Cooler Master Introduces New Cases At Computex 2013
To my mind Cooler Master is synonymous with one thing: computer cases. They have created some fantastic cases in the past and I’m sure many of you have, at one point in your PC career, thought a Cooler Master case. Computex 2013 has Cooler Master introducing some tantalizing additions to some of their case series; namely the 690, Cosmos, and Elite series.
The 690 series holds a special corner in many a gamer’s heart. The original CM 690 and CM 692 (CM 690 II) mid-tower cases were very well received by mid-range builders, and modders alike. These cases focus on being relatively affordable, and also exude some high end functionally and features often found in upper tier cases. It appears the new CM 693, barring the unreleased price, seems to embody the same attributes and design styles of its older siblings. One can see from the specifications, the CM 693 is wider, shorter and longer than its immediate predecessor while being a bit lighter.
One benefit of this reconfiguration is the, now, standard 200mm fan support on the front and top of the chassis. This should generally lower fan noise while improving airflow. Furthermore, it also allows taller CPU coolers to be mounted.
An interesting thing I’ve noticed from pictures of the case is that the HDD mounting system looks quite intriguing. It seems like one can change the positioning of the top HDD mounting system to cater exclusively for 2.5″ drives (thus giving more graphics card length room), or conversely being able to change it for conventional 3.5″ support (hopefully with 2.5″ compatible sleds). In short, it allows a lot more adaptability than the previous iterations.
Otherwise, as you can plainly see, the CM 693 still maintains its “CM 690” look, with fully meshed top and front panels, boasting sleek silver linings. However, the absence of steel from the materials list is a tad worrying, and hopefully it is just missing from the list and not the actual case itself.
Moving to the Cosmos series, Cooler Master has shrunk the gargantuan Cosmos II case into a smaller version, dubbing it the Cosmos SE (or what some are already calling the Cosmos Mini). There is not much technical information out on the Cosmos Mini, but from news feeds and pictures from Computex, the case features design aspects that are a quintessential sign of the Cosmos range: the top and bottom protruding metal bars. It may be smaller than its bigger counterpart, but it still seems to have enough space for ATX boards and of support up to 360mm radiators.
Saving the smallest for last, we have an update to the Elite series. Cooler Master’s Elite 130 is effectively in line to replace the Elite 120.
The case is a lightweight unit that is meant to house large graphics cards on mini-ITX systems, all of which can be powered by full standard ATX Power Supplies. However, besides a few different hard drive configurations, the only adaption I can see, between this case and its Elite 120 predecessor, is the meshed front panel. Otherwise, according to the specs shown, they are similar in every way.
Therefore, it’s more of a semi-refresh that a full redesign.
There we have it, new cases from Cooler Master that are looking mighty impressive. Now, more importantly, which of the three cases would you get? I would do some questionable things to get my hands on the CM 693.