In recent years, closed loop liquid coolers have risen in popularity, bringing some of the highlights of liquid cooling to consumer segment. The latest in a long line of coolers, Cooler Master has unveiled their MasterLiquid Pro 120 and 240 liquid coolers with a daring new design. The two replace the current Nepton 120XL and Nepton 240M with potentially improved performance and durability.
The headline change is the new and improved pump with dual chambers. By moving critical pump parts to a separate chamber and exposing them only cool liquid, lifespan is improved. Cooler Master has also built the pump using ‘silent driver’ technology that they claim will lead to quieter operation. Another change is to the waterblock, where the coolant is now sprayed onto the middle. This spray down design isn’t actually anything new though as we’ve seen in previous Cooler Master coolers like the Nepton 240M.
The final and most noticeable change is to the radiator. Instead of the usual triangular fins, Cooler Master has moved to rectangular ones. This should lead to improved fin/radiator contact and better airflow at a cost to surface area exposed to the fan. The fans are also improved to MasterFan Pro Air Balance 120-mm models. The Pro 120 carries a $99.99 price tag, while the Pro 240 will sell for $119.99. It remains to be seen if the redesign will get around Asetek’s patents.