Cooler Master MasterLiquid 360L Core Review: Impressive Budget Cooling

Cooler Master has been busy updating its entire cooling lineup, and this summer and fall we expect to be testing many releases from the company. We recently reviewed the MA824 Stealth air cooler, which impressed us with its high-end cooling performance, combined with quiet operation. 

Here we’re looking at Cooler Master’s latest 360mm AIO liquid cooler, the MasterLiquid 360L Core ARGB. It features a new “Gen S” dual-chamber liquid pump and a thicker radiator for improved cooling capacity vs its predecessor, the PL360 Flux. But is it enough to earn a spot on our best AIO Coolers list? We’ll have to install and test the cooler to find out. 

Cooler Specifications

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Cooler Cooler Master MasterLiquid 360L Core ARGB
MSRP $119.99
Installed Size 394 (L) x 119.6 (W) x 27.2 mm (H)
Radiator Material Aluminum
Socket Compatibility Intel LGA 1700 / 1200 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156
  AMD AM5 / AM4 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / FM2+ / FM2 / FM1
Base Redesigned Copper Base
Warranty 3 years
Max TDP (Our Testing) ~250W on Intel’s i7-13700K

Packing and Included Contents 

Cooler Master’s MasterLiquid 360L Core ARGB arrives in a box similar in size to other coolers in its class.

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The inner contents are protected by molded foam and cardboard, helping to ensure the cooler arrives undamaged.

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Included with the package are the following:

  • 360mm Radiator & Gen S Water Pump
  • Three 120mm Fans
  • CryoFuze Thermal Paste
  • ARGB & Fan Splitters
  • Mounting for Intel and AMD Platforms

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Installation on LGA1700

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