Removing the plastic bags we find quite a few pieces of kit actually. The addition of all the RGB features more than doubles the amount of hardware and wiring bits that are needed to get the cooler up, running, and shining brightly. The hardware you actually end up needing to use of course depends entirely on your final lighting setup. It appears Cooler Master has set up the Mirage with just about everything it could need for any scenario.
One thing we didn’t catch until the installation phase were four missing fan screws. These are the longest thumb screws in the kit and they only included enough to attach a single fan to the radiator. In theory we would have like to see as many as 16 of these included so that you can expand the unit to a four fan push pull configuration with ease. As is, it would be a very disappointing oversight on Cooler Master’s Quality Control team for the majority of users. What we do find included is hardware for all the modern sockets including, and a bit surprisingly TR4. Hard to imagine the coldplate on the Mirage is large enough to cover that massive of a part.
Moving on we find the pair of included fans. These are square fans and CM says they are made specifically for the Mirage cooler. If you happen to be wondering, here is the model number: FA12025L12LPT. They are rated for 650-2000rpm where they should be making only 27dBA while producing a max 60.95 CFM and 2.33mm H2O pressure. Not bad specs, however a bit more static pressure wouldn’t hurt. The part that sticks out is the noise rating which is a really nice low number. They are of course 120mm fans and come in at 26mm thick.
The fan blade design is quite interesting as it features an outer ring to improve stability as well reduce blade distortion. You’ll find the square outer shroud is black high impact plastic with rubber corners for dampening while the blades themselves are clear and are center lit with ARGB leds. They are controlled and connected by a four pin power connector and a three pin ARGB connector.
The cooler ships with plastic sheets covering the acrylic top and sides. Both arrived here as fresh as they were at the factory. While the cooler will be fairly reminiscent of previous MasterLiquid coolers, in that it features the dual chamber pump design and standard 27mm thick radiator, there are some pretty significant changes in the design. The most obvious is the use of a see through pump top that instead of just being a backlit design now goes all the way through and features a flow meter beneath the newer open CM insignia. You’ll also notice a slightly tapered design to the housing that is in fact a bit shorter than the original dual chamber design.
The radiator will be the most familiar part to be sure. It’s that typical AIO 277 x 120 x 27mm aluminum rad that is painted in a semi gloss black and has the CM logo in white on both sides. The paint is pretty good and shouldn’t scratch too easily. Additionally you have a nice even spray across the fins that doesn’t let too much metal show through. Upon measuring we find the fin per inch count to be 18 fpi. This is on the lower end of what we would call good considering the thickness of the rad. Ideally I would like to see this thin of a rad into the 20s.
Connecting the rad to the pump housing is some really nice but somewhat narrow tubing. The tubing is sleeved in black plastic sleeving and looks and feels quite nice. It’s very flexible which is a good sign for longevity and helpful for installation. It’s also cut in a generous length, more so than some we’ve seen in the past.
At the housing we find the tubing connects with a pair of inlet and outlet swivels that are nicely shrink wrapped and look great. These are arranged one directly over the other and above and to the left of the two sleeved pairs of wiring. On opposite sides of the pump are the pair of mounting points for the two brackets. They do not come pre-installed. You will also notice the pretty cool twisted striping that goes all the way around the pump housing and is covered with smoked acrylic. This is a pretty neat aesthetic feature.
One thing that we found with our test sample was a bit of discoloration along the bottom edge of the housing. While unlikely that you would see this once installed, one never wants to find blemishes on a factory fresh part.
Moving to the business end of this pump we find the copper cold plate. This protected by a bit of plastic that you do not want to forget to remove prior to installation. Failure to do so will result in some really poor thermals as plastic makes a terrible conductor. Removing the sticker we find a pretty poor contact surface. Not only is it scratched, it’s not smooth and has a look of residue to it. We cleaned this prior to installation and that appearance of residue did not go away. We give this a grade D finish.
Getting the pump spinning and the ARGBs sparkling are another set of connectors. A three pin for the lighting and four pin for the pump.
Speaking of sparkling ARGBs Cooler Master has included their pretty handy ARGB controller. This unit doubles as a hub to connect your various lighting accessories to the updated Master Plus+ lighting control software as well as a direct controller via the four buttons on the top of the controller.