Thermolab Baram CPU Cooler Review

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The Test System

Legit Reviews Core2 Test Bench

To test the Baram, we ran it on our Intel Core 2 Quad test platform, which was then run at default and overclocked settings. As a baseline all coolers will be compared to the stock Intel cooler; we will also compare it to the other recently tested air coolers. All of the temperatures were obtained by using Core Temp 0.95 after sitting at idle for 30 minutes and then again under 100% load for 30 minutes. To obtain 100% load, I ran four instances of Super Pi 32m calculation with the affinity of each set to a different core. I used two profiles to test all of the coolers, and they are listed below. The room temperature was kept a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22c) for all benchmarking. All of the coolers were tested with Arctic Silver Lumiere as the thermal interface material.

The Intel LGA 775 Test platform:

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6660

Motherboard

Intel 975XBX2

Memory

Kingston HyperX PC2-9200

Video Card

ATI Radeon X1950

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar 250GB

Case

Ultra M998

Power Supply

PCP&C Silencer 750 Quad

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

     

Profile 1: The Normal User (No Overclocking)

  • CPU Multiplier: 9x
  • CPU voltage: 1.2000V
  • FSB Voltage: 1.20V
  • FSB: 1066MHz
  • Memory Voltage: 2.20V
  • Final CPU Frequency: 2.4GHz

Profile 2: The Average Enthusiast (Mild Overclocking)

  • CPU Multiplier: 9x
  • CPU voltage: 1.435V
  • FSB Voltage: 1.30V
  • FSB: 1336MHz
  • Memory Voltage: 2.24V
  • Final CPU Frequency: 3.0GHz
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