In the end, the MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB is not the best of much really when you look at the charts. At the same time, there is much more to consider when it comes to this cooler. While we have been on tilt with companies asking the same price for new coolers, while delivering much less cooling, but adding things for fun, that does not affect what the cooler does for temperatures.
Where Cooler Master breaks the mold, is that they are honest about everything. They know what it does, and they added RGB, following the trend of many others. At the same time, they are sure to keep costs appropriate, because they know that the RGB lighting is not much more to add if it had no lights at all. With the trend of silence over everything in an AIO design, Cooler Master is giving us hope, which you don't have to feel ripped off, just for the ease of mounting the cooler and offsetting the heat. The cooler is solid, it is well thought out, and the additional gear for optional RGB control is a massive bonus for those with older systems, or even new ones without RGB supportive motherboards.
Aside from mounting the brackets to the head unit, much of the installation can be done by hand, whether it is the use of the long fan screws, or the knurled nuts to mount eh cooler to the motherboard. When Cooler Master mentioned the five minute install time, of just the cooler mind you, they are not far off the mark. While the RGB implementation is not the best on the market, at this price, it doesn't need to be. We like that as the motherboard and chassis cycle through colors in various modes; our ML240L RGB will match whatever is going on. Even if you are stuck with the optional controls, the modes and color choices there will keep most customers happy.
What is all boils down to in the end is the cost. Being able to obtain the MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB cooler at $69.99 is outstanding. While it cannot top the chart, it did not cost more than $100 either. It is silent when under control of the PWM circuits in regular use, and the bling factor doesn't cost anything extra to have. It is just there already. Nearly $40 cheaper than some similar coolers we have just seen helps ease the fact that AIOs are not looking to top the charts anymore. We thank you, Cooler Master, for delivering a product as many others do, give us plenty to look at and enjoy, all while putting the price at a point to where customers appreciate what is going on. Not only can we have something to look at through the window, and show it off to friends and family, but we get it all without having to start a GoFundMe page to afford it.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: The MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB may not be a chart topper, but what it does offer is great for the end-user! It is quiet, it is easy to install, appeal is up due to RGB LEDs, and best of all, it is priced where it should be! No individual feature is worthy of a special award, but CM is on the right path!
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