My Coolermaster CM690 case got an upgrade today. I sent off for the USB 3.0 case top and panel a few days ago which replaces the 2 x USB 2.0 ports and a Fire-wire port which I will never use, and today it arrived.

Apart from the niggle of having to re-cable and re-fit the new top which took maybe 30 minutes, I now have 2 x USB.3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0 on the top. 1 x USB 2.0 on the front panel card reader, 4 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 2.0 high power outlets on the back panel.

Do I need that many ports? Of course not, but now if I upgrade the motherboard to one that supports USB 3.0, my top panel USB 3.0 ports will come into their own. My fear is that Coolermaster will be pensioning off the CM690, and this is a case I do not want to have to replace. It is difficult to get a case which is good for the purpose.

As it stands, mine has plenty of space for drives and water cooling, while allowing a good airflow through it. Air is drawn through the entire front panel, half of the underneath, the other half catering for the power supply which picks up air from underneath too, and the almost the entire back panel and two thirds of the top allow the warm air out.

On the blind side cover there is a vent for an 80mm fan which can draw air across the back of the CPU socket, and on the main side, there are two vents which, with a pair of 120mm fans fitted, can send airflow across the video card(s) and chipset. I have never seen so many holes in a case, but it definitely pays off.

And then there is the X Port, a hot pluggable SATA port good for cloning or copying to any SATA hard drive . No, I most certainly don’t ever want to have to look for new case in the future, and now I don’t have to look.