Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Just over a year ago now, we reviewed the Cooler Master Nepton 240M, and for those who missed it then, there is a reason it is hard to find today. Cooler Master used the Asetek idea of offering a head unit with the pump and cold plate being in one single chamber, in doing so. Eventually, it was found that Cooler Master could no longer sell these units inside of the US. So rather than turning tail and hiding from the giant of the industry, Cooler Master found a way to design an AIO, which does not infringe on the Asetek patent, and in doing so, should not be pulled from the market, allowing all of us to take advantage of what Cooler Master has to offer.
The reality is, though, this late in the game, developing a new AIO, there is a huge wall of already well-known companies, already blocking Cooler Master's path. To help tear down that wall, Cooler Master went back to the basic components, and asked themselves, what else could be done to take our kit over the top? In answering this very question, Cooler Master delivered us with the most thought out hardware that makes life simpler for us, yet at the same time almost make you smile with some of the changes we see in their new AIO.
Today we are looking into the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240, which is the latest edition to the Master/Maker series of products. Judging from their product page, they hit on things like Flow Op technology, which is the name for their overall design philosophy. In this quest, they looked at the heat flow and used it as the cornerstone to deciding what components and accessories are needed to last longer and perform better than the massive amount of competitors out there. That said, expectations are high, and we feel that by now Cooler Master should have a great solution, based on what we saw in the past. Hopefully the MasterLiquid Pro 240 is more than dressed to impress so that Cooler Master can jump right back in the game and attempt to get their slice of the AIO liquid CPU cooler pie.
In this series of coolers, we see that there are two versions being offered at this time. There is the MasterLiquid Pro 240 we have today, but they also offer the MasterLiquid Pro 120, for those with lower TDP processors, or those without the space required for the 240mm version. Compatibility is as good as it gets. Everything Intel including LGA775 or newer sockets are supported, and as for the AMD side, the FM and AM sockets are all covered. Along with finding that this is a mixed metal AIO, using aluminum for the radiator, we also find its dimensions. There we are shown that this unit is 275mm long, it is 118.5mm wide, and is 27mm thick.
Now we move over to the fans that cool this system, the MasterFan Pro 120 AB fans. These are 25mm thick, 120mm fans with a rubberized frame, and uses sickle-shaped translucent fan blades. The chart shows that these fans will spin from 500 to 2000 RPM, but the fans say they cap at 2500RPM. Assuming the rest is correct, they should deliver near 70CFM per fan, and are rated at 2.34 mmH2O of pressure. They are said to last an astounding 490,000 hours, or possible 70,000 hours when running at level 10. The noise ranges from six to thirty decibels on the adjusted scale, are spun on a POM bearing, and are PWM controllable via the 4-pin power leads.
They do also bring attention to the head unit as well. At the bottom of the chart, we find the dimensions of 94.8mm of height, 56.8mm from one side to another, and the longer sides measure out to 68mm. The pump inside is rated to run up to 175,000 hours, and again it drops if used at full speed all the time, down to 50,000 hours. The unit is rated for less than ten dBA of noise when drawing six watts of power via the 4-pin fan lead. Cooler Master also offers a bit of LED lighting in the head unit, and when powered, there is a blue glow behind the cover plate.
Pricing is varied dependent on where you look to buy the MasterLiquid Pro 240 from. Cooler Master lists this cooler for just $90.99 at this time, down $29 from its original MSRP, and seems to be the best location to grab it at this time. For those who frequent Newegg, expect to shell out a bit more cash to obtain this cooler, as they list it at $117.24 currently, which is not that great of a deal. Amazon.com is following the trend Cooler Master has set, and while not as affordable as a direct purchase, the $94.99 they are asking is more reasonable than what Newegg has going on at the moment. This is affordable for a 240mm AIO system, but we will wait until the testing is finished to give our verdict on value.
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