Wrapping things up, I am happy to say that I was much more impressed by the MasterLiquid PL360 Flux’s design and lighting effects than I was with the ML280 Mirror. The inclusion of a robust controller and associated software makes for a much better custom lighting experience, one that most customers expect in today’s PC market. Installation was as easy as ever, especially when you factor in the multiple uses of thumbscrews during the install process.
As far as cooling performance goes, the PL360 Flux lands the middle of the pack at 28C in our idle testing. When it comes to performance under load though, it slides down to the realm of our 240mm coolers at 46C. This is a bit disappointing, as other 360mm AIOs I have reviewed in the past have been at a minimum seven degrees cooler under load. That being said, the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X in our test system has a thermal limit of 95C, which we came nowhere near reaching.
Considering this cooler provided adequate, though not top-performing, cooling results in a fully ARGB-enabled setup, I was neither hyped or underwhelmed by this cooler. It just sits in the middle of the pack in nearly all aspects. The inclusion of three ARGB fans and a controller to go along with them is a definite plus, though they do add a bit of cost to the package. Currently available for $189 at our favorite online retailer, the MasterLiquid PL360 Flux combines sleek looks with reliable performance. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 Flux an 8 out of 10.
- ARGB-lit Pump Housing and Fans
- Included ARGB Controller
- Easy Installation
- Lower Performance Than Expected