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MSI CORE FROZR L CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 7:21 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

MSI CORE FROZR L CPU Cooler

 

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Staring the Core Frozr L right in the face, it is hard to miss the black fan with red trim, and the MSI dragon printed onto a brushed metal plate. The corners of the fan use red rubber isolators, the frame is black, and so are the 14 blades in it. The Torx fan does cover the majority of the fins and can sit low to help cool the motherboard.

 

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For now, let us just cover the top bit of the cooler. There is a thick plastic cap atop the 51 fins. Things to note with the fins is that they are all angled lower in the front and higher in the back, and each has the side enclosed to redirect airflow, while also keeping the spacing between the fins correct.

 

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Looking now at the back of the Core Frozr L, we can see the fins are all interlocked in the center of the span, and we can also see the heat pipes running through the fins in four locations across them. This is also a good time to point out the offset design of this cooler, and the curves the pipes had to take to make that possible.

 

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Since we covered the top half when we looked at the other side, we will move below the fins now. There may only be four heat pipes in the base of this cooler, but these copper pipes are 8mm in diameter. We also noticed that they are plated with nickel and then fitted into the base, and have the fins pressed onto them.

 

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The top pf the cooler raises the bar when it comes to looks. Only Cooler Master is known for trying things like this, and we feel that MSI does a terrific job in the aesthetics department. The combination of silver and black and that huge MSI logo, it is aggressive, but not enough to cross into gaudy. Keep in mind too, everything you see in the main center section in silver, it can be changed to black.

 

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We removed the fan from the tower for two reasons. The first is to show the shape of the fins, or in this case, the lack of it, as these fins are flat from side to side. The other thing we want to point out is that not only does the fan have rubber bits to isolate it, but there are also four pads on the tower to allow the use of any fan without vibrations.

 

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At the bottom of the fin stack, we see that two of the pipes took bends so tight that the fins had to be opened to allow passage of them so that the curve can continue higher than the fin stack. While we do not see signs of solder where the fins are pressed onto the pipes, we do see evidence of crimping, which can only tighten the bond and hopefully boost performance.

 

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The base of the cooler is made of two pieces of copper that are left with a brushed finish, and then they are nickel plated. The top section of the base is where the hardware connects to the tower, as it used the holes on either side to lock the cross bar in place.

 

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The lower section of copper has a finer texture than on the top of the base, but not by much. The bulk of this area is slightly convex, and near the edges, we do see more deflection, but that is outside of the contact area. The paste will fill the grooves, and a rough base does not directly mean reduced heat transfer.

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