Review: MSI MAG CoreLiquid 240r AIO

PRODUCT: MSI MAG CoreLiquid 240r AIO
FROM: Ebay

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Originally I had planned on getting this cooler at the beginning of my build however I decided against it after I realised my CPU came with the Wraith Prism Cooler which keeped my processor cool enough. That said when it turned up sealed on ebay I couldn’t help putting on a cheeky bid for £76 which was over £40 off the price in every store at the time.


The MSI MAG CoreLiquid 240r AIO looks great, the subtle MSI dragon logo on the heatsink head is stylish without being too garish, and as you can twist the head there’s no issues with it being the wrong way round, the radiator is plain black, just how I like it and the tubing can be adjusted into many positions to ensure it sits right, although the tubing is probably longer than most people would like, too long sure beats being too short. The fans look good, and the ARGB is as expected identical colour tone to the fan provided in my MSI Case.

Build Quality

Everything feels good quality, there is a whole host of fitting options for different sockets, and while I can only talk about the AM4 fitting, its very easy to set up and feels nice and secure. The Tubing looks and feels good quality, as do the fittings between the tubing and the components. The pump is in the radiator so you can pretty much fit the radiator in any position without limiting the life of the pump, however you’ll still get multitudes of people on the internet telling you to flip your radiator if you post pics with it fitted vertically with the tubes at the top.


This is where I felt really let down by the MSI MAG CoreLiquid 240r AIO while the fans are very quiet and unoffecnsive, with the pump motor at 100% which is around 4000rpm it has a nasty whine/hum, I’ve tried removing it and refitting to see if it’s just the radiator vibrating on the case but it seems like it’s the pump itself that’s making the noise, fortunately you can get round this by setting up a custom fan curve for the pump, I’ve got it running constant at 3700rpm ramping up to full power at 70c but I’ve never yet seen it get anywhere near needing that, I did worry that I had bought a dodgy one, however a quick google suggests this is too common to be a one off.


The MSI MAG CoreLiquid 240r AIO seems to keep my processor around 5-10c cooler than the bundled AMD Wraith Prism, which I can’t complain about at all.

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