Starting this review we were really excited to see what new changes and advances Cooler Master had come up with for this AiO. Previous test units that we’ve had from them have all performed really well. The packaging and components all spoke of a highly thought out unique product and things were looking really good. The installation was really quite easy with the exception that we would have liked some sort of retention mechanism for the standoffs. They are easily pushed back during the pump installation. Additionally the unique new pump design certainly shows a lot of theoretical promise and we look forward to seeing it again in the future. The fit and finish on the unit as well as the accessories is superb, although larger thumbscrews would have been easier to work with. While running the unit is about as quiet as it gets which is a huge plus! Performance can really be placed as both a pro and a con. It’s not record setting or really as high as we thought it might have been, but at the end of the day it’s more than enough cooling to keep your overclocked CPU nice and comfortable during use.
There is no real glaring downsides to the MasterLiquid Pro 240. The biggest disappointment was found in the lack of backplate retention mechanism. This would have made things a bit less frustrating during installation.
Pricing on the MasterLiquid Pro 240 is right around $115 depending on where you shop. I feel that this is a decent value considering the fit and finish of the cooler as well as the overall performance in all categories. To really deserve this price though there are a couple of things that Cooler Master should consider. The first is some software connectivity. A lot of AiOs in this price range have feature companion software for temperature monitoring and settings. Likewise we would have preferred an RGB LED in the pump that could be changed to match our cases lighting.
Overall ThinkComputers would like to award the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240 an 8 out of 10 score!
– Great Fit and Finish
– Very Quiet Operation
– Needs a Retention Mechanism for Backplate
– No software
– Not RGB