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Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML120L RGB CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML120L RGB CPU Cooler Review

We put the Cooler Master Masterliquid ML120L RGB to the test, is it all just pretty lights or does the performance keep up with the style?

Chad Sebring | Mar 12, 2018 at 10:00 am CDT - 3 mins, 48 secs time to read this page
Rating: 79%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


We are now in round three, the last of the Cooler Master coolers to have been sent over. This time we step away from air coolers and venture back into liquid cooling via a CLC AIO. The cooler we are about to see is part of the MasterLiquid series of coolers, but after hunting the product down through the website, we soon realized that this is not part of their top of the line kits.

Rather than being part of the vanilla ML series, or part of the ML Pro lineup, possibly even the ML Maker series, but no, this is a member of the MasterLiquid Lite series. Knowing this does not have us expecting much, as one would have to assume the Lite series is missing something the others possess, and we sure hope that missing piece is not performance.

In what we have seen with the air coolers which were delivered with two main features, silence, and RGB LEDs, we would also have to assume the AIO that was shipped at the same time is also part of that same move.

Sadly, we have not been pleased with what we have seen from the air coolers, but there is always the chance that being the new product is a liquid cooler, maybe Cooler Master had something up their sleeve the whole time, and are about to astonish us with a cooler that performs. Ponder that a moment, I mean the last thing one would expect to see is an AIO that can't even compete with 120mm tower coolers. Right?

The cooler we are here to test today is the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB AIO. This is a sealed loop system with no way to add coolant or incorporate other bits into the loop. The loop is cooled with a single fan, which is only half of the RGB lighting added to this loop. Like a few other Cooler Master AIOs, the head unit has a logo on it, which is also RGB controllable.

If the trend we have seen as of late from Cooler Master samples is anything to go off of, we do not see the ML120L RGB being a showstopper product. Maybe it can keep up with similar AIOs and a few decent air coolers, and we are just getting ahead of ourselves here.

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Also known as the MLW-D12M-A20PC-R1, the MasterLiquid ML120L RGB is capable of mounting to any currently supported Intel and AMD sockets, even a few from days gone by. The sealed loop cooler consists of a radiator, which is 157mm tall, 119.6mm wide, it is 27mm thick, and it is made of aluminum before being painted black. There is the tubing, which is a foot long.

The tubing is black low-evaporation tubing, which has been dressed up with plastic braid applied to it, and heat shrink tube used to keep the sleeve in place. On the other end of the tubing is the head unit. It has a copper cold plate and contains the pump too. The pump is shown to run for 70,000 hours, it is shown to be quiet, and takes its power from a 3-pin fan connection.

The fan which cools the radiator is named the same as the fans found on the MA410P and the MA610P, so we already know that airflow is not a priority. The 120mm fans are said to deliver 66.7 CFM with 2.34 mmH20 of pressure.

The DF1202512RFMN fan is PWM controlled with a 4-pin fan connection, it is said to last more than twice as long as the pump, and has four RGB LEDs in it. It does need to be said though, with all of these fans, with various specifications to each of them, if there are plans to add another, life got complicated by this.

While our outlook was not so hot at the beginning of this review, when it came time to check on the pricing, we were pleasantly surprised to see what we did. Whether looking to Newegg or Amazon for this cooler, what you will find is that it is priced at a super low $59.99.

The price being what it is, right between the MA410P and the MA610P, maybe Cooler Master has a bigger plan that we just don't see. However, we always try to wait until after testing is complete before we pass judgment, and who knows, maybe the ML120L RGB cooler is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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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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