Thinking about MSI, the first thing to come to mind is a solid motherboard and video card manufacturer. Of course, they also offer complete systems, VR backpacks, laptops, and even peripherals, but we would not have guessed that they were looking into CPU coolers as a way of expanding their brand. An AIO; sure, we completely get that. Everyone else in the game seems to have their name on an AIO of some shape today, but that is not what MSI did. They have decided to venture into air cooling and made a CPU cooler that any MSI motherboard or video card user is going to want to have in their system.
We test and review the MSI Core Frozr L processor cooler. MSI is placing this new processor cooler series in the market, likely made with the same designers and fabbing plant that manufacturers their TwiNFrozr GPU cooler. The end results of the first ever MSI processor cooler even baffled us, as it is pretty darn good. MSI actually is releasing two models, the Core Frozr L and Core Frozr XL which comes with a customizable RGB led.
At the core of MSI's innovation remains an unwavering commitment to provide Top Player with Top Choice products. Apart from its partnership with more than 15 pro-gaming teams around the world, MSI is also an active participant in international gaming tournaments and the host of MSI MGA (Masters Gaming Arena, a world-renowned gaming event. Thrilling in quality and performance, the MSI GAMING Series has proven to meet the most demanding tournament needs, bringing out pro-gamers' best performance and leading them to one victory after another in the global eSports scene. All the above accounts for dominant eSports teams' and professional gamers' trust and decision to choose the MSI GAMING Series that helps them achieve more in their quest for world championship.
Dimensionally, the cooler is 140mm wide, it stands 155mm tall, and is 55mm thick without the fan, and 84mm with the accompanying fan installed. Compatibility is high on both sides of the fence, as it will fit anything since and including LGA775 from Intel, and anything after or since the AM2 socket from AMD. What they do not say here is that there are 51 aluminum fins press fit over four 8mm diameter heat pipes. The base and the heat pipes are all made of copper, but both are also nickel plated to dress it up a touch and help fight corrosion of the copper. On top of the tower is a thick plastic cap. This cap is highly stylized on the top of it, it includes a large MSI logo in the center of it, and there are LEDs which illuminate with red lighting.
- Nickel-Plated copper base
- Premium thermal compound x
- Airflow control technology
- 120Mm fan featuring the award-winning MSI TORX design
- Smart base design
The new Core Frozr coolers feature some of the same technologies found on the award winning MSI GAMING graphics cards. From the Premium Thermal Compound X providing the best transfer of heat to the solid copper baseplate which connects to all 8mm SuperPipes. The massive array of cooling fins are fitted with Airflow Control technology to direct the high volume of airflow from the 120mm version of the patented TORX Fan design to where it is needed. Some new features include an easy to use mounting bracket and CPU backplate for added toughness when mounted. Two versions are scheduled to be available later this year for bundling. Shown at the MSI booth on Gamescom, Core Frozr L is the midrange model, which comes with one 120mm fan and a swappable top cover to fit your gaming rig. Its bigger brother, the Core Frozr XL, will feature a dual fan setup for extra cooling power and fully customizable RGB LED lights.
In the long run, you can blend this tower cooler into many series of motherboards and the various Frozr video cards. Even though we do not run an MSI motherboard, and our experience with their video cards is limited, we like the design and aesthetic of the Core Frozr L. As long as it is capable of doing work, we could see ourselves using this in any silver and red or black and red themed system.
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