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Casemodding quickly became a mainstream phenomenon and just about everyone was in on the action. Some Mfgs actually understood the problem and created some elegant and functional designs, while others took this as an opportunity to cash in on a marketing trend. Sadly these designs were often cheap in nature and were really nothing more than polished boxes made from cheap metal and glossy paint. Of course we can't ignore the guys in the middle that opted copy the elegant designs and then replace the good parts with cheap ones with the intent of underselling the original designers.
Thankfully we won't be reviewing any of those cases anytime soon.
In this review we will be looking at a new midtower case from CoolerMaster called the CM690. This case features several innovative things such as a completely tool less design, places for 8 cooling fans, 7 120mm and 1 80mm, and external media ports including audio, USB, Firewire, and eSATA. However the most amazing thing is the price, somehow CoolerMaster included all of these features and still made this case affordable.
Lets get started shall we?