MSI is already established on the computer market with many different products, now they are trying another product – a compact water cooling, or All-In-One (AiO) water cooling. In combination with a case with a tempered glass side panel and RGB, the CPU cooler is on its way to becoming a show object. For you we have tested the 240 mm version – the MSI MAG CoreLiquid 240R. How it performs, you can find out in the following test.
|Socket compatibility||AMD: AM4, FM2(+), M1, AM3+, AM2(+), TR4, sTRX4, SP3
Intel: LGA 115x, 1200, 1366, 2011(-3), 2066
|Pump||mounted in radiator, max. 4200 rpm|
|Hoses||400 mm, nylon coated|
|Radiator||274 x 120 x 27 mm (L x W x H)
|Fan||2x 120 mm, 4-pin PWM, 500 – 2,000 rpm, 3-pin ARGB (5V)|
|Water block||RGB lighting, copper base plate|
Scope of delivery and workmanship
Beside the actual water cooling system there is also a manual, the mounting material for the different bases, heat conductive paste and some adapter cables for the fans in the box. To supply the fans with a single PWM connector, a Y-cable is included. In case this is also not possible, there is an adapter to MOLEX. Last but not least, there is another connection cable to reduce the speed of the fans.
The lamellas of the radiator are well manufactured and no defects can be detected visually. The water block is surprisingly light for a compact water cooling system – this is due to the fact that the pump is usually installed in the radiator. This change means that some of the fin space is wasted because the pump is located directly in the radiator – not next to it. The PWM cable for the pump unit is neatly routed out and is of an appropriate length. According to MSI this change is to increase the life of the pump by removing it from the heat source.
On the water block is the MSI-typical dragon, which can be illuminated. This is realized via a 3-pin ARGB connector – this is built in the standard version and can be controlled e.g. with MSI’s own software Mystic Light. The head of the block can be rotated so that the logo can be seen in the correct orientation in every mounting option.
The fans consist of a black frame and nine milky rotor blades. These are also illuminated with LEDs, so that the frame is completely illuminated when the fans are rotating. MSI also uses the typical 3-pin connector and commendably, there is a male and a female connector on each cable – so you can connect the fans in series and only one ARGB header is needed on the mainboard, without any Y-cable or controller.
The PWM cables are plain black and there is no sleeve. Nevertheless the whole product feels high-quality and leaves a very good first impression.