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MSI MEG CoreLiquid S360 cooler review

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We thoroughly tested the MEG S360, which MSI announced for those who prefer silence on their PCs.

Offering a significant improvement over the company’s previous MPG CoreLiquid K360 cooler, the S360 is designed for those who prioritize performance and silence over looks.

Let’s start with the product price of $250, which is the first elephant in the room. When we convert directly with the immediate exchange rate, we see that the retail sales prices are between 5500 and 6000 TL, although it is 4150 TL. When we look at the readymade liquid coolers market, we cannot say that this is the most expensive product at this price, but I can definitely say that this is a product that has placed itself in the upper class. is given

With its size and cooling capacity, this is a cooler well-suited for use with high-end processors, and we used an Intel Core i9 12900K in our tests.

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Silent Gale fan model used by MSI in S360.
9 Fan blades have high curls.
Thanks to the 4-pin PWM cable end, the fan speed can be adjusted more flexibly.
A rubber coating is used on the corners of the fan to reduce vibration.

Yes, the fans aren’t RGB and what you really care about is quiet performance, but for the price, I think the fans could be RGB. Because finally those who don’t like can turn off the lighting whenever they want.

MEG CoreLiquid S360 Radiator Fan
The Silent Gale fan model used by MSI in the S360.
MEG CoreLiquid S360 Fan Assembly
9 Fan blades have high curls.
MEG CoreLiquid S360 Fan Cable Thanks
to the 4-pin PWM cable end, the fan speed can be adjusted more flexibly.
The MEG CoreLiquid S360 fan
uses a rubber coating on the corners of the fan to reduce vibration.
Even if it’s not RGB, the fans are really quiet, let me tell you guys, I’ve never seen fans that work so quietly and perform at such high performance for so long. These fans have 35cm long sheathed cables and a 4-pin PWM tip, have rotation speeds from 0 to 2000RPM and maintain a peak speed of 22.7 decibels at extremely low noise levels. Again, fan blades have higher curvature, so they can provide higher static pressure with less noise.

We don’t see anything different in terms of thickness and material of the radiator. It has aluminum radiator and 27mm thickness. He preferred to work with Asetek in the pump unit. The product uses Asetek’s 7th generation pumps. If you’ve had the chance to try different brands of CPU coolers lately, you’ve noticed that most of them have similar mounting kits. This is because they are all Acetek based coolers. However, brands don’t take a reference design from Asetek and use it as is, they customize it. In the MSI CoreLiquid S360, we see its limits really pushed.

Fin pump

That is; A disadvantage of using an off-the-shelf liquid cooler is that it cannot cool the overheated power circuits around the processor socket. In the past, when we used tower-type air coolers, air passed through here to cool these components. As a solution to this, the idea of ​​installing a small fan in the pump unit has come up in recent years. Of course, MSI is not the originator of this idea, but MSI’s adoption of this idea and effective use of it was a detail I liked about the product.

There is a small fan between the display and the pump and it cools the VRM units.

Because we always say in cooler reviews how hot current processors are and draw power, especially when power is unlocked. Therefore, the power circuits around the processor heat up and require cooling. In this direction, airflow becomes very important in your case.

Display Features

When the magnetic top piece is removed, the cooler looks like a screen.
When you put the top in place, the screen borders are not clear.

One of the S360’s biggest draws, and perhaps the biggest factor driving up the price, is the large 2.4-inch IPS display on it. The screen can reach a maximum brightness of 500 nits, which is important for reading the screen if you use tinted tempered glass. Finally, this screen has a 320×240 resolution and details are clear and colors are accurate.

One thing I didn’t like about the K360 was the lack of IPS. Color and viewing angle were not as good as S360. In that sense, I welcomed the fact that the screen is IPS. The piece on the screen is held in place with magnets. A reflective surface is used on top and it hides the corners of the LCD screen down, giving it a nice view.

Another situation often encountered during system installation is installation of the pump unit in different orientations. For example, your memory slots might not allow it, or your case’s fan slots might require you to install the radiator differently. If this happens, the possibility of rotating the screen under MSI Center is good.

Using Screen with MSI Center

On this screen, you can display 5 system information, which you can select one by one with the MSI Center application. These include processor operating frequency, temperature, video card memory frequency and utilization percentage, cooler fluid temperature, FPS, pump, fan on pump and radiator fan speed. We can also change the background on the screen where this information is displayed. MSI has given us 4 options. Another feature I was looking for was the duration of this information on the screen. I wish we could change that too.

MEG CoreLiquid S360 – MSI CenterMEG CoreLiquid S360 – MSI Center

Apart from all these, being able to show custom animations, clock and weather of your location are other nice features. However, we can only use 12 hour format, I could not see 24 hour format option.

Cooling test

Before we get to the cooling performance you’ve all been waiting for, let me talk about the specifics of our system. In the test system, we used a 12900K processor and an MSI MEG Z690 Unify motherboard with BIOS-unlocked power.

In the temperature test, we used the Cinebench R23 multi-core render test to push the processor. We repeated the test with the NZXT Kraken X73 and Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix 360mm coolers for comparison purposes. Thermal Grizzly Hydronaut thermal paste was used on all coolers and the ambient temperature was maintained at 23 degrees Celsius.

For those who don’t know, this version of Cinebench uses the AVX instruction set, and applications using this instruction set raise the processor temperature more than others.

I can easily say that you definitely don’t even go through these degrees in games. For example we ran PUGB at 1080p to shift the load to the processor and as you can see the temperature hovered between 45-55. When you run 1440p and 4K, you’re likely to see lower temperatures because the load will shift from the processor to the graphics card.

Going back to our Cinebech test, we tested in the space assembly at 23 degrees ambient temperature and repeated the test with other coolers in the same environment.

Test procedure

In the tests, we placed our noise sensor 20 cm away from the radiator and set ourselves a threshold of 37 decibels. We increased the revs until the fan noise level reached 37 decibels. The MSI cooler fans allowed us to rev up to an impressive 80%, which equates to 1650 RPM. We also ran the fan on the pump unit at 40% RPM ie 2000 RPM.

The NZXT Kraken X73 fans we used in our comparison reached 37 decibels at 1247 RPM, which corresponds to 50% rotation speed.

Similarly, our second cooler, the Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix, reached 37 decibels at 52% rotational speed.

This shows us how quiet the CoreLiquid S360 fans work. I can say that the noise/performance ratio of these fans is the highest among the ready-made liquid coolers that I have reviewed so far.

Finally, all chillers had a pump turnover rate of 100%.

In our tests, we measured and compared the temperature of our processor’s #1 performance core, the temperature of the processor socket reported by the motherboard, and the temperature of the power circuit components around the processor socket.

As you can see, MSI MEG Coreliquid S360 gave the lowest result in all measurements. With the benefit of being able to operate at 37 decibels with 80% fan speed, the No. 1 performance core was 83 degrees, a 6-degree difference with the NZXT Kraken X73, which had the worst result we got. The temperature of the CPU socket and power circuit components was also around 5 degrees lower than other coolers in the MSI.

Evaluation of results

In conclusion, I can say that MSI CoreLiquid S360 is a cooler that will not let you down in terms of performance and silence.

The only downside to this cooler that I found was that the MSI Center was a bit clunky and had to wait a long time during startup and when switching from module to module. They need to work on it and make it more functional. Apart from this, some more work can be done on the interface and color theme. Because its design is a bit simpler than Corsair iCUE and NZXT Cam.

Also, although it’s not very important, maybe RGB fans could be put in the box. Apart from these, it is an all-round cooler, its fan on the pump is able to cool around the processor socket, and at this point it has a clear advantage over other ready-made liquid coolers.