The launch of a new CPU socket often arrives with a cavalcade of cooling solutions. For its part, Cooler Master is bringing a pair of all-in-one liquid CPU coolers to the Ryzen pony show. The updated versions of the informatively-named MasterLiquid 120 and MasterLiquid 240 boast easy installation, compatibility with nearly any modern socket, a low-profile dual-chamber pump design, and attractive sleeved coolant lines.
Both units use the same dual-chamber pump and waterblock assembly with a low-profile design that shaves about a quarter of an inch (7 mm) of height compared to the previous model. Cooler Master says the pump's aural output is particularly quiet. Both the pump and the water block are packaged in a black fiberglass-reinforced plastic housing with a Cooler Master logo backlit by a white LED. The pump assembly is attached to the radiator with a pair of FEP "teflon-type" hoses with black sleeving.
The difference between CM's two new kits comes down to the radiators and fan configuration. The MasterLiquid 120 has a 120mm radiator with a pair of MasterFan Air Balance spinners in a push-pull configuration. The MasterLiquid 240 doubles the radiator size, but employs the same pair of fans on one side only. Buyers can strap another pair of fans to the 240 for a push-pull configuration. The radiator assembly is made of aluminum on both models.
The MasterLiquid coolers come with a large assortment of widgets for installing the pump on pretty much any desktop CPU from the last decade. Gerbils still clinging to Core 2 Quad Q6600s and those who have armed themselves with the biggest and baddest Core i7-6900X CPUs can both use the MasterLiquid AIOs, as can users of Intel's mainstream LGA 115x CPUs or any non-AM1 AMD processor from the last ten years including, of course, the upcoming Ryzen CPUs.
Cooler Master's MasterLiquid 120 and MasterLiquid 240 are expected to launch by the end of the month at particularly-aggressive prices. According to TechPowerUp, the MasterLiquid 120 will ring in at 70€ (around $74) and the MasterLiquid 240 will command 80€ (about $85). Newegg is offering a $20 mail-in rebate on the existing versions of the MasterLiquid Pro 120 and MasterLiquid 240, bringing them down to $60 and $75 after the rebate.