- Unboxing and Overview- 2
- Driver and Lighting
- Individual Component Testing
- Thermal Performance
Unboxing and Overview- 1
CORSAIR does operate a web shop in the USA, however this arrived from their marketing department and thus we begin directly with product packaging itself. Click on the image thumbnail to be taken to a larger size image, if need be.
The box comes with a plastic shrink wrap to keep it clean and dust free. Removing it, we see it is fairly long which makes sense given it hosts a triple 120 mm radiator inside. CORSAIR has a colorful packaging here on a matte wrapped cardboard box. All 6 sides are adorned with some information or the other, be it just the company and product name, product illustrations or product features and specifications.
There are two flaps on a side but no seal, although the plastic wrap does help with that. The flaps open up to reveal the top that rises upwards and away to show the the contents inside. We see first some documentation, which includes a detailed user guide in multiple languages, a general warranty manual and an Australia-specific note on warranty again. I recommend going through the manual if only to make sure you are not missing anything, and also as a guide when installing the cooler. There is a thin foam sheet separating these from the rest of the contents which come in a compartmentalized cardboard box as seen above.
When CORSAIR introduced the ML120 fan in twin pack format in late 2016, it felt a good match for their AIOs immediately. Indeed, they were advertised as such but we have had to wait until now to see a version of the ML120 fan bundled in with their CPU coolers. There are three of them here, as expected, and they come individually packed in a cardboard box. These are based off the new ML120 PRO RGB fans in that they are rated the same as far as max fan speed, static pressure, airflow and noise go. So I suppose these could be considered the upgraded OEM “L” fan from CORSAIR, and ML120L has a ring to it. No word on whether these would be sold separately, or replace the existing twin pack versions. As with most OEM fans, these have a black frame and grey rotor. But the thick PBT frame and the rotor design, with the same seven blade structure, carry over from the more expensive, lit-up brethren here which is good to see. Gone are the replaceable fan corners, to no surprise, but also the integrated rubber pads for vibration dampening which I would have like to see here too.
Markings on the side of the frame tell us this is a recyclable fan, and there are arrows to show the direction of airflow and rotor spinning for those who need it. As the name suggests, these fans also have the excellent magnetic levitation bearing from Sunon. The fans are rated for 0.219 A each which includes start-up boost and is really the worst case scenario as tested by a third-party agency. In practice, the three fans provided drew an average operational current draw of 0.088 A (1.06 W) each. So while they can be potentially all run off a single 1 A PWM fan header, CORSAIR has provided a means for powering and controlling the fans as well which we will get to soon. The soldering of the four wires is done neatly here, and we see the use of black insulation on the wires which are then formed into a flat cable without any sleeving otherwise. The fan cable is 12″ long and terminates in a standard 4-pin PWM fan connector.
The accessory pouch lies underneath the cooler unit itself, but it’s better to take a look at this here and having a new page to the cooler itself. A zip lock pouch contains the AMD mounting bracket in metal, an Intel socket backplate in plastic and a cable used for software control and monitoring of the cooler. This cable is 10″ long and has a male micro-USB port on one end and a female internal USB 2.0 (9-pin) connector on the other, the latter which plugs into an available internal USB 2.0 header on your motherboard. If you do not have one available, there are adapters available to help split one header to multiple ones, or go from a Type-A USB port to a male internal header connector.
Also in the larger pouch are two separate, smaller plastic pouches. The first contains the mounting needed for the fans and radiator, wherein we see first 24 metal screws that are 30 mm long and have a Phillips head on them. There are also 24 metal washers and 12 shorter, 6 mm long screws with a Phillips head. CORSAIR provides here enough screws to even add in another set of three fans to go in a push-pull configuration, if need be, so presumably this means the fans will be sold separately as well. If not, there is enough hardware provided to go with a single set of fans in push or pull, in intake or exhaust as per the optimal situation for your specific case and airflow planning. The washers help provide a uniform mounting pressure, and also help prevent the screw head from passing right through fan mounting holes drilled for larger screws/screw-heads. The second pouch contains the installation hardware for the CPU block itself, and this is where Asetek’s simply efficient installation shines. We have four metal locking nuts, two mounting posts for AMD sockets, four for Intel mainstream sockets (LGA 115x, for example) and four for the Intel HEDT platform (LGA 2011, 2011-3, 2066). Unfortunately, there is no support for AMD’s sTR4 socket out of the box so you will have to use the provided adapter that comes with the Threadripper CPUs. This is a real shame, since these two coolers released today are prime candidates for that platform as well.