Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Looking back at just about every AIO or CLC system we have seen over the years, the majority of these coolers have been the same thing as one another, with minor changes here and there. The basic concept of the CLC system is to offer users a way of removing the weight of the CPU cooler from the socket while offering the benefits of a liquid cooled system. The vast majority of these systems all have common features. There is a head unit which sits on the CPU and with a pump mounted just above the cold plate, the liquid is cycled through the head unit to remove the heat from the CPU. Beyond that, the coolant passes through tubes of various styles, some naked, some with plastic covering them, and some with a braided sleeve, but all are used for the same purpose. Then, of course, there are aluminum radiators attached at the other end of the tubing, using a fan, a pair of fans, and even up to four fans, to move the heat from the liquid into the room.
While everyone and their monkey is using this basic idea to offer their versions of AIOs, not everyone sees that as the end of the road. For instance, Cooler Master has developed a system which uses all of the components of a typical AIO but has condensed it into a much more compact system. All of the same principles are at play with their latest AIO design, but the idea here is to return the bulk of the cooler to the motherboard, while at the same time returning airflow to the motherboard and power delivery components, something many other AIOs just do not have the ability to do. The only drawback to such a system is that the overall size has to be limited due to chassis constraints, but it appears that Cooler Master has come up with ways to make this AIO even shorter for those who do have smaller cases.
Today, we bring you the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 closed loop cooling system. With everything contained in a single unit, Cooler Master can offer features which other AIOs cannot. The major benefit to such a cooler design is that by using a special bracket design for this cooler, the MasterLiquid Maker 92 can be run vertically or horizontally. Why you may ask, is this important? The basis for this feature is not only to be able to reduce the overall height but to bring back the down flow of air to the motherboard as well, something many air and liquid coolers do not compensate for these days. There are also a few other cool features incorporated into the MasterLiquid Maker 92 from Cooler Master, but you will have to stick it out and read through this review to find out what this cooler is all about.
Following the chart provided by Cooler Master, we initially see that the MasterLiquid Maker 92 also goes by the MLZ-H92M-A26PK-R1 name as well. The second thing listed in this chart is likely most important, however. As we can see this cooler only supports Intel processors from LGA1156 on up through LGA 2011-V3. There are no options for AMD users at this time. The system is powered via a SATA power connector, and like the rest of the AIO designs, it is based on an aluminum radiator. Dimensionally, the cooler stands 167mm tall in the vertical position, 99.9mm wide, and 81.6mm in thickness. With the cooler moved into a horizontal alignment, the cooler stands only 118.8mm tall, it then changes to 142mm in width, but the thickness remains the same.
The fans that ship with the cooler are 92mm fans that have frames which measure 95mm and these fans are 25.4mm thick. The maximum airflow from these fans is rated at 49.7CFM with a combined static pressure rating of 6.4mmH2O. The noise level is said to be at 30 dB(A), the runtime is shown to be 350,000 hours, and if left to run with 12V all of the time, they will last only 50,000 hours. To help combat the shorter lifespan of the fans if used with full power, Cooler Master has designed the front fan to stay idle until the cooler reaches a certain thermal threshold, and it will then kick in to aid the rear fan, both of which are PWM controlled.
The pump, which is found at the top of the radiator in this design, is shown to only deliver 12 dB(A) of noise, so it is likely that users will never hear it running. The pump is rated to run for 175,000 hours in normal usage, but if forced to run full speed, the lifespan is cut to 50,000 hours of use. We do not see anything about flow rate, RPMs, or anything specific about the pump, but we do see that this cooler is backed by a five-year warranty.
When it comes to pricing, we still are not certain how we feel about it yet. Looking around the internet to get the best price, we see that no matter where the MasterLiquid Maker 92 is to be found, all of the pricing is the same. At the CM Store, the cooler is listed at $99.00 for those who want to buy directly from the manufacturer. If you like to use Amazon or Newegg to buy things, both locations show a current listing at $99.99, with free shipping offered to paid members. Keep in mind, this is the going rate for a single 120mm radiator based AIO, and even if there are a few tricks that this cooler can do what others cannot, we feel performance needs to be close to make this cooler from Cooler Master have much value.
Stick with us, as we plan to not only show off all of the cool new tricks the MasterLiquid Maker 92 has to offer but as we always do, we will put it through its paces and see just how well this cooler stacks up against all the rest.
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