Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 40

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 Review

(40 User comments) »

Conclusion

  • The Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 has an MSRP of $99 / €99.
  • Unique design
  • Very quiet
  • Good build quality
  • Top-flow or tower-style mounting options
  • Exceptional clearance
  • Five year warranty
  • Price to performance
  • Overall performance slightly lacking
  • Industrial design not for everyone
8.0
Cooler Master has definitely produced a unique and interesting all-in-one liquid cooler. The MasterLiquid Maker 92 stands out in a crowded market. No cookie cutter radiator and pump to be seen here. Better yet, it's also very quiet, which I did not expect at all. So, that is a big plus for sure. Build quality is good, no gaps or rattling, or other issues to speak of. The ability to mount the cooler either horizontally or vertically, however, is the defining feature. It can be set up like a standard tower cooler or configured in a top-flow position to push air down onto the CPU and its surrounding components. It should be noted that the big benefit to this is the fact that it improves case compatibility and overall versatility. Clearance, no matter the orientation, is exceptional; RAM, GPU, EPS 8-pin, motherboard heatsinks, etc., all have no clearance issues. In fact, depending on the orientation, most RAM modules with tall heat spreaders should fit without issue. Finally, the five year warranty is just stellar and nice to see. The only other thing that comes to mind is Cooler Master's unique fan setup. One of the fans is set to spin at a lower RPM than the other to reduce noise levels; it essentially only spins when absolutely necessary.

Now, I honestly did not expect top-tier performance; however, I did expect more than what is on offer here. The radiator is just too small, and in the end, the Maker 92 just could not out pace far cheaper competitors. Sadly, the real problem here is Cooler Master's own 212X, which offered similar performance for far less, which brings us to the next problem and that is price. This cooler's price-performance ratio is lackluster with the Cooler Master Hyper 212X looking downright amazing in comparison due to the $99 price tag. CRYORIG's C7 for those running mini-ITX systems also offers far better bang for buck.

Overall, the Maker 92 is a mixed bag: On one hand, it's unique and really shows some out-of-the-box thinking, but on the other, there is its cooling performance that just doesn't live up to expectations. I would be looking at the Cooler Master Hyper 212X instead as it really does offer the same performance at 1/3 the price. In general, the unique design and Cooler Master's creativity only go so far. Overall, however, I feel the biggest factor here is price. Being unique does not make up for the high price. Future revisions and changes will hopefully improve performance and lower pricing. Which would make the MasterLiquid Maker 92 a far more compelling option.

In the end, if you want a versatile, quiet all-in-one liquid cooler that is unique, the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 is worth a look. Just don't expect performance to challenge traditional all-in-one units or mid to high end air coolers.
Next Page »(40 User comments)