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What's the next CM 690? (need USB 3 ports)

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December 11, 2011 5:00:59 PM

I've been looking at cases for about 3 weeks - I like the "Cooler Master" brand, and I finally thought I had what I needed in the RC-692-KKN2 (690 Advanced) - but then I see that this seems like an old case.

I love the cooling potential (all the front/top grating)... I'll be OC'ing.

I don't like that the IO ports on the front panel are "2x USB 2.0". Does that mean it's incompatible with USB 3? (my USB 3.0 Flex drive would like a front plug)

So, if this case won't work, any other ideas?

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mATX mobo, but want ATX ability (future)
Don't want a case that's too small (can't breathe, hard to build), but don't want something that takes up the whole living room...
Don't worry about price - more interested in what I want!
I like Cooler Master, but...

Purchase imminent - just need the right one!

All comments welcome! Thanks!

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December 11, 2011 5:10:05 PM

Wow - I just found this - will this work?

CM USB 3.0 front panel

(Don't know why I didn't see it before.)
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December 11, 2011 5:34:09 PM

Cooler Master recently announced that they would be updating the CM 690 II with USB3. But if you can't confirm that that is the version you're going to buy then yes that front panel accessory/USB 3 adapter is what you want. The motherboard will need an internal USB3 connector as well obviously.

Other cases which share the same similar internal design to the CM 690 II include:
Rosewill Blackhawk
Enermax Fulmo
anidees AI6
Lepa LPC302
Nexus Prominent R
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December 12, 2011 4:12:20 AM

Here is what I know about the mobo I am imminently receiving (this week!):

USB Ports:
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z68 chipset :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)

It is the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z 1155 Z68... several mid-board USB's. ;o)
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December 12, 2011 2:07:54 PM

Gee whiz - that adapter from Cooler Master is like $59.00!!!! Too bad I don't see an option to buy it with the case for a discounted price. Maybe it's made out of gold.
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December 12, 2011 2:53:37 PM

ellmo said:
Here is what I know about the mobo I am imminently receiving (this week!):

USB Ports:
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z68 chipset :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)

It is the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z 1155 Z68... several mid-board USB's. ;o)


A couple of suggestions:

Corsair Carbide 400R - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fractal Design Arc MINI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fractal Design Arc MIDI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note - with the Arc MINI you will only be able to use Micro ATX motherboards.

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Gee whiz - that adapter from Cooler Master is like $59.00!!!! Too bad I don't see an option to buy it with the case for a discounted price. Maybe it's made out of gold.


Yeah Cooler Master tends to way overprice any addins or modifications for their towers.
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December 13, 2011 12:08:17 AM

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December 13, 2011 12:09:59 AM

Thanks for the tip - It looks like Corsair may work great - your link led me to also look at the 500R - so I'll proabbly pick one of those. :) 
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December 13, 2011 12:14:10 AM

ellmo said:
Thanks for the tip - It looks like Corsair may work great - your link led me to also look at the 500R - so I'll proabbly pick one of those. :) 


Good choice. I have the Graphite 600T and it is an AMAZING case.
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