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Thermolab Baram CPU Cooler Review
|Date:||Tue, Mar 10, 2009 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Over all, the Baram is a nice cooler. It’s well built and looks nice. It does have a couple of downsides, though. The mounting system is the biggest, but from the looks of Thermolab’s website, that has been fixed. The system worked well for Thermolab's low profile coolers, but was a little bit of a pain when paired up with the Baram. The second thing with the Baram was the fact that it doesn’t include a fan. The Baram carries an MSRP of around $50US, and for that price I would have liked to have seen it include a fan.
The performance of the Baram paired with the NF-P12 fan was good. The NF-P12 fan at 100% is only pushing around 35CFM. With a higher CFM fan you may be able to squeeze another degree or two out of the Baram. Also, for the cooler running Intel dual core CPU the Baram could very well be run as a passive cooler.
Thermolab is still relatively new to the mainstream cooler market. Their products are well built and show promise. Getting them, on the other hand, can be interesting for those in the states. Since Thermolab is relatively new they still do not have a US distributor. I spent a fair amount of time trying to find an etailer that had a Baram cooler in stock so I could see what the cooler was retailing for, but with no luck. With its MSRP of $50 there will be stiff competition with coolers like the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, which can be found for around $30 now.
Bottom Line: The Thermolab Baram is a good cooler, if you can find one. It also shows that the direction Thermolab is heading is a good one.
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Page 1 - The Thermolab Baram
Page 2 - Overall Impressions
Page 3 - Installing the Baram
Page 4 - The Test System
Page 5 - Temperature Testing
Page 6 - Final Thoughts