Cooler Master bedazzles the MasterLiquid Lite ML120L and ML240L

Here at TR, we know what you gerbils want. When you're shopping for a closed-loop liquid cooling solution, there's only one thing on your mind: RGB LEDs. We feel the same way. That's why we're really excited about the release of Cooler Master's MasterLiquid Lite ML120L RGB and ML240L RGB. These coolers are functionally identical to the standard MasterLiquid Lite products, but they add scintillating streams of sparkling color on both the fans and the pump.

Jokes aside, we actually didn't talk much about the MasterLiquid Lites so I'll take the opportunity to do that now. These units are closed-loop liquid coolers available with 120-mm or 240-mm radiators. The radiators themselves are actually even slimmer than those included with EK's CoolStream kits, at 1.1" thick (27 mm). Cooler Master doesn't mention the fins-per-inch (FPI) value, but judging from the pictures, it looks pretty high.

The included fans are Cooler Master's own MF120R RGB fans. Cooler Master says that aside from the added lighting, these fans also include a specialized driver IC that purportedly reduces fan noise. There's a three-button controller in the box to set the lights' color, brightness, and pattern. Alternatively, you can hook up the MasterLiquid Lite ML120L RGB and ML240L RGB to seemingly any motherboard with an RGB LED header to master the light show. The block itself will hook up to any recent socket except for AMD's colossal TR4.

Cooler Master just put up the product pages for these two coolers, so we don't yet have word on an official release date. They're already up for sale on Newegg, though—as long as you don't mind buying from Hong Kong. The seller is asking $95 for the ML120L RGB, while the dual-fan ML240L RGB wears a $115 price tag.

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    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    CoolerMaster’s MasterLiquid product lineup seems unnecessarily complicated to me. They have the MasterLiquid Pro, MasterLiquid, MasterLiquid Lite and now MasterLiquid Lite RGB, available in various sizes such as 120, 240 and 280 mm. There seems to be very little performance difference between them (one review I read even said the vanilla MasterLiquid 240 outperformed the 280 Pro in their tests).

    I have the vanilla MasterLiquid 240 and been pretty happy with it on my de-lidded 4790K. The pump was a bit noisy at first (making gurgling noises for the first few days) but seems to have settled down now.

    • Freon
    • 2 years ago

    Seeing some fins creep around the edges of the fans makes me think they need a short gasket or manifold between the radiator and fan. Seems like wasted cross section.

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      lets the edges of the heat exchanger catch some airflow would be my guess.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      As Mr Bill points out, the cross section is wasted whether it’s shrouded or not.

      The manifold would need to be around 0.5x the diameter of the fan blades to allow any level of significant pressure diffusion, meaning that it would be way to big to fit in most PCs.

      A gasket that blocks off the airflow to those fins is also wasted radiator cross section. At least if it’s open like this, extra air from the positive or negative case pressure will be flowing through these vanes in the radiator that are not used by the fans.

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