Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror Liquid CPU Cooler Review

If you were to ask someone familiar with aftermarket PC cooling what the most popular CPU cooler of all time was, you would more than likely hear “Hyper 212 EVO”. The Hyper 212, and all of its varieties may be one of the best known coolers of all time, but Cooler Master is also quite well known for their MasterLiquid series of all-in-one coolers. One of the latest models in the MasterLiquid lineup is the ML280 Mirror, a 280mm AIO that brings a mirrored pump housing and ARGB lighting to the masses. We have seen other coolers with both of these features before, so let’s see how Cooler Master’s implementation stacks up.

Special thanks to Cooler Master for providing the MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror review sample!


Product Number
Exterior Color
CPU Socket
LGA2066, LGA2011-v3, LGA2011, LGA1200, LGA1151, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2+, FM2, FM1
Radiator Material
Radiator Dimensions
318 x 140 x 27.2 mm / 10.9 x 4.7 x 1.1 inch
Pump Dimensions
81.2 x 76 x 57.8 mm / 3.19 x 3 x 2.3 inch
70,000 Hours
Pump Noise Level
< 10 dBA
Power Connector
Pump Rated Voltage
12 VDC
Pump Power Consumption
2.36 W
Fan Dimensions (L x W x H)
140 x 140 x 25 mm / 5.5 x 5.5 x 1 inch
Fan Quantity
Fan LED Type
Fan Speed
650-1400 RPM ± 5%
Fan Airflow
67 CFM (Max)
Fan Noise Level
10 – 27 dBA
Fan Pressure
2.25 mmH₂O (Max)
Fan Life Expectancy
160,000 Hours
Fan Power Connector
4-Pin (PWM)
Fan Rated Voltage
Fan Rated Current
230 W
RAM Clearance
2 years
Cooler Type
Liquid Cooler
Radiator Size


As we have come to expect from all AIO packaging, the ML280 Mirror is housed in a rectangular cardboard box featuring a product image and naming information on the top/front. This design gives potential buyers a good idea of what is to be expected visually from the cooler, and also highlights a few of the cooler’s features like ARGB lighting and various compatibilities, the inclusion of an ARGB controller, and the use of Cooler Master’s third generation dual pump.

MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror

The sides of the box offer additional feature information, as well as a detailed table of specifications.

MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror

With the box opened up, we see the cooler and all of its components nestled into a form-fitting cardboard molding. Each major component has been protected from scuffs with a plastic covering, and all components seemed to fit their compartments nicely, ensuring safety during shipping.

MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror


Included with the ML280 Mirror is a variety of mounting hardware for multiple AMD and Intel sockets and mounting types, as well as a user manual and warranty information. Also included is a Y-splitter for the two included 140mm Sickle Flow 140 PWM fans, as well as a simple ARGB lighting controller, both of which we will cover in more detail later on.

MasterLiquid ML280 Mirror