Thermolab Baram CPU Cooler ReviewTue, Mar 10, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Installing the Baram
Thermolab includes all the mounting hardware to mount the cooler to your favorite CPU socket. They also include a small tube of thermal grease and enough spring clips to mount two fans to the Baram. Now, our sample does not have the current mounting hardware system for the Baram. Thermolab now uses a single universal bracket and will accommodate the new Intel LGA1366 socket. Our kit does not so we will be testing it on our Intel Q6600 test platform.
Since the Baram doesn’t come with a fan, but says on the box and in the instructions you need to use one, I will be using a single Noctua NF-P12 fan.
The mounting system that came with the Baram is not the most user friendly design. It is the same mounting system used on the Nano and Micro Silencer coolers, and worked ok for the smaller low profile coolers, but coupled with the tall Baram it’s a royal pain without an extra set of hands or at least a good magnetic tip screwdriver and a load of patience. The top part of the mount is spring steel and the screws go through the backing plate into the top. To start the screws you need to compress the top slightly; this is where the extra hands are nice. Once started, you can tighten all the screws. Looking at Thermolab’s website, the install diagrams for the Baram now show the new mounting bracket design and it looks WAY more user friendly.
With the Bram installed into the test system the cooler fits quite well and cleared all the motherboard components nicely.