Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite ML240L & ML120L RGB Review: Page 4 of 9

Search form

Posted by Mark Taliaferro on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:00am

A Closer Look MasterLiquid Lite ML120L RGB

 

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

Out of the box, the CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L shows a nicely braided hose and rubber shrink wrapped connectors. The quality looks good and it has a solid feel to the product.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

With the MasterFan 120AB RGB (66.7CFM Max) attached by some easy to use thumbscrews, we can easily tell that this is a much upgraded version of the original MasterLite 120.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The Radiator has a nice sturdy housing and is a custom design that allows for higher flow rate.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The radiators fins are in good shape with no obvious deformities and the housing is of sufficient strength and thickness you shouldn’t have a problem with durability.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

Courtesy CoolerMaster

Here’s a shot of the cooling arrangement, showing the cooling channels.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The CPU waterblock/pump is solidly built and operates quietly at 15dBA or less. Notice the nice weave on the hoses giving it a premium look and feel and the shrink rubber cover over the connectors. You should note that the connectors swivel to make the install easier. The waterblock/pump has an LED logo on it that syncs with the color of the fans. While the fans will sync with compatible motherboards the waterblock needs the included controller to sync.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The copper plate on the dual chamber pump/block shows some mill marks and as you can see the power is done with a 3 Pin fan connector and it has a 4 pin female RGB controller wire.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The MasterFan 120AB runs between 650 and 2000 RPM at an advertised maximum of 66.7 CFM and a dBA rating of 6 – 30dBA. During testing from 1 meter away we registered 55 dBA but that was with the side open on the chassis. Notice the same two-wire connection scheme on the fan, one 4 pin PWM and a 4 pin female RGB controller wire. This arrangement is common on RGB fans so if you want that RGB bling you need to put in a little more wiring time.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

Here we have the MasterFan 120AB RGB with the controller strap. The single wire from the top connects to the controller and the side with 3 wires connects to the block and fan(s). We say fan(s) because this is the same setup as the ML240L. With the ML120L you can actually control a chassis fan with the extra wire, however, all the wires are used on the ML240L.

Cooler_Master_ML240

As you can see we received MasterFan 120AB RGB fans that run 650 – 2000 RPM manufactured a couple months ago.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The RGB controller is powered by a pass through Molex connector and connects via a little connector that comes off the Molex setup. It would have been more elegant to use a SATA connector as most of us don’t use Molex anymore and this adds another wire to the chassis to corral.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

The backplate consists of 9 pieces, the backplate, 4 threaded pins that come up through the bottom and 4 clips that slide into 3 different slots depending on your CPU socket. Assembly was fast and easy but we did have to glance at the manual.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

Here’s a shot of the ML120L RGB in our test rig TryRedasuaras Rex. We disabled our RED Corsair fan to show how nicely the ML120R lights the chassis and we can say you won’t be disappointed by the brightness and if it’s too bright you can use the controller to tone it down a little.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

No worries this puppy is RGB so you get plenty of color choices.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

No worries this puppy is RGB so you get plenty of color choices.

CM MasterLiquid Lite ML120L

Courtesy Cooler Master

The bundle contains everything you need for all modern sockets and even included 4 extra fan thumbscrews if you want to go push/pull on the radiator.  

Socket compatibility is listed below for your convenience.

Intel® LGA 2066 / 2011-v3 / 2011 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 775 socket

AMD® AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 socket

Category: 

Linode VPS Hosting