It seems everyone is jumping on the All-in-one (AIO) liquid cooling systems bandwagon these days. The AIO liquid cooling systems industry is going haywire: with companies dissolving, and others switching OEMs. Not too long ago, Corsair announced its partnership with CoolIT to develop better cooling systems. This caused CoolIT to dissolve as a retail brand, and Corsair’s previous OEM Asetek set free; Antec took the chance to pair up with Asetek, and are now working on a new AIO liquid cooling system.
Not forgetting custom liquid cooling component companies like XSPC, which are shipping parts for a basic closed-loop system for the more experienced users to assemble on their own. CoolerMaster jumps in with the A-L2 prototype. Now, it may seem that CoolerMaster is yet another trigger-happy brand wanting to capitalise on the lucrative AIO liquid cooling market. Or are they?
Veteran PC enthusiasts will recall the days where CoolerMaster launched its Aquagate AIO liquid-cooling system. There was much fanfare about the product, and though it performed respectably well, it was not widely-accepted. It was launched too early to be considered a viable and reliable solution. Fast forward to today, CoolerMaster is about to change their image of ‘the company that tried, but failed’.
At CES 2011, CoolerMaster showcased a variety of new products. The A-L2 liquid cooling system stood out amongst the plethora of gaming cases and peripherals that CM was exhibiting.
The working A-L2 prototype features a 120mm radiator, and has a much larger pump than the competition. CoolerMaster claims that its pump can move up to 450L/s. This means better air flow, and potentially better cooling prowess than the competition. The copper block also features a patent-pending stacked-fin design instead of the usual micro-fin one. This increases the amount of contact between liquid and CPU, and thus promises better cooling. Looks impressive in person and on paper, but results have yet to be released.