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A quick look at the packaging screams MSI, from the dragon logo on the box to the illuminated logo on the pump in all its ARGB glory. Flipping to the next panel, we simply find the MSI dragon logo and not much else. However, the back gives us a great deal of information in regards to the features. MSI choose to focus on their Torx 4.0 fans, independent fan control, and 2.4" customizable LCD display.

Opposite the side with the MSI dragon logo, you will find the obligatory visit this site for more information in various languages mention. It is not until you look at the two ends of the box that you find the specifications. The fans are rated at 77.4 CFM, but have a static pressure of 4.29 mm-H2O. MSI also lists the fans as having dual-ball bearings, so they should hold up over the long-term. Typically, ball bearing fans are not as quiet as some other designs, and well, that remains true here. Sadly, no information is given on the pump-mounted fan, but what I can tell you is that it's no fidget spinner; it has a high RPM, and you will hear it if it's cranked up.


The cooler comes safely packaged in a cardboard tray with all the parts neatly placed in various compartments. It's nothing fancy, but does the job. A foam sheet sits on top for a bit of added protection.

The cooler supports all common AMD and Intel sockets, including TR4 via the adapter included with Threadripper processors. This does not surprise since the CLC is an Asetek-based unit. While it can be used in a Threadripper system, the coldplate isn't quite large enough to completely cover the CPU IHS. So while it is supported on TR4, I wouldn't recommend using it on that particular platform. For all other systems, it's full speed ahead.

Common parts supplied for mounting include:
  • 8x Washers
  • 8x Fan screws
  • 8x Radiator screws
  • 4x Intel LGA20XX screw pillars
  • 4x Intel LGA11366 / LGA115x / LGA1200 screw pillars
  • 4x AMD screw pillars
  • 4x Thumbscrews
  • 2x 120 mm fans
  • 2x Retention screws
  • 2x Retention screw washers
  • 2x Retention screw springs
  • 1x Intel backplate
  • 1x Intel mounting plate
  • 1x AMD mounting plate
  • 1x Tube thermal paste
  • 1x Closed-loop cooler
  • 1x Installation manual
  • 1x ARGB cable
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