Cooler master Master Liquid Lite 120
The CoolerMaster MasterLiquid Lite 120 is by far the cheapest cooler on this group test, and in some ways it shows, but fundamentally this cooler still delivers in the areas where it counts. You do get a few nice extras, too. While plastic, the pump/block is topped by an illuminated CoolerMaster logo. The radiator is also well made, though it is a touch bigger than others.
The fan also comes with integrated rubber pads on its corners to help reduce transfer of vibrations and reduce noise. Plus, the screws for mounting the fan are thumbscrews, which means there’s one less reason to grab a screwdriver when installing it.
The mounting system of this cooler is also good, particularly for AM4 motherboards. It uses the standard AM4 motherboard bracket, so there’s no need to fit a base plate.
In terms of performance, it came dead last for overall cooling, both in silent and standard mode. It was also the joint loudest in silent mode—due to the pump making noticeable burbling noises—though it was the quietest in standard mode.
The end result is that this is a perfectly decent budget cooler. It’s not perfect, but for the price it more than delivers.