Cooler Master ML120L RGB All-In-One CPU Cooler Review @ [H]

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CoolerMaster ML120L RGB All-In-One CPU Cooler Review

Cooler Master has recently revamped its entire line of All-In-One liquid CPU coolers, and it has specifically addressed putting a lower priced product into the market with its "Lite" series of AIOs that it says are "An easy, reliable and low noise plunge into liquid cooling." Let's see how its smallest radiator stands up to an overclocked Ryzen CPU.
 
NIce review Kyle. I am looking forward installing my CoolerMaster ML240L for my next build.
 
cost per degree, is this lower the number the better actual performing it is, or the other way around?
you mention a dual chamber design (means the cooling is isolated from the heated liquid?) I might be blind, but I did not read what that meant exactly :D.

likely cost bump for Canada will make this seemingly nice value, no longer a nice value proposition, I personally would like to see more companies
who do AIO style have a "port" where one can add more fluid which will inevitably dry up with use (nothing is 100% perfectly sealed, even heatpipes that to my understanding
are the best seal one can get eventually "go dry" though it takes a crazy long time if undamaged.)

not to mention (I suppose) ability to change the bump or whatever when it inevitably dies without having to go out and buy a brand spanking new one (is nice to keep what works well, keep working well IMO)

Wonder how well one of these would cope with cooling a high end gpu core ^.^, and for that matter, why at least some companies do not make an extra wide case for that specific purpose to have a dedicated gpu liquid cooler rad spot on the side wall O.O

I find it funny CM over rates their HSF for TDP numbers, but does not list a TDP capability on their liquid cooling, is that normal?..how odd in my mind, just because it "supports" a specific socket means jack
because TDP of course will change depending on voltages and clock speed given to the cpu in the mentioned socket.

good review however Kyle o7
 
cost per degree, is this lower the number the better actual performing it is, or the other way around? The baseline for our CPD is the Thermalright True Spirit 140, CPD is calculated by how much more the tested cooler costs than the True 140, vs how much better it cools than the True 140

you mention a dual chamber design (means the cooling is isolated from the heated liquid?) I might be blind, but I did not read what that meant exactly :D. Coolermaster states just that, it isolates the heated fluid in a different pump chamber

likely cost bump for Canada will make this seemingly nice value, no longer a nice value proposition, I personally would like to see more companies
who do AIO style have a "port" where one can add more fluid which will inevitably dry up with use (nothing is 100% perfectly sealed, even heatpipes that to my understanding
are the best seal one can get eventually "go dry" though it takes a crazy long time if undamaged.) I would as well, The Reeven NAIA 240 is the only one I've gotten so far that has though.

not to mention (I suppose) ability to change the bump or whatever when it inevitably dies without having to go out and buy a brand spanking new one (is nice to keep what works well, keep working well IMO) That would be tricky with how integrated the pump is.

Wonder how well one of these would cope with cooling a high end gpu core ^.^, and for that matter, why at least some companies do not make an extra wide case for that specific purpose to have a dedicated gpu liquid cooler rad spot on the side wall O.O Interesting thought

I find it funny CM over rates their HSF for TDP numbers, but does not list a TDP capability on their liquid cooling, is that normal?..how odd in my mind, just because it "supports" a specific socket means jack
because TDP of course will change depending on voltages and clock speed given to the cpu in the mentioned socket. I've noticed more and more companies not showing recommended TDP for some reason.

good review however Kyle o7

Replies in red, hope that helps :)
 
Replies in red, hope that helps :)
still not quite understanding the CPD thing, appreciate the answers however :) ..so the higher the number given the "better" it is, or the other way around, I also noticed for the sound profile on the review (unless I was blind again) I did not notice the TRUE rated sound numbers, the rest seemed to be there though?

The makers should not be removing TDP numbers for their coolers if this is the case, really is a good "baseline" to know if it will work with your chosen cpu's baseline TDP value (even though they do not always seem to equal up either lol) instead of "flying blind" :D
 
still not quite understanding the CPD thing, appreciate the answers however :) ..so the higher the number given the "better" it is, or the other way around, I also noticed for the sound profile on the review (unless I was blind again) I did not notice the TRUE rated sound numbers, the rest seemed to be there though?

True Spirit 140 heatsink is the baseline. There are 2 values being compared.

1. How many degrees lower does the cooler in question bring the CPU temp in relation to the TS140?
2. How much more does the cooler in question cost in relation to the TS140?

Divide the dollar value from 2 by the temperature value from 1. This gives a number of $/deg.

Greater temperature drop is desirable. Low price is desirable. Thus, a lower $/deg means you are paying less to get that level of improvement over the baseline TS140.

Lower is better.
 
I have one on my Ryzen 1700 @ 3.8 ghz 1.32v. My TS 140 Direct was around 76c tops, The ML240L doesn't even crack 70c. Of course I changed my fans out to 2x Riing 120 white fans. I did not like the coolermaster fans at all.
 
It's on sale today for $49.99, just ordered it, can't beat that plus free prime shipping. Thanks for the review!
 
so for those who are using this for say 9 mth., what's your opinion?

and I just want to double check: MLF120L RGB can function WITHOUT a RGB fan controller? seriously? just that switch from B to RGB will do?
 
so for those who are using this for say 9 mth., what's your opinion?

and I just want to double check: MLF120L RGB can function WITHOUT a RGB fan controller? seriously? just that switch from B to RGB will do?

I've been selling and building new systems with them for as long, and no: they don't need an RGB controller to function.

I will say that my store received a bad shipment of them that were leaking out of the box. This was incredibly obvious, as green liquid was pooled inside the plastic bag the waterblock/pump ships inside of. This is most likely caused by an incident in shipping, as it was several of them all around the same time. Prior to this batch DOA units, we had no issues with leaks or fault.

Though, I would ONLY suggest the ML120L if you can't fit the nearly-the-same-price ML240L (which for information's sake, we have NEVER seen leak).
 
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