MasterLiquid ML240L RGB
650 - 2000 RPM
6 - 30 dB
Yes - 240 mm
- 35 points
- 16 months ago
from completed build Geothermal
For $50-$70, depending of what the deals are when you're picking this up, it does its job and does it well enough I really can't think of any reason to not recommend it if you're wanting a solid AIO on a budget.
The long thumb screws make installing the fans to the radiator a simple affair, even if I would recommend tightening them a bit farther with a screwdriver once they are in place. The mounting hardware for the CPU was also easy to figure out, though I had to fish around in the Intel baggie for the proper machine screws for the AM4 brackets. Mounting was easy enough and the swivel fittings on the pump for the hoses are invaluably convenient for final organization and aesthetics.
The fans are a good compromise between airflow and static pressure, but they fall flat on lighting and noise. My Deepcool fans are substantially nicer to look at and listen to. I'll be honest, the pair of included Cooler Master fans are the primary source of system noise with my rig and I'll probably be replacing them in the near future, but for the time being I can deal with the noise, as they do their job well enough. When installing the AIO, though, please pay attention to the total thickness of the radiator with the fans screwed in. At 52mm in total thickness, I just BARELY had enough clearance for the heatsinks on my RAM modules when top-mounting the radiator, so keep that in mind when deciding on placement and fitment for your components.
The non-addressable RGB is suitably bright and evenly spaced on the pump, but it's not particularly well-diffused on the fans. Be aware that the pump and fans all use their own separate RGB cables and PWN cables and if you want your fans to be able to do a different color than the pump, you'll need to put the pump on a different RGB header like I did. I didn't have to use the inline controller, as my motherboard includes 4-pin RGB headers, so I can't comment on the controller.
In terms of cooling, it does its job and does it well. I have the radiator mounted as a top exhaust on my case and even with my Ryzen 5 1600 overclocked to 4.0GHz, I have never seen more than 61 degrees Celcius when running a CPU+GPU stress test for multiple hours.
So in terms of performance, build quality, assembly, and lighting, it's an awesome value and I can easily recommend it for those things. My only complaint, in addition to the fans, is the installation instructions- they're simply awful. In typical Cooler Master fashion, all you get is a simple multi-fold pamphlet with vague illustrations and almost no written instructions. I've worked with Cooler Master systems a few times and every time, it's the same story: the instructions and the fans are the weak links, whereas the rest of the hardware always punches above its class. If only they could keep that same quality when it comes to their fans and instructions.
- 32 points
- 23 months ago
from completed build Smashed i7-8700k build
Great value for a 240mm AIO cooler. Easy to install. Fans seem very loud, so I swapped for BeQuiet SilentWings 3 fans. Looks sharp and RGB works with Asus Aura Sync.
- 32 points
- 8 months ago
from completed build 3800X2080
I love this AIO! The cable lengths make it a perfect fit in my mATX case. I did replace the stock fans though with LL120's to match my case and also slightly reduce system noise levels.
- 29 points
- 24 months ago
from completed build My Main Rig
For the price, this AIO cannot be beaten. Regularly goes for 69.99, but often drops to 49.99-59.99. It keeps my OC'd 7700K running @ 4.8GHz below 77C, which I think is pretty good considering it's not delidded. On top of the performance the aesthetics is quite nice and it was easy to mount. I don't know what else I could say good about this AIO. If you are on the fence about it come on over to my side. ;)
- 25 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build First timer pc rig
Mild overclock on I9 9700k keeps it cool. And looks really good. Fans are a bit noisy at full load but honestly never need to have it at full load to keep processor cool. Tuned them down and no issues.
- 21 points
- 19 months ago
from completed build RY23480V3
For what it's worth, this closed-loop/all-in-one CPU cooler is a very nice purchase; it delivers great cooling performance and visual appeal for an affordable price point.
However, as a result of the lower price point, there are a few issues with acoustics that is pretty common among other users of the same model. Whenever the pump starts working, it makes a loud gurgling sound, and there is an audible whine coming from the fans or the radiator when the cooler ramps up to cool the CPU. Then there's the issue with performance: While it does do its job, the cheap cost comes back to haunt it when you overclock it.
It's also quite the nightmare to install. No, seriously, I hate having to install this thing.
- 21 points
- 14 months ago
from completed build My First Custom Build! 2019
This was real hard to mount. I definitely needed another person to help hold it while screwing it into place. The RGB isn't fully custom either, so you're really stuck with the presets. I think it keeps my CPU cool, though?
- 19 points
- 14 months ago
from completed build Zrobb 2.0
Brought this over from my old build. I liked the simplicity of CoolerMaster's AIO, no extra USB headers, just 1 rgb splitter to plug into the motherboard, 1 AIO pump 3 pin cable and the fan cables. The RGB looks great imo but the stock fans are very loud to my ears. I resorted to keeping the fan curve low and dialing down from 5 GHz to 4.8 to keep my build silent. I eventually replaced the fans with Noctua Chromax fans to match the rest of the black build.
- 17 points
- 19 months ago
from completed build Dual Boot Hackintosh for Video Editing
This is definitely an entry level AIO watercooler.
Pros: The RGB leds are cool and they work with Asus Aura. You can't beat the price. Cons: The fans are loud...mine rattle at high speed. Air bubbles sound like an aquarium. Super cheap connectors...will need to tape them together.