of time. Mine started melting after a while.



Jan 11, 10 at 1:10pm
Shadow of Death


quote Zertz
quote tallteen86
Bah, my Blu-ray drive isn't secure. Yeah, the lock doesn't fit. I wonder if this case solved this issue?
This is standard, it really should fit. Both of my optical drives fit just fine.
I was a bit surprised myself, but no, it doesn't.

It uses two pin-type things to lock things in correct? Well, one hole lines up fine with the drive, but the other hole doesn't. It should be noted that my BD-RW is a bit longer than my DVD-RW, by.....Like an inch or something?

My DVD-RW drive is fine though.



Jan 10, 10 at 6:53pm
bphicks123


i prefer the design of this case over the 922

but overall the haf probably delivers better performance, long live the haf



Jan 10, 10 at 5:29pm
VeGiTAX2


@fudgeboy - the picture I cited was just pointing out how sleek the finish is inside the case. While the design may be the exact same thing its the execution that counts and a decent matte black finish takes time if you're making it a DIY solution. $5 spray jobs don't compare if you customize a HAF box to try and do the same thing.



Jan 10, 10 at 5:04pm
Zertz


quote duneworld
Nice case. There were two things that I wanted to find out about this case, but I couldn't find in this review. The first was pictures or any analysis of the exterior of the top of the case; the closest I got to seeing what I was looking for was the picture of the harddrive sitting in the hot swap bay. The second was the dimensions of the case.
I'd also like to point out that I did not see the video card specified, I can see it's a Nvidia card, but I could only guess from looking at it, and I'd probably be wrong.
The top of the case is steel mesh, I'll get a picture up later today.

Looks like I missed the video card in the testing setup, nice catch! It's a GTX 260

quote tallteen86
Bah, my Blu-ray drive isn't secure. Yeah, the lock doesn't fit. I wonder if this case solved this issue?
This is standard, it really should fit. Both of my optical drives fit just fine.



Jan 10, 10 at 3:15pm
Shadow of Death


Lol you know what? I just saw this in a PC mag just earlier XD

That is to say, the same product being reviewed.

I have an earlier model of this, the NvIDIA model (ironic, considering I went ATI. But I didn't even know it was an NvIDIA special until I actually got it XD).

Bah, my Blu-ray drive isn't secure. Yeah, the lock doesn't fit. I wonder if this case solved this issue?



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