MSI has announced that it is entering the all-in-one CPU cooler market this week with its own MAG CORELIQUID series. Wasting no time, MSI has added not just one AIO to the MAG CORELIQUID range, but four new models make up the series initially.
Although not officially stated, it seems as though the new MAG CORELIQUID series from MSI may not be an Asetek rebranded product, since the design of the cooler has some very interesting features. While it may look just like any other AIO on the market right now, MSI has taken on a very different approach to the pump design.
Usually, with AIO coolers the pump is located on the CPU block due to a patented design by Asetek. However, the MSI MAG CORELIQUID series uses a very different strategy of integrating the pump into the radiator. Other manufacturers have got around the Asetek patent in the past by using a dual-chamber CPU block/pump housing, However, MSI thinks its approach is better.
According to MSI, having the pump integrated into the radiator dampens sound coming from the overall assembly to reduce noise. The pump core features a three-phase motor to increase life expectancy and minimise vibration and the tubing is constructed from a three-layer netted plastic with a reinforced mesh exterior for durability.
The MSI MAG CORELIQUID CPU block is outfitted with the trademark MSI dragon logo that is illuminated with addressable RGB lighting. The head of the block offers 270-degree rotation so users can mount the block in any orientation. The cooler comes with an MPG MAX iHUB to control the RGB lighting via MSI Mystic Light, and when combined with an MSI motherboard, fans can be PWM controlled with the MSI Dragon Centre.
In terms of socket compatibility of the MSI CORELIQUID AIO series, all mainstream desktop platforms from Intel and AMD are covered, as well as HEDT AMD Ryzen Threadripper TR4 and sTRX4 and even socket SP3 for AMD EPYC processors.
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KitGuru says: This is not the first time we have seen a radiator mounted pump in an AIO but it is the first from MSI, so it will be interesting to see just how well it performs compared with a traditional AIO and a CPU block mounted pump setup. What do you guys think of the new MAG CORELIQUID AIO from MSI?