CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Pro 280 AIO Review
Published: 19th April 2017 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: 99.95 |
Even if the nomenclature methodology is getting ridiculously excessive, there's no denying that CoolerMaster don't half make good looking coolers. OK, so the jury is still out here at OC3D towers as to whether we like the design of the pump with regards to how the tubes join on opposing sides. On one hand we like the aesthetic, on the other we feel it could potentially cause issues with regards to how the tubing forms itself on the way up to the radiator. All that said, the Pro 280 is a well made and well presented 140mm fan based AIO. It's easy to mount, and caters for most Intel and AMD CPUs. It does "support" Ryzen, but at present you'll need to source yourself a free bracket from CoolerMaster which will require you to provide proof of purchase for both the AIO and the Ryzen.
Once mounted the Pro 280 performed well. It didn't quite top the charts, but it came quite close, and certainly has nothing to be ashamed of, especially when you consider that it's quite a bit cheaper than the Cryorigs that held it off the top spot. Aside from the Aesthetic, we also like that it's able to accept 120mm fans as well as 140mms, which may help it fit into some cases that only have mounts for 120mm fan based AIOs. That pump isn't just a pretty face either, it's based on technology found on bespoke standalone water cooling pumps, and utilises a system where the hotter coolant is kept in the lower chamber away from the vital components of the pump itself. This in theory will elongate the lifespan of the assembly well beyond that of a conventional set up.
So, a pretty short conclusion then, which as you probably already know means that we can't find much to criticise (we do try). But what of awards? Well it goes without saying that the Pro 280 gets a well deserved OC3D approved.