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Review MSI CoreLiquid K360r AIO

CPU Coolers are quite pricey these days and you can find exactly what you’re looking for at the exact price you’re willing to spend, be it a basic air cooler or an AIO RGB. MSI is taking it a step further with the CoreLiquid k360 – an RGB AIO with a customizable LCD display for all your geek or makeup needs. From CPU frequencies and temperatures to custom logos and graphics, your imagination is the limit on what you can display. Before we dive deeper here are the specifications.

Specifications

  • Current price: $234 (Amazon)
  • Compatibility:
    • AMD: AM4 / FM2 + / FM2 / FM1 / AM3 + / AM3 / AM2 + / AM2 Socket TR4 / sTRX4 / SP3
    • Intel: LGA 1150/1151/1155/1156/1200 LGA 1366/2011/2011-3/2066
  • Fan
    • Number of fans: 3
    • Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25mm
    • Speed: 0 ~ 2500 RPM
    • Lighting: aRGB
    • Air flow: 77.4 CFM
    • Noise: 39.9 dBA
    • Pressure: 4.29 mmH2O
    • Lifespan: 100,000 hours
    • PWM mode: Yes
    • Cable length: 550mm (5V aRGB) / 350mm (PWM Cable)
    • ARGB cable connector: Yes
  • Radiators
    • Material: Aluminum
    • Dimensions: 394 x 120 x 27mm
    • Cooling tube material: Black rubber + mesh
    • Cooling pipe length: 400mm
  • Pump / Block
    • Dimensions: 94.66 x 83.36 x 94mm
    • LCD Size: 2.4”
    • Expected pump life: 50,000 hours
    • Pump noise: 20 dBA
    • Power consumption of pump: 4W
    • Pump speed: PWM control; 100% duty cycle w/2800 +/- 300 RPM
    • Voltage: 12DC
    • 4pin cable length: 400mm
    • Sata cable length: 650mm
    • USB 2.0 cable length: 750mm

Construction and Aesthetics

MSI is renowned in the PC building world, and for good reason – they consistently deliver top-quality hardware and accessories that not only fulfill the desired role, but also deliver a refined beauty rarely seen in other brands. other brands. CoreLiquid is no different in this respect. Sure it cools like any other cooler of its kind but it gets the job done while looking absolutely amazing. Like most other coolers, the CoreLiquid is blacked out from the block to the heatsink with two exceptions: the RGB fan and the 2.4″ LCD display.

The fans that come with the cooler are second to none. Incredibly sturdy in your hand during installation, they also feature rubber cushions at the screw hole points, while also eliminating noise and providing a more secure feel to the radiator. Moving down the flexible and meshed tube brings you to the standout feature of the entire cooler: the customizable 2.4” LCD display. Interestingly, this was the first place where I had problems with the installation as the plastic housing encased in the LCD’s internal wiring and the pump being secured was quite loose and wobbled a lot during the process. install for me, which is pretty disappointing though not a problem. -wear. Once installed, it stays where it’s supposed to be but having it cluttered around doesn’t make the device feel well put together. What it did reveal, however, was a smart design decision – an additional fan designed to dissipate warm airflow underneath the pump unit – an area that rarely sees any airflow – to reduce the temperature of components located on the motherboard.

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Everything about the cooler is adjustable using the MSI Center software, and when it comes to component software, MSI is on the right track. The minimal and non-invasive firmware does exactly what I needed. Nothing more, nothing less, and at least for me completely faultless. Every fan is adjustable beyond simple presets to do the job for you. With MSI’s Gaming Mode feature, three heatsink fans are individually set to provide dynamic cooling based on CPU temperature and load – reducing unnecessary noise and power consumption during gaming sessions your.

In addition to fan curves, MSI Center offers the ability to customize the LCD in the new box to your wishes. There’s a bunch of different presets to choose from, allowing you to choose from monitoring your CPU temperature on the block itself to seeing your CPU frequency in real time – great, you can even set it to be the clock if that’s your thing. However, I think adding your own graphics to the display is where the LCD will be used the most. Using the software, you can upload your own images and give your PC the final customizations to perfect your build.

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Benchmark

Before getting into the charts, I’d like to get a glimpse of the method used to arrive at the results in the charts below. Some people prefer to use Prime95 instead of AIDA64 to test their CPU load and others prefer the opposite. I found, at least for me, that AIDA64 gives a lower stress temperature so I chose to use Prime95. This way I’m giving the cooler a worst-case scenario, and during normal use and gaming you’ll see less than what I get under stress. For no-load temperatures, the process is much easier, although sometimes longer. Idling temperature on the cooler is taken 20 min after cold start. This is to allow plenty of time for things to settle into a consistent state. The only program that starts is the hardware monitor for the last temperature reading after 20 minutes have passed. Finally, all temperatures are reported as a delta of ambient temperature because we all keep rooms at a different temperature. It’s the best way I’ve found to report results that can be maintained consistently across multiple climates. For reference, in case anyone is curious, the tests were, in this case, conducted in a room kept at 75 degrees F.

Ambient temperature

The MSI CoreLiquid is right in its place as a 360mm AIO cooling solution. During my testing, the CoreLiquid performed admirably – keeping up with the ML360r from CoolerMaster despite the extra hardware attached to the block. Where I found myself a bit surprised was the idle temperature. Clearly, the addition of a pump fan is doing something to the area. Now I can’t say for sure that’s what’s going on. While I guarantee that the fan speeds are consistent, we can also simply see the difference between the MSI fan versus the CoolerMaster fan. However, a part of me likes to think that letting the fan move warm air away from the area below the block could lead to a slight drop in temperature when left idle.

Epilogue

The MSI CoreLiquid K360r is a great cooler, I have no questions about that. However, what anyone looking to buy a new cooler will have to ask themselves is whether they can make use of the extra feature it offers: the 2.4-inch LCD screen. That’s not a question I can answer for anyone – all I can say is that if you like the idea of ​​having a small monitor for customization, MSI has done an excellent job at it. do it: from hardware to software. Personally, I like having a small screen to play with, and I love the fact that I don’t have to throttle my CPU temperature to do so. Too many times I’ve seen tiny features like this go hand in hand with an accessory’s original purpose, so it’s refreshing to see MSI avoid that trap. All in all, if you’re looking for a little more customization and cool temperatures to boot MSI CoreLiquid deserves serious consideration.

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The product described in this article is provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.

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