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ItsCoolDood    0
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I came seeking knowledge, but found none here. There is no section for the ML 360 in the liquid cooling forums. (Yet?)


MLX-D36M-A20PC-R1 = Cooler MasterLiquid ML360R All in One Watercooling with 3x Addressable RGB 120mm Fan.


Purchased last week for installation in my Cosmos S case, as a replacement for my 10 year old Aquagate MAX, but had to be returned to vendor for replacement as 2 of 3 fans were dead on arrival. The replacement unit has no serial number and therefore can't be registered here. I'm also upgrading CPU, motherboard and ram at the same time.


Some of the questions I would like to find answers to:


1. Why is a 3-way splitter for the fans' power provided and instructions given to use this to connect all three 0.54A fans to a single motherboard connection?

      3x 0.54A = 1.62A.  Most motherboard fan power connectors are rated 1.0 amp maximum. Are you trying to destroy motherboards?


2a. Why does the pump have a 3-pin power connector and instructions are to connect it to a 4-pin PWM motherboard connector?


2b. With no 4th pin PWM signal will this result in the pump running at a constant 100% speed as a fan would, or 50% speed as most pumps do?


2c. If the new motherboard BIOS detects this and switches it to standard 3-pin port mode with varying +VDC supply and drops below 5V could the pump be damaged?



CM Aquagate MAX.jpg

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Added image of old MAX

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ItsCoolDood    0
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So, here we are three weeks later without any response whatsoever from Cooler Master - which I now understand is normal practice. I have completed the latest upgrade to my game rig in spite of the decline in quality of Cooler Master production standards and the lack of information about how to get around the shortcomings.




i7-4770K @ 4GHz & Cooler Master Aquagate MAX (fans replaced with Phanteks)

Intel DZ87KLT-75K & Samsung EVO SSDs

16GB Kingston HyperX Beast (CL11) DDR3 @ 2133MHz

Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290 (4GB GDDR5)

Silverstone OP-1000E P/S & Cooler Master Cosmos S case with standard fans.








i9-9900K @ 4.9GHz & Cooler Master Masterliquid ML 360R

MSI MGP Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon & samsung EVO SSDs

32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (CL14) @ 3200MHz

Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Extreme (8GB GDDR6)

Silverstone OP-1000E P/S & Cooler Master Cosmos S case with ARGB fans

Cooler Master Masterfan MF120R A-RGB case fans & Thermaltake Pure20 ARGB Sync (200mm side fan)






Things I have learned during this build:

1. Cooler Master manufacturing quality control is very poor.I had to return the first Masterliquid ML 360R to the vendor for replacement as two fans were D.O.A.

2. Cooler Master customer support is abysmal. No answers to questions raised by documentation which is very lacking in information.

3. While Cooler Master ARGB fans may be compatible with GIGABYTE RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light if plugged directly into a motherboard header, the Cooler Master controllers supplied with the ML360R & MF120R are not. Only the smaller of these controllers will even be recognised by Cooler Master's own software  and if that software is able to be installed in Windows 10 v. 1903, it will not run due to compatibility issues.



TL;DR. I have been assembling computers since 1988 and as a customer I am so less than impressed that Cooler Master have now joined Asus on my sh1t list.

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