This was a very interesting cooler to review. On the one hand it looks fantastic. Cooler Master has done what we’ve been asking others to do for some time now. They gave us both RGB fans and RGB pump LEDs. And they did it with off the shelf fans to boot giving us not only RGB but addressable RGB all in a great package. The fans really are quite nice I must say. I also love the fact that they stepped into the 360 AiO circle. This is something we’ve been waiting some time for and it’s nice to finally see it getting widely adopted. The standard installation is as always really easy, aside from the use of pesky flat head thumbscrews. Unfortunately connecting up all the RGB stuff is a bit of a hassle. Of course it was always going to be so I have to forgive Cooler Master for this. We’re talking about two separate systems which will always play like two separate installs. Beginner be warned, this one is going to take some time. As for price, it’s not cheap at $229.99 and only seems to be available at a single retailer(that we could find). This one is going to fall in both categories. As a cooler it’s too much, as an RGB ecosystem with the controller and legit fans, it’s not bad when you add it all up.
Now before I continue I must insist that I really do like this cooler, it may begin to sound like I don’t. First gripe, the manual. Please get someone on the team that can add some direction and please include both manuals in the box. Second, the control box really should be shipping with completed firmware installed. It should operate out of the box. This is not early access. This is not beta testing. This is a paid for product and should operate as such. Improving and providing new firmware as you go is fine, but the product must ship as described. In connection with that, Cooler Master please make hardware control and monitoring software a priority. It’s sad that half this unit features in depth software while the other is in the AiO stone age. Finally performance, it’s hard to say where this unit comes up short specifically, but it does. Is it the materials? The dual chamber design? Hard to say but something is keeping what should be a smash hit of a cooler from doing job #1.
Overall ThinkComputers.org would like to award the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360R RGB an 8 out of 10 score!
– ARGBs are killer
– Great parts included
– Nice fit and finish
– Good installation process
– Nice lighting software
– Poor instructions
– Firmware not installed on control box
– No software control of performance
– Poor performance