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The Intel Core i9-12900K is a powerful and impressive processor. With 16 cores and 24 threads, it can push our computing experience to the next level. However, this powerful weapon has a high power consumption of 240 watts or more. This is why choosing a matching cooler is all the more important right now.

To deal with the higher power consumption of Intel Core i9-12900K, a powerful AIO liquid cooler is strongly recommended, especially if your system is used for content creation or gaming. MSI's MEG CORELIQUID S Series provides excellent heat dissipation and is equipped with silent fans on the radiator. It can handle heat dissipation and keep it quiet at the same time. We tested some software and games to see how the MEG CORELIQUID S series is working with Intel Core i9-12900K.

Keep Your Core i9-12900K Temperature Below 70°C

In this test, we used popular content-creating software like “Blender”, “Adobe Premiere Pro”, and some 3A games for testing. From the test results, we can see that under high workload rendering or when running 3A games, the CPU temperature is approximately under 70°C. In conclusion, we found MEG CORELIQUID S Series to be capable of handling the heat generated by Intel Core I9-12900K.

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

Experience the Ultimate Content Creating Environment

For content creating software, we used Blender as rendering test software. In the rendering scenario, we found that with such a core heavy workload, high usage of CPU, and CPU package power is up to 200W, and the MEG CCORELIQUID S360 is well controlled the temperature under 68°C. The MEG CORELIQUID S280 also managed to hold the temperature at 73°C. It can be found the MEG CORELQIUID S Series can exert excellent heat dissipation capacity in rendering uses.

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

Followed by Adobe Premiere Pro process 4K editing as shown in the chart below, it can be observed that in the 4K editing process there's a max and min power consumption gap, however, the CPU power approximately maintains 147W while under heavy loading. The MEG CORELIQUID S360/MEG CORELIQUID S280 both keep the CPU temperature under 60°C. With such a good heat dissipation performance, the users no longer need to worry about CPU under-clocking due to overheating.

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

Enjoy Your Happy Gaming Time With Low CPU Temperature.

For the game test, we selected 4 games -Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Battlefield 2042, Far Cry 6, Cyberpunk 2077.

As shown in the chart below, we can find see that the highest temperature of the 4 games does not exceed 60°C.

Under such conditions, it can be shown that the Intel Core i9-12900k with MEG CORELIQUID S Series can provide gamers with an excellent gaming experience.

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

Thermal Paste Contact Matters

Throughout all the tests, it can be found that MSI's MEG CORELIQUIDS S Series can provide excellent heat dissipation to the Intel Core i9-12900K. Scenarios like creative rendering, software edits, and running the latest 3A games on the market, Intel Core i9-12900K enjoy good temperature management under 75°C.

Such test results not only rely on the radiator's capability but also the excellent heat transfer of the cooler. From the photos, it can be seen that the CPU thermal paste is perfectly covered so that all the heat can be transferred properly.

MEG CCORELIQUID S360

MEG CCORELIQUID S280

intel core i9-12900k

Test Configuration

MEG CORELIQUID S360/MEG CORELIQUID S280

MEG CORELIQUID S360/MEG CORELIQUID S280

Key Features

• 3 x 120 mm MEG SILENT GALE P12 Fan
• 2 x 140 mm MEG SILENT GALE P14 Fan
• 2.4” Customizable IPS Display
• 60mm fan placed within the water block