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The South Korean ThermoLab Co., Ltd founded in the far-away 2003 is not very well-known yet in the cooling solutions market. The company’s primary focus was on research and development, consumer electronics and server coolers, as well as patenting their own inventions. However, they didn’t pay much attention to PC components cooling.

Finally, having created sufficient base, ThermoLab launched two small cooling solutions in 2008: “Nano Silencer” and “Micro Silencer”. They couldn’t boast any outstanding features that could distinguish them among a great variety of coolers already available in this market. However, it was merely a prelude to the arrival of a cooler called “BARAM”, which translates from Korean as “air flow”. The modestly looking cooler boasted a very ambitious specification, namely they claimed that ThermoLab BARAM could cope with up to 250W CPUs! Even the best cooling solutions out there deal with considerably lower numbers (180-200 W), that is why these ambitious claims from a not very known manufacturer make the new cooler even more interesting to us. So, let’s find out if the new cooler is as good as they say it is.

Package and Accessories

The new cooler arrives in a small box designed in the best traditions of Thermalright Company. If you are not very familiar with the Thermalright products, I will have to explain: Thermalright cooling solutions have long been shipping in unimpressive brown boxes with minimum information on them. ThermoLab BARAM is also shipped in a box with ascetically simple design:

One side of the box translates the “BARAM” from the Korean and indicates where the cooler was made. The other side lists all supported processor sockets and mentions the cooler dimensions:

There are two sections inside the box. The heatsink sits in the larger one, while the bundled accessories lie in the small one:

  • Backplate for LGA775 mainboards;
  • Backplate for Socket AM2(+) mainboards;
  • Two steel retention plates for LGA775 mainboards;
  • Two retentions for Socket AM2(+) mainboards;
  • Several sets of screws;
  • Four retention wire clips for two fans;
  • A syringe with TL5-H thermal compound (W/m*K);
  • Installation instructions (not on the photo above).

The cooler we received doesn’t have retention for the new LGA1366 platform for the getting more and more popular Core i7 processor, however, the appropriate retention kits will most likely be available separately or will come bundled with the cooler by default later on. All well-known cooling solutions makers have already solved this problem one way or another. Another drawback, though less serious one, is the absence of silicon shock absorbing fan strips among the cooler accessories that we have already seen by solutions from Noctua or Thermalright, for instance. Note that ThermoLab BARAM comes without any fans.

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