Up front, the idea sound plausible, and the way in which Cooler Master went with this design, it is easy to adjust the cooler to whatever the system requires, and initially we assumed this might be the right way to go with liquid cooling for compact cases. While we do wish we were given feedback for the pump, everything about this product is done well, keeping what could look like a mess, clean and tidy.
We also like that there were no conflicts with the memory we use, and it will also clear the vast majority of what is offered in heat spreader designs out there. Those who use the tallest of RAM kits may need to remove the RAM to change the cooler orientation, but once in the new position, it is possible to reinstall the memory. Even things like the mounting hardware, it is a solid setup, and seems to be tight enough to apply sufficient pressure on the CPU for the best thermal transfer possible.
At the same time, there are a few things we found not to our liking. First and foremost, we found the performance to be lacking, even if we did not care about noise. We realize this cooler is small and compact, but why bother at all when you can use an air cooler for similar or better results? The hardware, while solid, is a pain to get mounted all the way, and does require the front fan from the radiator to be removed to get to two of the screws. We also get that silence is key these days when it comes to what customers want in their cases today, but we feel that this cooler needs all the fan it can get, and allowing the front fan to sit idle just kicks its chance to be the most efficient right in the grapes. The last part that has us with little options as to where to go when it comes to an award is the fact that for all the hassle, we could do better with a $50 air cooler. For double the cost, it is hard to find value in this product outside of the unique design.
Initially, $99.99 did not sound all that bad, if the MasterLiquid Maker 92 could keep up with the pack. The sad reality is, though, that the Maker 92 was sucking on an oxygen mask just to finish the race, and when it crossed the line, we felt like we needed to call in the medics and be sure it was fine to continue. If performance had been better, if the cooler was more than just a cool design, we could have gotten behind the idea and helped to push a cooler like this to the front of the line. However, with all the facts present, and knowing what we do now, we feel you are having to pay too much for something you may never change position on, and for a cooler that keeps all AMD users out of buying it.
Sorry to have to say this, but when it comes to the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92, this is an instance where something looks cool and intriguing, but once you get to testing it, you see it is all show and no go.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||64%|
The Bottom Line: Cooler Master's MasterLiquid Maker 92 is a unique way to go about liquid cooling a CPU. With lackluster performance, the hassle of installation, the lack of AMD support, and the cost factored in, we would find other means to cool our CPU over this option.
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