Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 CPU Cooler
Fresh out of the box, we start the tour off with a look at the head unit. From this view, the first thing we noticed was the clear top with the Cooler Master logo etched to the underside. We also notice this design it taller than most other AIOs out there, and we see tabs for mounting hardware at the bottom, rather than the more traditional teeth round on round head units.
This side of the head unit offers one tube running down to the lower of the two halves in this design. This tube is pulling heated coolant from the cold plate, and returning it to the radiator to be cooled. As with any other AIO design, these are swivel fittings and will rotate to make mounting and hose routing easier.
The opposite side is much different. Here we see that the tube is returning cooled fluid it dumped into the top section containing the pump. It then is sent down the small angled tube to return fluid to the cold plate. There are also a few other companies using a similar setup but are not as hidden into the design as this one is.
Just above one of the mounting tabs, we see that there is a short lead coming out of the head unit. This braided lead will power the pump and LED lighting via a 4-pin connection on the motherboard, and it can be PWM controlled.
The cold plate is not one level in this design, as we see a square section in the center raised above the outside edges. Cooler Master also uses a protective sticker to keep the base clean and free of damage.
We hope this is just found in the pre-release samples, as they were likely rushed to us to review, but we do find quite a bit of oxidation from coolant or cutting fluid, and even a few fingerprints are present. While we will simply polish this off of our sample, we do home the retail samples will be cleaned properly before being boxed.
As we have seen only a couple of times to date, Cooler Master wants to make sure that this cooler can be used in more locations than others. They offer over 15 inches of corrugated plastic covered FEP tubing, allowing this to go into the top of the case, but even has enough to go in the front of the newer cases too.
The radiator in this kit is indeed made for two 120mm fans to cool it, and while upside-down at the moment, we do see the Cooler Master logo and the name of the cooler, painted in white on this side.
At this end of the radiator, we see the tubing is stretched over the fittings, just like we saw on the head unit. We also see a fill-port to the right, which is not to be tampered with if you want to use the warranty. The sticker on the end of this 27mm thick radiator provides the part number first, and the second half is the serial number.
The site explains that this radiator is supposed to have a square fin arrangement, where more of the fins are touching the tubes, to offer better heat transfer. What we were sent, though, is a V-shaped fin design, typical to most radiators, and they use a 24 FPI density in our sample.
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