Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid CORE Series: Enhanced Performance with Accessible Pricing for Mainstream Gamers

Cooler Master MasterLiquid CORE.

Cooler Master has been somewhat lethargic in introducing updates to their liquid cooling range. Their previous release was the premium MasterLiquid PL360 Flux, catering to the requirements of the 12th generation. Now, they’ve rolled out a new model, the “MasterLiquid Core,” as part of their mainstream MasterLiquid Lite lineup. The latest version incorporates an enhanced water block paired with their proprietary CryoFuze thermal paste, which promises superior cooling efficiency compared to its predecessor.

Technical Details:
Compatible with Intel: 1700 / 1200 / 115X
Compatible with AMD: AM5 / AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1
Pump Measurements: 81 x 76 x 47 mm
Pump Sound: Up to 12 dBA
Pump Plug Type: 3-Pin
Radiator Measurements: 394 x 119.6 x 27.2 mm (for 360 model) / 277 x 119.6 x 27.2 mm (for 240 model)
Radiator Composition: Aluminum
Cooling Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Fan’s Bearing Type: Come Fu Bearing
Fan RPM: Ranges from 650 to 1750 ± 10%
Fan’s Maximum Airflow: 71.93 CFM
Peak Fan Air Pressure: 1.86 mmH2O
Maximum Fan Sound: 27.2 dBA
Fan Connector: 4-Pin (PWM)
LED in Fan: ARGB
Warranty Period: 3 years

240/360 Two sizes, black and white have their own advantages

The Cooler Master MasterLiquid Core series of liquid cooling radiators is now available in both black and white variants. Customers have the option to choose between two sizes: 240 and 360. As an entry-level liquid cooling radiator, it’s designed to cater to the installation requirements of the average gamer.

Representing the next generation in the MasterLiquid Lite lineup, the primary pump and the radiator have seen upgrades. Paired with its proprietary CryoFuze thermal paste, this model promises enhanced heat dissipation efficiency.

The design includes a newly introduced 120mm ARGB fan. Interestingly, while the white variant lacks ARGB in its design, it still offers ARGB illumination effects. It’s noteworthy that only the black 240 model comes with a matte fan option.

White MasterLiquid Core White.
MasterLiquid Core ARGB in black.
The dimensions and specifications of the radiator and water block are on the side of the package.
MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB appearance.
MasterLiquid 360L Core White finish.

The cooling block has a circular design featuring an illuminated logo and some raised patterns in the center. It’s somewhat compact in size. Regrettably, the top cover isn’t adjustable, meaning the inscriptions and logo will only align correctly if the block is installed with the water inlet and outlet to its left.

Black and white water block, the printing on the white model will be more obvious.
The ARGB luminous logo is in the middle of the water block.
Lighting effect connector and pump connector.

The MasterLiquid Core series features a water block with an innovative S-shaped dual-chamber design. The copper base has been redesigned for enhanced heat dissipation. It’s important to note that this copper base has a protective layer, which should be removed before usage. The package includes Cooler Master’s CryoFuze thermal paste, known for its effective heat conductivity. However, users must apply this paste manually during the installation process.

The copper base is covered with a protective film.
The copper base is relatively long. Please pay attention to the direction when installing it with an Intel processor.
CryoFuze thermal paste.

The radiator section employs a single-wave design. However, official sources indicate that there’s an increase in the thickness of both the water channels and fins in this radiator. A larger fin surface area translates to improved heat dispersion capabilities.

MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB Water Cooling Radiator.
MasterLiquid 360L Core White water cooling radiator.
A logo is printed on the side of the water-cooling radiator.

The fan features ARGB lighting and regardless of whether it’s black or white, the outer frame and rubber padding share the same hue, offering a unique visual appeal. Centered within is a 9-blade fan with light-guiding properties. With a speed reaching up to 1750 RPM, it can generate a maximum airflow of 71.93 CFM and an air pressure of 1.86 mmH2O, effectively channeling air through the liquid cooling radiator.

Black and white fans.
Surrounded by rubber pads of the same color.
Lighting effect connector and PWM connector.

The mounting bracket is uniquely designed. For the Intel platform, two specific base plates are provided for the 115x/1200 and 1700 sockets, though they utilize the same screw posts. On the AMD side, the bracket can be directly mounted using the original base.

Intel baseboard, the left is the 1151/1200 version and the right is the 1700 version.
The left is the Intel water-cooling head-end buckle, and the right is the AMD water-cooling head-end buckle.

Besides the varying lengths of radiator screws, the package comes with splitter cables for fans and illumination. The 240 model’s fan splitter is 1-to-2, while its lighting splitter is 1-to-3. For the 360 model, the fan splitter is 1-to-3, and the lighting splitter is 1-to-5. Also, special clips are provided for the lighting connectors to prevent them from accidentally detaching during cable organization.

Water-cooling radiator screws and lighting effect connector fasteners.
PWM branch line and light effect branch line.

Actual heat dissipation performance test

The MasterLiquid Core series was tested on a Z790 platform with an Intel i7-13700k processor. The BIOS settings were on Auto, and the Aida64 software was utilized for both the CPU and FPU stress tests. Tests were conducted in a room with a stable temperature of 25°C. These results are meant to serve as a reference for users.

For the 240 model:

  • During the less demanding CPU stress test:
    • P-Core clock reached 5.3GHz
    • E-Core clock stabilized at 4.2GHz
    • The average temperature was 77°C.
  • Under the more intensive FPU stress test:
    • P-Core clock went down to 5.1GHz
    • E-Core clock dropped to 3.9GHz
    • The average temperature increased to 98°C.
MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB Standby Temperature.
MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB CPU stress test temperatures.
MasterLiquid 240L Core ARGB FPU stress test temperatures.

Based on real-world testing, the 360 version displayed temperatures roughly 5°C cooler than the 240 version. During the CPU stress test, the average temperature stabilized at 75°C. Meanwhile, for the FPU stress test, the average temperature was recorded at 93°C.

MasterLiquid 360L Core White Standby Temp.
MasterLiquid 360L Core White CPU stress test temperatures.
MasterLiquid 360L Core White FPU stress test temperatures.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid CORE series summary

Cooler Master’s latest addition, the MasterLiquid CORE series, boasts an appealing price-to-performance ratio at the entry-level. The 240 model is set at 2,590 yuan, while the 360 model is just a tad more at 2,890 yuan. For those not seeking a compact design, the 360 model offers significant value for its cost.

Aesthetically, the design hits the mark. The ARGB fan, combined with a subtly lit water block, caters to users who prefer minimalistic lighting rather than flashy LED displays.

Performance-wise, empirical tests indicate its capability to efficiently cool mid to high-tier i7 processors. It’s well-suited for users not venturing into high-end realms like the i9 or not planning on overclocking. For these scenarios, the MasterLiquid CORE series delivers adequate cooling.

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Title: Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid CORE Series: Enhanced Performance with Accessible Pricing for Mainstream Gamers