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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

Final Thoughts

 

The MSI Core Frozr L is a tad hit and miss. There are a lot of the positive checkboxes marked, but on the flip side, we did find a select couple of things to discuss.

 

On the lighter side of it, the installation is easy as we are lead to believe, and it takes very little time to go from out of the box to in use. MSI took a lot of time in dressing up this tower cooler for your CPU, and with bold branding front and center, within a matrix of shapes, lines, and a mix of silver black and red, makes this cooler appropriate in many rigs. For those of you out there who already use MSI products, if it were our build, we would not be able to pass on a cooler that fits the theme so well. The fact that you can change the aesthetic to a more sinister look with the black top panel, that just widens the audience of potential customers, and hopefully works out better for MSI in the end.

 

With the PWM signals in effect, we like the limited noise coming from the Torx fan, and we feel they tuned this profile well. The fat pipes, the solid feel of this cooler, attention to fin spacing, fin angles, and redirecting airflow makes the most out of this fans abilities. All of what we said here are great reasons to want this cooler in your rig.

 

 

On the darker side of that same fence, we did run into a couple of things. We like the touches of red on the fan corners, but having them in play makes the fan too thick to fit in behind the memory. Having to adjust a fan upwards to fit the cooler is bad in two ways. First of all, you can increase height as to not fit in the case any longer. The second reason and the one with the most impact is that the fan is not covering the fins as intended, and will lower efficiency.

 

That leads us into our second thing. Thermals were not horrible, but not what we expected to see after seeing what the True Spirit 140 Direct was capable of. Yes, there are more pipes in that design, and the fan fits properly to effectively cool the tower without a doubt, but priced nearly identical, we expect other coolers in the same price range to be close in comparison, not as much as four degrees between them. MSI makes sure that even with an overclock applied, you will not get close to throttling, but we feel they could have done better with a design as well thought out as the Core Frozr L is.

 

Even if it isn't the best performing $50 cooler on the market, it is slick, and many will overlook the slight lack of performance and potential fan clearance issues known. The top of the Core Frozr L is either going to leave you loving it or hating it, and we already know where the MSI users lean. Older systems on up through current stock, motherboards and video cards will match the cooler, and for one, we like it a lot when everything matches in a build. There is no reason other than appearance to do so, but we completely understand the want to brand match an entire build. It could be worse, as we expected the price point to be closer to $80, but MSI can deliver the Core Frozr L, at just $49.99, shocking us, and making a lot of people with a bit of disposable income want to buy this cooler.

 

Even knowing what we know, we still think we would change fans just to have this tower cooler sitting in with the rest of our MSI gear. Many have tried this, and many did not work out so well, but this is one motherboard maker that has broken through the subtle looking options, and delivered a cooler capable of cooling a CPU with average results, but looks stunning while it does it.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance85%
Quality including Design and Build92%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging98%
Value for Money92%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: Not the greatest at controlling temperatures, but MSI broke the barrier with their design and aesthetics. The cooler is relatively quiet, stunning to look at, and has color options. An affordable solution to theme match any MSI build.

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