It is almost as if Cooler Master has bad luck with their coolers. IF this is the way they intended things to play out, we are uncertain of why they would send them to us. Cooler Master has to have some in-house results, and they also know that we won't guild the lily for them. It was bad enough that we got a pair of air coolers which we felt were sub-par for the cost, size, and while our expectations may have been more than the coolers were willing to provide, we don't see them selling well if the shopper compares them to other offerings.
Sadly, we feel the same way about this MasterLiquid ML120L RGB cooler. No amount of cost savings or fancy RGB LED lights are going to make customers choose this over so many other, better performing, AIO coolers, with the same or slightly higher noise levels.
What also is slightly disappointing is that nowhere on the box does it mention to a potential customer that this is part of the Lite series. A few might assume something from the last L in the product name, but we had no idea until we visited the product page.
There comes the point of diminishing returns for any product. If you screw around with the three-part formula, something always has to give. Cooler Master got the price right, they surely updated the looks and appeal with RGB lighting, but it appears nobody cared about overall performance, which took a hit right in the jewels.
There is some good to see in all of this, but the points we are going to make change nothing for the charts. We like the hardware, as it easy to use, and in just a few minutes, you are up and running.
We liked the RGB offering, and even if you do not have a compatible motherboard, Cooler Master ensures a form of options control, even if it is a bit odd to use. We like that they dressed up the tubing, and offer enough length to install the radiator where you want it to go, but in the end, these things will not sway our decision.
Granted, the $59.99 price will draw users in like flies to a pile of poop, but we can also see many users unhappy with the decision to pull the trigger on this cooler. Yes, the RGB LEDs will look good, yes, the fan is quiet when PWM controlled, and the ML120L RGB is compact and easier to fit in more cases. We would hope that buyers are smart, and compare reviews before buying, but we feel that Cooler Master seems to be overlooking the real point many users go to liquid cooling in the first place.
They aren't the only company which thinks silence is most important to users, but there is a point to where you go so far to achieve one goal that the concept is no longer valid. We hate to be so harsh, especially to the same company, with three coolers in a row, but we hope they take these reviews to heart. A name can carry a company, but only so far. If something doesn't change, we feel the fans they had may look on to greener pastures, even if more expensive, and without the bling factor of RGB.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: At first glance, the MasterLiquid ML120L RGB cooler may seem like the perfect idea. However, after putting it through its paces, and seeing the lackluster abilities, we would suggest looking at something else if pondering a sealed liquid cooler.
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