Thermolab Baram CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅08-09-09
Test Setup
CPU - Intel Core i7 920 - 4.0ghz
RAM - 6GB (3x2GB) OCZ platinum DDR3 1333mhz
Motherboard - Biostar T-Power x58
Graphics card - Gainward 896MB GTX260 216
Power Supply - Enermax Revolution 85+ 850W
Hard Drive - Samsung F1 320GB
Western Digital Caviar WD3200AAKS 320GB
Drivers - ForceWare 185.66

CPU Coolers:

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
Thermolab Baram (with 2 Noctua NF-P12 fans)
CoolIT Domino A.L.C
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer

Program Suite:

Core Temp 0.99.5
LinX stress Test
PC Wizard

How I tested:

Testing will be based on temperatures recorded by Coretemp and PC wizard after 20 passes of LinX stress test. The absolute temperatures recorded in the tables are averages of the 4 cores and the delta value provided for a fair comparison, taking into account ambient temperatures. The test will be run at stock speed and at an overclocked speed of 4ghz.

Initial thoughts

When we first received the Thermolab Baram at the start of the year (quite a while ago now!), the mounting kit proved useless. Funnily enough, the bundle was pretty much the same as the one currently provided with the exception of the hand nuts. Instead, there were fixing bolts that were required to be screwed into the "smart clips" and into the back plate underneath. The problem was that these bolts never reached the back plate to secure the heatsink.

After a few iterations of mounting systems, Thermolab finally got it right and installation could not be any easier. For LGA1366, all that you have to do is screw the fixing bolts onto the back plate and feed it through the mounting holes and after installing the "smart clips" onto the heatsink, all that is left to do is to secure it down with the hand nuts. My only complaint is that the nuts could have been designed to be installed using a screw driver as is the case for the Noctua heatsink. For the installation instructions, check here.

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