Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Review: The Strong, Silent Type

Cooler Master MasterLiquid 280The Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 is the larger radiator version of the previously reviewed MasterLiquid Pro 240 which was released a month prior. Utilizing two large 140mm fans instead of a pair of 120’s for active radiator cooling, the MasterLiquid Pro 280 should be able to cool better than its smaller sibling, while producing less noise. Most of the other features remain the same including the dual-chamber pump, thick copper cold plate, and square-fin radiator design, Cooler Master also chose to upgrade the tubing with a sleeved cover that is a lot more user-friendly and aesthetically appealing.

The best part, this upgrade is only $10 more than the 240mm version. While not all cases can fit a 280mm radiator, mounting support is more common than it seems. Just within Cooler Master’s current crop of cases alone, the MasterLiquid Pro 280 will fit with all of them with the exception of the micro-ATX MasterCase Pro 3 chassis.

Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master
Product Name/Link to Website: MasterLiquid Pro 280
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

The MasterLiquid Pro 280 packaging is similar to the MasterLiquid Pro 240, just larger. Coming in an elongated box with the new Cooler Master color theme of a simple all-black with white text and blue highlight for the product title. The product dimensions are listed at the rear of the box for both the radiator and the pump/block design so users can gauge any clearance issues before buying.

The internal contents are placed in a series of folded cardboards rather than the recycled carton compartments of the previous Nepton series. The accessories are inside a separate box which is then organized further. Each accessory kit is partitioned in a plastic bag with the smaller components actually housed in a see-through organizer, which is a first for Cooler Master. They tend to just put all accessories in a single bag and lets users sort it, but this one comes pre-sorted..

Aside from the mounting accessory set, bundled with the MasterLiquid Pro unit itself are a pair of MasterFan Pro 140 Air fans and a noise dampening gasket. The mounting accessory kit also includes a PWM Y-splitter, a small tube of thermal compound and radiator mounting screws.

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240

 

Specifications

MasterLiquid Pro 280
ModelMLY-D28M-A22MB-R1
CPU SocketIntel® LGA 2011-3 / 2011 / 1366 / 1150 / 1151 / 1156 / 1155 / 775
AMD FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+
Radiator Dimension (L x W x H)311x 138 x 27 mm
12.24 x 5.43 x 1.06 inch
Radiator MaterialAluminum
Fan Dimension140 x 140 x 25 mm
5.5 x 5.5 x 1 inch
Fan Speed650 ~ 2200RPM ± 10%
Fan Air Flow64.21 CFM (Max)
113.32 m3/h (Max)
Fan Air Pressure3.15 mmH2O ± 10% (Max)
Fan MTTF490,000 Hours
Fan L-1070,000 Hours
Fan Noise Level<12 dBA (Max)
Fan Connector4-Pin
Fan Rated Voltage12 VDC
Waterblock Dimensions (L x W x H)94.8 x 68 x 56.9 mm (3.7 x 2.68 x 2.2 inch)
Pump Waterblock MaterialCopper
Pump Speed1100 ~3300RPM (PWM)
Pump Bearing TypeCeramic
Pump Rated Amperage 0.5 A
Pump Power Connector4Pin (PWM)
Tube DiameterΦ8 mm
Tube Length358 ± 5mm
Pump MTTF175,000 Hours
Pump L-1050,000 Hours
Pump Noise Level(dB-A)< 12 dBA
Pump Rated Voltage12 VDC
Pump Power6.0W
Pump LEDBlue LED
EAN Code4719512052631
UPC Code884102028748
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