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MSI CORE FROZR L CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)


MSI not only make motherboards and graphics cards, they also produce CPU coolers, such as the CORE FROZR L.

Chad Sebring | Jan 30, 2017 at 01:21 pm CST - 4 mins, 23 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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Thinking about MSI, the first thing to come to mind is a solid motherboard and video card manufacturer. Of course, they also offer complete systems, VR backpacks, laptops, and even peripherals, but we would not have guessed that they were looking into CPU coolers as a way of expanding their brand. An AIO; sure, we completely get that. Everyone else in the game seems to have their name on an AIO of some shape today, but that is not what MSI did. They have decided to venture into air cooling and made a CPU cooler that any MSI motherboard or video card user is going to want to have in their system.

This newer cooler is a single tower design, with a dense fin array, it is cooled with a single fan, though it is capable of holding two, and brings styling that many MSI fans will wholeheartedly appreciate. By no means do we think others may not want a cooler such as what MSI has made, quite the contrary, but once you see the top of the tower, you will completely understand why current MSI customers would love to add this to their build. On top of everything else, even though it is not cheap to make a CPU cooler, MSI has come out swinging with a delightful looking cooler which does not gouge you when it comes time to buy it.

The cooler of the day is the Core Frozr L from MSI. As we mentioned above, this tower has what is needed to take on the processors of today, and we can assure you that you have never seen a tower cooler blend in with the rest of the product lineup like this before. MSI took styling to new heights, and not only delivers a large branded badge on top of this cooler, but it is also backlit, and comes with the option to use a black top cover or a silver one.

In the long run, you can blend this tower cooler into many series of motherboards and the various Frozr video cards. Even though we do not run an MSI motherboard, and our experience with their video cards is limited, we like the design and aesthetic of the Core Frozr L. As long as it is capable of doing work, we could see ourselves using this in any silver and red or black and red themed system.

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In the chart taken directly from the MSI product page, we find the Core Frozr L to be beefy, weighing in at 960 grams including the fan. Dimensionally, the cooler is 140mm wide, it stands 155mm tall, and is 55mm thick without the fan, and 84mm with the accompanying fan installed. Compatibility is high on both sides of the fence, as it will fit anything since and including LGA775 from Intel, and anything after or since the AM2 socket from AMD. What they do not say here is that there are 51 aluminum fins press fit over four 8mm diameter heat pipes. The base and the heat pipes are all made of copper, but both are also nickel plated to dress it up a touch and help fight corrosion of the copper. On top of the tower is a thick plastic cap. This cap is highly stylized on the top of it, it includes a large MSI logo in the center of it, and there are LEDs which illuminate with red lighting.

The 120mm Torx fan that is included in the box is explained in great detail. It spins on a hydro-dynamic bearing in a range of speed between 500 and 1800 RPM, with a slightly higher percentage of error than most fans. At low speeds, the fan will bottom out with 19.79 CFM and only 0.16 mmH2O of pressure behind it. With the fan at maximum speed, expect 71.27 CFM and 2.09 mmH2O of pressure. The noise level is shown to be audible, maxing out at 33.6 dB(A), but that number likely won't be hit much if utilizing the PWM circuit to power the 4-pin connector. In an average temperature environment, the fan is shown to last 150,000 hours, and the last thing to note is that they also supply a small tube of a premium thermal compound.

Anyone who reads our cooler reviews know we have an affinity for coolers that do not cross the $50 mark, and this happens to be one of them. The Core Frozr L has been on the market for some time by now, and as such, the availability of this cooler is quite high at present. Looking at both Newegg and Amazon, the price is the same at just $49.99. Both Premier and Prime members will get free shipping too, so grab this cooler from whichever place is easiest for you.

In what you are about to see, you would expect with a premium brand and this being new, pricing could have easily been much higher. The best thing about it is, not only do MSI keep the bar lowered, but with what they have been able to pack into the MSI Core Frozr L at this price, even without any previous MSI products in your arsenal, this may just be your entry to their family anyways.

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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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