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Written by Daryl Greene - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 06 November 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master CM 690 NVIDIA Edition Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Cooler Master Final Thoughts
NV 690 NVIDIA Edition Conclusion

Cooler Master NV 690

Cooler master is well known for a wide variety of PC accessories. The line-up consists of heatsinks, power supplies, fans, external storage and cases. The companies case designs have a reputation for being visually pleasing as well as functional. Their offerings range from very basic to options that are tool less and full of cooling options. Recently Cooler Master put a new spin on an established case with the NV 690 NVIDIA Edition. This case has a certain appeal and a nice list of features.Follow along as Benchmark Reviews takes a look.


In recent years it seems that PC case design has blossomed. Back then I would never have believed that the PC chassis market would become what it is today. Originally the cases were just generic and boring. Today these enclosures have such a wide variety that when shopping for one you barely know where to begin. For those of us looking to protect our hardware, we are looking for functionality and cooling options. Cooler Master is definitely carving out a niche for themselves in this area of design.

Cooler Master NV 690 Features

  • NVIDIA SLI certified chassis
  • Tool-free for easy maintenance and upgrading
  • Removable hard drive racks for easy assembly and upgrading
  • Accommodates up to six 120mm fans for high-efficiency ventilation
  • Stylish appearance with NVIDIA logo

NV-690C-KWN1-GP Specifications

Available Color Black
Dimension (L)524.5 X (W)213 X (H)482 mm
Material Chassis: SECC, Bezel: Metal mesh+ABS
Motherboards ATX, Micro-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5" drive bay)
3.5" Drive Bay 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
HDD Bay 5
Cooling System 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)
I/O Panel USB 2.0x2, IEEE 1394 x1, MIC x1, eSATA x 1, SPK x1 (support Intel HD /AC' 97 Audio)
Expansion Slots 7
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2/ EPS 12V (Optional)

About the company: Cooler Master

Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.

In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for companies around the world seeking thermal solutions, and seeks to build such a reputation through outstanding technology, sophisticated design, and superior service.

Cooler Master's current business encompasses a comprehensive lineup of thermal solutions for a full range of applications. Its products range from heat sinks and fans to component housing, chassis, and ducting for computers, industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment, and many other devices.

A critical component of Cooler Master's ability to successfully pursue its mission is an unstinting commitment to quality, as demonstrated by the ISO 9001 certification granted to its main manufacturing plant in Taiwan. It has also enforced ISO guidelines and is in the process of applying for ISO 9002 certification at its second and third plants, located in China. Cooler Master has also implemented a number of analytical and testing protocols to ensure top quality, including at subcontractors, to further ensure thorough quality control. Moreover, Cooler Master's dedication to quality extends beyond manufacturing to every aspect of its operation, including service.

As a company, Cooler Master is an organization that is finely tuned to the demands of providing innovative solutions that meet customer needs as rapidly as possible. Rather than adopt a traditional corporate structure and then try to retrofit operations to suit such a preexisting structure, Cooler Master's is a company built around the nature of its operations, providing maximum efficiency and strict work-flow control. Focused on meeting customer requirements flexibly and efficiently, Cooler Master's work-flows commence with careful surveys to understand these requirements, and then proceed to R&D, manufacturing, marketing, and sales, as part of a comprehensive and tightly integrated work-flow.

Throughout the design process, Cooler Master maintains robust communications channels with customers, taking advantage of online systems as well, to keep customers informed about the status of projects and allowing Cooler Master engineers to understand customer concerns as they evolve. Moreover, Cooler Master engineers make extensive use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis software tools to model heat absorption and dissipation characteristics of in-progress designs to ensure that final products completely satisfy customer specifications.


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