In the end of April ThermoLab Co., Ltd that launched a very successful Baram cooler about a year and a half ago, decided to refresh this product by introducing a few constructive modifications. Baram-2010 is the new name of the flagship air-cooler by ThermoLab.
The new cooler comes in a not very large box with an image of the cooler on the front and a specification on one of the sides:
I have to remind you that the previous box looked less attractive. The cooler is bundled with a complete set of accessories for Baram-2010 installation on all contemporary platforms:
The new accessories bundle is also a little different from what the first Baram came with: now it includes a universal backplate, retention mounts and rubber rings for them, screw-nuts and a step-by-step installation guide in several languages. Although there were no principal changes in the installation procedure for the new Baram-2010. Thermal compound and four wire clips for the fans didn’t go anywhere. Just like its predecessor, Baram-2010 comes without a fan, so the users have to make their own fan choice. The cooler is made in South Korea and is priced at $50 MSRP.
At first glance it seems like nothing has changed: the same five copper heatpipes 6 mm in diameter spread out widely, the same aluminum plates with wave-shaped edges that are shifted away from one another:
Only the embossed “ThermoLab Baram” words on the heatsink plates make it visually different from the predecessor. Nevertheless, there are a few new things about this cooler. The most important change is the increased number of heatsink plates that is now 64 instead of 54. As a result, the effective heatsink surface size has increased from 7580 to 8900 cm2! And since the heatsink dimensions (132x67x160 mm) and plate thickness (0.45 mm) remained the same, you can easily guess that now the plates density has increased. And this is absolutely correct: the gaps between the heatsink plates have been made smaller: 1.6 mm instead of 2 mm. These heatsink modifications are obviously intended to ensure that medium- and high-speed fans will be used effectively with this heatsink. However, since Baram’s heatsink has been seriously optimized we may encounter some surprises at low fan speed as well. I would also like to add that the heatsink has become heavier and weighs 710 g instead of 625 g, which is still less than the weight of other manufacturers’ flagship solutions.
Besides, now the perfectly finished cooler base is not nickel-plated anymore:
Theoretically, the absence of nickel-plating can also increase the cooling efficiency a little bit more. Moreover, ThermoLab engineers mention higher precision contact between the base, the heatpipes going through it and the plate covering them at the top: they are all soldered together. As you understand, there is no way for us to check whether it is true, but it is extremely important for ensuring fast and even heat transfer from the processor heat-spreader to the cooler base.
The cooler base is impeccably flat, and the uneven imprint left by the thermal compound can be explained by the protuberant heat-spreader of our test processor, just like with Scythe Yasya:
ThermoLab Baram-2010 is compatible with all contemporary platforms. The cooler is fastened through the mainboard PCB using a universal retention plate. The retention of the new cooler has been modified to allow tool-free installation. Baram-2010 is tightened up using large screw-nuts:
Here ThermoLab specifically points out that the cooler is pressed against the processor with 20 kg of force, which is less than by other manufacturers’ solutions (45-62 kg), but sufficient for effective heat transfer. When you tighten the screw-nuts, you feel like they could be tightened a little more. The distance between the lowest heatsink plate and the mainboard PCB is 45 mm.
As we have already said, Baram-2010 comes with no fans, but you can attach the fans to the heatsink using two wire clips. There are no shock-absorbing strips included with the cooler.
This is all I could tell you about the new Baram-2010 before we get to test its cooling efficiency. Let’s move on to the next cooler.