Cooler Master shows off Master cooling products at CES

CoolerMaster's cooling solutions have always been well regarded around TR. The company's Hyper212 EVO cooler, for instance, has been a staple of almost every System Guide. CoolerMaster is now showing off its new Master series cooling wares at CES.

The MasterLiquid Maker is an open-loop liquid cooling kit that CM bills as easy to install and customize. According to the firm, the pump has a unique design that connects directly to the reservoir, cutting down on tubing. The unit can circulate up to 600 liters per hour. The fan and radiator designs are CM's own, too. The whole kit should be configurable in a number of different ways, down to the reservoir's internal arrangement.

If building your own liquid cooling loop isn't exactly your thing, CM is only happy to oblige. The MasterLiquid Pro 240 is a closed-loop CPU cooling kit with a dual-fan 240-mm radiator. CM says the pump and radiator designs are its own custom design.

The low-vibration pump can "dissipate heat in two directions," and ought to shift 120 liters per hour. Oh, of course, the waterblock also has the requisite LED blinkenlights.

Cooling enthusiasts will know that not all fans are made equal. CM is aware of that, too, and has pulled back the curtain on its MasterFan designs. These fans come in 120-mm or 140-mm sizes and have POM (Polyoxymethelene) bearings, which CM says can last up to 160,000 hours, or just over 18 years. The company says the exclusive "Silent Driver" IC should help reduce the fans' switching sound, too.

All of that is nice, but the really good bit is that the MasterFans are available with three distinct blade designs. The Air Flow model has relatively straight blades and should be ideal for case rear panels. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Air Pressure design features five very curved blades. CM says this model is better used in radiators. Finally, the general-use nine-blade Balance version should provide an equilibrium between air flow and pressure.


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    • eofpi
    • 7 years ago

    That’s not a troll, though. That’s just a manufacturer exploiting the broken aspects of the patent system. Should Asetek’s patent application have been granted? Probably not, for reasons Chrispy_ outlined.

    But the USPTO is geared toward letting through as many patent applications as possible. Examiners are graded on throughput, and rejected applications can be resubmitted as many times as it takes. And the rejected application is only counted as finished when the applicant gives up and stops submitting. This is how we get so many patents for things that shouldn’t be patentable.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    Yeah it’s this.

    In a water loop you have a pump + radiator + block, and you need to minimise parts to reduce costs. This is obvious.

    The location of the radiator and block are fixed as separate locations because one has to go on the CPU socket and the other has to go on a fan mounting location. That means that the only part of the loop that isn’t fixed in place is the pump – this is also frickin’ obvious.

    So, you have three options.

    1) Separate the pump from the block or radiator. Dumb idea because you need mounting hardware for an extra thing, you need to manufacture an extra thing, and you need an extra piece of hose and two extra connectors. [b<]This is obviously dumb.[/b<] 2) Put the pump on the block. The pressure is highest at this point so it can deliver maximum cooling to the block, the pump is about the same size as the block so it fits well, and it's near the CPU fan header to power it too. [b<]This is the goddamn obvious choice with no drawbacks whatsoever[/b<], but Asetec patented this because they're trolls and the USPTO are dumbasses for granting it. 3) Antec and a few others tried to get around the Asetek patent by mounting the pump on the radiator. Firstly, it doesn't reduce the number of hoses or connections needed , because the radiator is not the same size as the pump so you need to bridge the gap with more hose. Secondly, the pump sits in the airflow of the fan (even if only a little bit) needlessly reducing the efficiency of the radiator's fan. Thirdly, the pump is far away from the block now. All that turbulent high-pressure goodness that is ideal for the waterblock is wasted on several inches of tubing. What arrives at the waterblock has become a nice smooth laminar flow by then, and is less effective at cooling the block. [b<]This is also obviously dumb.[/b<] When looked at objectively, that patent is a sham. It shouldn't have been granted because not only is it the obvious option, it's the ONLY viable option

    • kruky
    • 7 years ago

    And where’s the kinetic cooler?

    • RdVi
    • 7 years ago

    I quite like the no-nonsense fans. Function over form here I guess, but to me they look beautiful.

    • the
    • 7 years ago

    There is a different type of troll that attempts to file patents based upon ideas that should not pass the obvious test or prior art. Apple’s patent on rounded corners is a good example of this. This problem stems from the USPTO having a rather low bar where as the courts often over turn them upon further review. The goal of this type of trolling isn’t to extort money (though they can still win large amounts) but rather wage a legal war that could result in a competitor’s device being removed from the market place as part of an injunction. Essentially production death by a hundreds of legal paper cuts.

    • green
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]They have to specifically state that it's not the Asetek design, otherwise they make themselves potential fodder for those patent trolls.[/quote<] is it really fair to label them patent trolls when they actually design, make (in china), and sell products? the traditional the patent troll would hold a patent and not do anything with it that is, the entity doesn't design, make, or sell anything at all they simply sit around waiting to see if someone infringed then sue these days it seems like anyone protecting their patent gets labelled a troll regardless

    • Anovoca
    • 7 years ago

    I assumed the block was separated by LEDs

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    They have to specifically state that it’s not the Asetek design, otherwise they make themselves potential fodder for those patent trolls.

    The Asetek patent basically stops anyone from putting the pump in the same chamber as the block. You can see from the photos that in this case the pump is on top of the block, but they are separate chambers requiring a small pipe to go from the upper pump chamber to the lower block chamber.

    If it avoids feeding the trolls, it’s worth it.

    • Anovoca
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] According to the firm, the pump has a unique design that connects directly to the reservoir, [/quote<] [quote<] CM says the pump and radiator designs are its own custom design [/quote<] Heavy emphasis on [i<] this is our own design. [/i<] This smells like lawsuit and hurt feelings to me.

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