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Cons Front panel is a PITA to remove USB and audio on top of the case Mobo tray fan must be VERY thin
Summary I bought this case so that in the far future if I want to I can add water cooling to my rig. This one happens to also look very cool, the green is way better looking than the blue led fans. I also bought this to be able to hold my blu-ray library, which takes up 5 hard drives.
The cable management clips are just plain annoying, take them out and cable tie stuff it looks better and you wont get angry at them. The tool-less pci locks aren't that great because they don't stop my fan controllers from moving around. The tool-less hard drive racks however are great, and it's even positioned perfectly so that you can fit your GTX 295 or whatever.
The fans that came with the case were alright, I left the green one where it is and moved the other 2 to the top of the case. I then got 2 Scythe fans with controllers and put them on the back and on the side panel.
In all I highly recommend this case, but coolermaster could make a few small improvements here and there.
Pros Nvidia and coolmaster decals come off easy Lots of space for large Graphics cards Easy installation of components Lots of air flow
Cons Right side cover is tight with fan in place
Summary The right side cover is a tight fit after installing an 80mm Zalman fan. Other than that this case is a quality case that looks good. I don't like stickers and Graphics all over my computer so I was very happy to find the there was no drill required to remove the NVidia and Coolmaster badging from the front. This case easily fit an ATI 4870 graphics card.
Cons Cable management clips made installing my motherboard a little tough. I had to break most of them off.
Summary This is a cool case. I don't really like the big logos on the front, but the colour scheme is nice and I like the side window. There's plenty of room in this thing to go SLI if you want to. Cooling is good at stock with 3 fans, but there's room to add a bunch more. Nvidia fans should definately get this case... it's cool.
Pros Solid case good design, attractive and functional.
Cons Asus template for Usb, lan ports Ect don't line up very well Cant plug in cables, had to remove and leave out.
Summary I'm pretty happy with this case, power supply on the bottom is a good idea(lowers the centre of gravity), cable management is kinda cool with a bit of fiddling.Like the case top USB, Esata ect.. Good Cooling, add a couple of more fans and you are set.. Installed ASUS P5Q-e no problem, quiet and cool with fans supplied.
Pros The case has a nice design to it, not too flashy. Tool-less design, definitely an asset. nice window, VERY well ventilated. 3 stock fans > can't complain.
Cons Not easy to find matching green fans, they're either out-of-stock or somewhat expensive. The side window is tinted green, so you don't really have a choice (for lighting) but to go with either green fans of green CCFL's. See if you can pick up some dust filters for the fans as well, because the fan on the rear doesn't come with one. When you install your motherboard, the PCI slots at the very side touch your mobo. negligible, nonetheless.
Summary The NV-690 case is an excellent case in many aspects. First, it has an OK price, but it can be found on sale or pricematched. From the money you save, buy yourself 2 more fans for the top (120-140mm both fit). The mobo screws are not bagged, but come along the side of the optical drive, which i found pretty neat. If you're an Nvidia fanboy, this is for you. The case itself isn't too flashy compared to the 900. It stands out, but not distracting. The case has rubber grommets for water cooling, and instead of installing two fans on the top, you can throw in a radiator. The PSU is on the bottom and it draws air from right underneath the case, which is good, but don't sit your case on carpet because the dust will draw right in. It's rather big, and could definitely fit large GPUs. The tool-less design is alright, but be careful when pulling out the HDD trays, they tend to break easily. The reset/power buttons feel sorta funny because they push in on an agle. All in all, a great case for a great price, with the potential to hold really powerful components.
Pros -Looks nice -Comes with three fans -built in cable management -tinted green side -not overly flashy
Cons -could have used one more fan at the top to vent the air from the processor out -could have used more lightning
Summary This case has very good airflow and looks very nice. It is more than large enough for 3 gtx 280's. I would recommend buying a few more 120mm fans for the top because all the hot air from the processor rises up and needs to be ventilated out. Overall its a good case!
5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5” drive bay)
3.5" Drive Bay
1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25” drive bay)
Front :120 mm green LED fan x 1, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA, Rear : 120 mm standard fan, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA Top : 120 or 140 mm fan x 2 (optional) Bottom : 120 mm fan x 1 (optional) Left : 120 mm standard fan x 1 Right : one 80 x 15 mm fan (optional)
USB 2.0x2, IEEE 1394 x1, MIC x1, eSATA x 1, SPK x1 (support Intel HD /AC’ 97 Audio)
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