Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
As Cooler Master entered the liquid cooling game, things started off for them with the Seidon series of coolers. A year or so after that, they dropped the Neptune series, and what differentiated them, outside of the size of the units we tested, is that the former used a round head unit, while the latter was square. Another year or two passed, and Cooler Master dove into what they called the MASTERLIQUID coolers. In this series, we have seen them followed with things like Maker, and Pro, even ML, but this time around the moniker merely is MASTERLIQUID followed by the size of the radiator, but it is what comes at the end that makes all the difference.
The most important letter towards the end of the name is an "L." In the terminology that Cooler Master has developed, this letter stands for Lite. What they intend to do with the Lite series, is to dial back the noise, dial back performance, and even dial back the price. The second bit of the end of the name is that this cooler is RGB capable. This can be handled in one of two ways. There is support for various motherboard makers RGB LED Sync systems, or the other option is to use an included controller system, which enables those without Sync capabilities the ability to still have the desired color or pattern of lights displayed.
Getting to the nuts and bolts of why we are here today, it is to introduce to you, the MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB cooler from Cooler Master. We have addressed the naming, we have discussed what comes in a cooler with this name, and it is about time we dive right in and see how this cooler comes out in the end. While we show off the MASTERLIQUID ML240 L RGB in as fine a detail as we can, put it through our rigorous testing, and present our findings, we do feel that Cooler Master is on a better path. While many companies are using fancy marketing and still digging deep into your pockets, Cooler Master is upfront with their intentions, and have adjusted all aspects accordingly.
The ML240L RGB can also be searched for using the MLW-D24M-A20PC-R1 so that there is no confusion with previously released MASTERLIQUID coolers. It is designed to work with All Intel sockets going back as far as LGA775, and anything AMD since AM2. The radiator is made of aluminum, and is 277mm long, 119,6mm wide, and is 27mm thick. There is no mention of the tubing, but we know it is sleeved, and it is twelve inches in length. The tubing connects the head unit to the rest of the loop and is where the heat removal begins with the help of the built-in pump. The head unit is 76mm in diameter, but due to mounting tabs, in one direction it is 80.3mm wide. It stands 42.2mm in height, can run for 70,000 hours, is quiet, is powered with a 3-pin fan connector, and all of the parts included in the box are covered for two years under warranty.
There is a pair of fans that come in the box to cool the radiator. The 120mm fans of choice in this instance are the MasterFan 120 AB-DF1202512RFMN. These black framed fans with nine clear blades and hub are used not only to remove heat but also as an additional way to deliver RGB LED lighting outside of the Cooler Master logo on the top of the head unit. This fans can top out at 2000 RPM, deliver 66.7 CFM, and can push 2.34 mmH2O of pressure. The life of the fans is over twice what the pump is rated for, they are 30 dB(A) at max volume, and use 4-pin PWM connections for power.
Most 240mm AIOs would release at least $129, and we have seen some examples lately that creep much closer to the $150 mark. However, as we mentioned earlier on, Cooler Master is one company that is willing not to rake the customers over the coals. Cooler Master knows this is not the best performer in the group, and with that knowledge, set the MSRP at $99.99, and remember, this is a 240mm AIO here. What we like even more, is that if you are one to shop around, better deals can be found. At this time, the cooler can be had for just $79.99 at Amazon, which brings more value. If you are looking for the best way to get your money's worth from an AIO, you should look to Newegg for it, because right now it is only $69.99 there. We applaud Cooler Master for not demanding top dollar here, and when it concludes, this will bode well for them.
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