|Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 17 March 2009|
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The Korean company Thermolab has been inside the cooling industry for many years, however it wasn't until the end of 2008 that they finally offered their first performance cooling product: BARAM. The name means 'airflow' in Korean, and Thermolab intends for this CPU cooler to be a favorite among overclockers because of its five-rod heat-pipe design and densely packed heatsink fins.
The five heat-pipe rods alternate between three different positions in the fin-sink, allowing for a staggered cooling effect from attached fans. Additionally, the fins are staggered by design, and alternate the exposed edges with each layer. A bolt-through kit ensure the mounting pressure between the cooler and processor delivers the most efficient transfer of thermal energy possible, but also requires motherboard removal for installation.
Benchmark Reviews has tested the Thermolab BARAM with both the included 120mm cooling fan and a high-output Yate Loon D12SH-12 (88 CFM @ 40 dbA) for comparison.
About Thermolab Co., Ltd.
Thermolab is a thermal-management technology company operating from Korea. They have patents and products going as far back as 2003, but many of their applications are ODM/OEM specific and do not see end-user interface.
In 2008, Thermolab introduced the BARAM CPU cooler for overclocking enthusiasts, which was made for the Intel LGA775 and LGA1366 sockets, and the AMD AM2 interface.