Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux Review (Page 1 of 4)

Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux Review

By: Jonah Chow (Guest Writer)
December 14, 2021

You have probably heard of the Mission Impossible films even if you are not a movie buff. What makes those films so memorable and popular though? There are a few reasons such as the acting, memorable soundtrack, and simple premise that make sense, but if I had to pinpoint the main reason, it would be the thrilling action. Tom Cruise is known for performing his own stunts, which have been taken to incredible exhilarating extremes in the past few movies. Some of these examples include scaling the Burj Khalifa, hanging from a plane that is taking off, or hanging off a helicopter in flight. While these scenes do not make up the whole movie, it still sticks with viewers due to the realism of the stunt and action scene. It really feels like Tom Cruise is in danger because he actually is, which draws people into the motion picture that much more. In a sense, you can always expect to see an unexpected stunt to be all special effects only to find out the actor was really putting himself in danger. This dedication Tom Cruise has to his craft along with the thrilling action and spectacle are often cited as the main reasons why the Mission Impossible films are always so fun to watch. Similarly, Cooler Master has had very good all-in-one liquid coolers, as we have seen in the past. Today, we have the Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux with us, another 240mm liquid cooler. Will this liquid cooler carry the same quality as previous liquid coolers from this company? Let us read on to find out!

Our review unit of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux arrived in a medium-sized brown corrugated cardboard shipping box from Cooler Master's headquarters in Brea, California, USA via FedEx International Ground. The liquid cooler arrived to us here in our offices in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in mostly good condition with only a few minor dents. This is also one of the few instances in recent times here at APH Networks where there was only one Cooler Master product in the shipping box, with some I can name being the MasterLiquid ML240 Illusion and the SK622.

The retail box is a little different in design compared to other Cooler Master all-in-one liquid coolers we have reviewed in the past. Instead of a black background, the signature Cooler Master purple covers most of the box, except for some black strips and some vibrant color patterns at the top right. The product name is seen in large font at the top right with an image of the liquid cooler front and center of the box. The Cooler Master text is located at the bottom left. A scaled-down image of the lighting controller is seen at the bottom right with the text “Includes Controller” beside it. Additional information can be found around the sides and back of the box, including compatible motherboard software.

Before we move on, here are the technical specifications of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux from the press release:

Product Name: MasterLiquid PL240 FLUX
Product Number: MLY-D24M-A23PZ-R1
Exterior Color: Black
CPU Socket: Intel 1700/2066/2011-v3/2011/1200/1151/1150/1155/1156/1200 socket, AMD AM4/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2+/FM2/FM1/TR4
Radiator Material: Aluminum
Radiator Dimensions (LxWxH): 277 x 119.6 x 27.2mm (15.5 x 4.7 x 1.1 inch)
Pump Dimensions (LxWxH): 89 x 75 x 40 mm (3.2 x 2.95 x 1.57 inch)
Pump MTTF (Hours): 50,000 hours
Pump Noise Level (dBA): 25dBA
Pump Connector: 3-Pin
Pump Rated Voltage (VDC): 12
Pump Power Consumption (W): 6 W
Fan Dimensions (LxWxH): 120 x 120 x 25 mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 1 inch)
Fan Quantity (pcs): 2
Fan LED Type: Addressable Gen 2 RGB
Fan Speed: 0~2300 +- 10% RPM
Fan Airflow: 111.78m^3/h (65.79 CFM) (Max)
Fan Noise Level: 33 dB(A)
Fan Pressure (mmH20): 2.44 mmH20 (Max)
Fan Bearing: Rifle
Fan MTTF: >160,000 hours
Fan Power Connector: 4-Pin PWM
Fan Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
Fan Rated Current (A): 0.15A
Fan Safety Current (A): 0.3A
RAM Clearance: N/A
Warranty: 5 years

Upon opening the box, we are greeted with the all-in-one liquid cooler and all the typical accessories. We also have two updated versions of the Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 ARGB fans, second generation ARGB controller, small tube of MasterGel Pro thermal paste, and all the necessary installation tools for both AMD and Intel sockets. A 4-pin PWM Y-split cable, USB cable, ARGB signal cable, and SATA power cables can be found as well. Finally, we have an installation guide and warranty information, which is also typical for all-in-one liquid coolers to include. The Cooler Master MasterLiquid PL240 Flux comes with a 5-year warranty.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware, Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion