Once reserved for hardcore enthusiasts, liquid cooling is quite common these days thanks to the continued refinement of self-contained, or all-in-one, kits. The one major knock of such kits is that they require a decent amount of real estate as the external radiator needs to be mounted to a preexisting exhaust fan port for optimal performance.

Cooler Master's latest CPU cooler eliminates this potential constraint by integrating the CPU block, pump, radiator and two 92mm fans into a single module that's no bigger than a standard tower-style air-cooled heatsink.

At 167.5mm tall (6.6 inches), the MasterLiquid Maker 92 is rather tall and may not fit in all cases. As a workaround, the radiator and fan assembly can be rotated from a vertical to horizontal position for installation in a shallow system or to better align with your overall case cooling profile.

It's certainly innovative but just how effective it'll be at keeping your CPU cool remains to be seen.

Interestingly enough, Cooler Master is limiting the cooler to Intel LGA 2011-v3 / 2011 / 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 sockets. It's unclear why mounting hardware isn't being made for AMD systems. Perhaps compatibility with AMD's upcoming Zen platform is in the works but not yet ready to announce? That's pure speculation on my part but I digress.

The fans used on the MasterLiquid Maker 92 are rated for 49.7 CFM @ 30 dBA with a MTTF rating of 350,000 hours. The kit itself is backed by a five year warranty, we're told.

Cooler Master will be offering a limited supply of MasterLiquid Maker 92 coolers for early bird pre-orders on August 30 on a first-come, first-serve basis (you'll need to register to apply). No word yet on how much it'll go for but expect it to arrive for all sometime next month.