Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII HERO (Intel Z170) - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Patriot Viper 4 3000MHz 4X4GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB OC - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: INWIN D-Frame - Read our review
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 1050W - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.75.3900, and CPU-z 1.77.0 x64
To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.
While 60.5 degrees is not all that bad, as it runs right with a Kraken X52 in silent mode, we have a hard time looking past the fact that the MA410P and the MA610P both do better. We are nowhere near throttling the CPU, but we did expect more from the ML120L RGB.
Again, the ML120L RGB is neck and neck with the X52, but that cooler is crippled with silent mode. 78.75 degrees to us a bit much for this test, especially when the Masterair coolers three or more degrees more efficient.
Adding in all of the fan speed we could get from it, increasing the noise levels to a point where it can be annoying, we were able to get the ML120L RGB to do a little bit better. At 76.5 degrees, the chart does not bode well though. Even the Icekimo did better, and the mounting for that cooler blows.
Noise Level Results
While the fan was turning at 1150 RPM, we found the fan to deliver only 28 dB of noise into the room. However, we had to disconnect the pump for a second to get that reading, as the pump is a solid 30 dB at all times.
Applying the overclock, the fan topped out in this run at 1425 RPM. Still, low compared to the maximum RPM, but the curve is set to favor silence and is why we heard only 32 dB of noise from it.
Letting the fan lose on the ML120L RGB radiator, we did see speeds of 2000 RPM, which is where the fan should go. However, to gain a measly couple of degrees performance, the noise jumped to 45 dB, which is considerably more noise for such little gains.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML120L RGB CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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