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ThermoLab Baram 2010 Review

ajmatson    -   June 14, 2010
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $40.00
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Introduction:

Cooling is a big issue to consider when running a high end system. With the speeds of today's processors, a system builder needs to choose the correct cooling solution based on their system needs and the point to which they want to push their computers. There are many different cooling methods in use today such as water cooling, phase change, and the tried but true air cooling. Air coolers used to be frowned upon when overclocking a computer to the extremes but as times have changed so has the design and the shape of these copper and aluminum monstrosities.

With many models and manufacturers of air coolers it is hard to choose which one is right. There are so many factors you need to consider including thermal design, shape, and socket compatibility to name a few. One manufacturer that is in the business of keeping your components cool is ThermoLab and they are bringing to the table a redesign of one of their popular coolers the Baram 2010. Baram in Korean means "airflow" which is what this cooler is designed for, to maximize the airflow and in turn increasing efficiency. Without wasting any more time let's get a good look into the design of this air cooler.

 

Closer Look:

The ThermoLab Baram 2010 comes packaged in a black box with a picture of the cooler on the front allowing you to see what you are buying without having to open it. Also on the front for quick view is a list of the sockets that the Baram supports. If you flip the package to the left side there is a list of the features and specifications for the Baram cooler which we will show you later in the review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the box gives you a view of how well the Baram is packed up to keep it safe. ThermoLab uses a large cardboard cutout that wraps around the cooler keeping it still during movement. This package design makes protecting the cooler the top priority and does away with the need for foam which costs more and is harder to recycle than the cardboard. Once everything is removed from the box we can see what is included. In addition to the cooler there is an installation guide, the retention brackets, and some thermal paste. The Baram 2010 supports a wide array of CPU platforms including Intel's socket 775, 1156, 1366 and AMD's socket AM2, AM2+ and AM3.

 

 

Now that everything is out of the box we can get a close look at the cooler itself.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specfications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Conclusion
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