Cooler Master ML360R RGB AIO CPU Cooler Review

If it is Frag Harder Disco Lights you want, then Cooler Master ML360R RGB All-In-One CPU liquid cooler has that in spades. RGB is nice and all, but how does this AIO do where the rubber meets the road? We strap the ML360R RGB to our highly over-volted and overclocked Ryzen 7 processor and find out.

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MasterLiquid ML360R RGB

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Package & Specs

Packaging for the ML360R RGB is impressive. This is by far the largest cooler box we have ever encountered. The printing is extremely well done, and very vibrant throughout. The front features a glossy picture of the cooler set atop the matte black background, and all the info about it’s RGB compatibility with the various motherboard vendors. The back of the box gives a bit of marketing info in various languages, as well as a very cool exploded view of the pump head. The long sides of the box are fairly sparse, and lastly one short side has some marketing and images, with the final side giving the specifications, compatibility, as well as a diagram of the cooler with measurements.

Our unit arrived in good condition, with the molded fiberboard insert doing a good job of keeping everything in its place. The radiator did have some damage to the fins, but it’s impossible to say at what stage it occurred. All the components and fans are placed into individual bags.

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Dimensions: (W)394mm x(H)27.2(D)119mm(without fan)

Material: Aluminum radiator with copper water block

Recommended TDP: Not specified

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2066
  • LGA 2011(v3)
  • LGA 115X
  • LGA 1366
  • LGA 775
  • AMD

  • AM4
  • AM3(+)
  • AM2(+)
  • FM2(+)
  • FM1
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed:2000 RPM (Max)
  • Air Flow: 66.7 CFM
  • Static Pressure: 2.34mm-H2O [LI]Noise: 30 dBA (claimed)
  • Contents

    You get the cooler itself, three MF120R ARGB fans, a small instruction manual, and warranty booklet. All the hardware required for installation on the supported sockets, as well as the addressable RGB controller.

    As for the wiring, it’s nearly the same as what we saw with the ML240R RGB with an internal USB 2.0 to USB type A female adapter, a USB Type A male to Micro USB type B adapter, a 4 pin RGB extension cable, a 3 pin RGB extension cable, four 3 pin and one 4 pin RGB connectors, a 2-pin cable that goes to your case reset switch, a 2-pin cable that goes to your motherboards reset header, a 2-pin to 3-pin male and female fan splitter, a 3-way 4-pin fan splitter, and a 5-way 3-pin ARGB splitter.

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    Fit and Finish

    The cold plate on the ML360R is standard CoolerMaster affair, with nice machining, countersunk screws, and being very slightly convex on one axis.

    The pump head itself is the same dual dissipation design from the ML240R. It has the high gloss finish that we worry could be easily scratched, and will certainly be a fingerprint magnet. The pump head has a 3-pin power wire and a 3-pin ARGB wire coming from it, that are unsleeved and very thin gauge making concealing them quite easy.

    The radiator has a very basic black paint finish, and painted on Cooler Master logo on both sides. The hoses are sleeved, and are quite stiff, however where these mount to the pump head do swivel which is a nice touch.

    The fans are essentially the same as previously tested Cooler Master fans. Featuring a stiff plastic frame with well molded blades, as well as rubber inserts at the mounting points on both sides to help eliminate vibration noises. The fans have two wires each, a 3-pin ARGB wire, as well as a 4-pin PWM wire, both of which are quite long, and are nicely sleeved.

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    Installation & Contact

    Installation of the cooler itself on our AM4 system was very straightforward.

    Installing the fans on the radiator was easily done using the provided knurled phillips thumb screws, one thing to note is CoolerMaster only provides one set of these screws, so if you are planning to run the ML360R in push/pull, additional hardware is required.

    Mounting the radiator to the top of the case was once again a little more difficult than it needed to be. In the same way with previous Cooler Master all-in-one coolers, the screws have a very small head, and no washers provided, which can cause the screws to pull through the rubber grommets on our test Corsair 750D Airflow Edition.

    Another thing of note is on nearly all, all-in-one coolers, we mount these with the radiator hoses towards the front of the case. This was not possible with the ML360R, as the hoses are not quite long enough.

    Installing the pump to the motherboard is very straightforward on our AM4 system. CoolerMaster uses the stock backplate, as well as the stock cooler mounts for installation. Mounting brackets with clips on captive thumb screws are screwed onto the pump head. One thing we didn’t notice when testing the ML240R is that these clips actually slot into a groove on the pump head, which also has a small notch to key it in place, a very nice touch. The captive thumb screws are then fully loosened to aid in slipping them over the hooks on the stock AM4 mounts, and tightened by hand.

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    Wiring

    Just like the ML240R,the ML260R is going to get it's own section on wiring. Having done this same installation previously on the ML240L, it did go quite a bit smoother, it is still however quite a task. Power to the cooler and fans is provided by the motherboard’s CPU and CPU_OPT fan headers, plugging the pump's power wire into the CPU Fan header, and using the included splitter to plug both the fans into the CPU_OPT header.

    Next we come to the lighting, and wiring the included ARGB controller. Once again we highly recommend downloading the user manual for the controller from the Coooler Master website, as the included instructions are a little lacking.

    Using the included 5-way ARGB splitter, the three fans are connected to the bottom right side ARGB port on the controller. The pump, is connected to the included 3-pin ARGB extension cable, and then using one of the 3-pin ARGB male-male adapters, connected to the 2nd port on the right side of the ARGB controller.

    The first connection made was the SATA power into the top of the controller. Next, the included internal USB adapter was installed, going to the USB A to Micro B adapter, then finally terminating into the bottom of the controller.

    Lastly, the case reset switch wire was removed from the motherboard header, and connected to the 3rd port on the left side of the controller using the supplied adapter wire. Then using yet another supplied wire, connections are made from the bottom 2-pin port on the left side of the ARGB controller to the motherboard’s reset switch header. This allows you to press the reset switch on your case to change between the seven lighting modes of the controller, and holding the reset switch on your case for five seconds will cause the machine to reset.

    The top button on the controller switches between the seven lighting modes of the controller. One button down switches the unit from standard RGB mode, to addressable RGB mode. When in addressable mode, 4 white LEDs on the right side of the controller will light up, when in standard, a single white LED on the left side will light, the 2 white LEDs on the bottom of the controller are always on when the unit is plugged in. The third button is used to switch colors in standard RGB mode, and the bottom button changes between the unit's 5 lighting speeds.

    After installation a visit to the ML360R RGB's product page on CoolerMaster's website and clicking "download" on the top will allow you to grab the ARGB lighting control software, as well as the 19 page "Lighting Control Intro" PDF.

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    Mate Comments

    The mate achieved using only our hands to tighten the thumbscrews on the cooler was fantastic. Very even spread throughout, however you can see that slightly convex nature of the baseplate.

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