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.
Stock, at 58.75-degrees, we are not upset with the results. The MA610P cost is similar, and we are close to a $150 AIOs performance in silent mode. The performance here is not the best, unmistakably, yet at the same time, we aren't mad at CM, they explained up front it may not be the best performing option out there.
Temperature jumps up to 76.25-degrees with the overclock applied. Still keeping up with much more expensive AIOs, and is not that far away from all of the $50 coolers that are above and below it on the chart.
Nearly two degrees is all that is left in the tank, moving from PWM control of the fans to a constant supply of 12V. With what you will see in the following charts, Cooler Master does a terrific job of getting the most from the cooler while being silent, as not to have to deal with the noise that comes up during this test.
Noise Level Results
As it stands in the chart, the ML240L RGB appears to be poor in this test. However, there are only a couple we would say have failed, and the 32 dB of noise, while the fans spin at 1194 RPM, is easy to deal with.
As the fans move from around 1200 RPM to 1406 RPM, with just 200 RPM climbed, the noise level does not move that much. At this time, we heard 37 dB of noise, and it is still in the range of not being that big of a deal, and in a closed chassis, it is likely you will not hear much of them at all.
The next 600 RPM jump to 1980 RPM when the fans are powered with 12V, the increase in noise is vast. 52 dB is annoying, and no matter the chassis used, you will hear these droning away. For what little gain there is by doing so, and with the efficiency of the PWM fan curve, you will never need to go here, unless you are clocking the pants off of your processor.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240L 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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