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Kolink Citadel Review – Classic Mini Tower with Plenty of Space

System Construction in Kolink Citadel

Now we come to system installation. As hardware we use a Intel Xeon 1230v3 on a Gigabyte H87M-D3H with 16GB RAM. The Xeon is represented by a LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120 cooled. A GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabte AORUS is responsible for the image output. The power supply does the non-modular be quiet! Pure Power with 400W. In order to enhance the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks.

The installation and wiring of the test system was quickly completed due to the good space conditions and the pre-installed spacers. Also with the selection of components one must make oneself as a buyer almost no thoughts. The Citadel supports CPU coolers up to 162 mm in height and graphics cards up to 350 mm in length. In addition, one could also place a 240 mm radiator in the lid or the front if required. However, a radiator in the front limits the length of the graphics card accordingly.

On the back side there is approx. 20 mm space to store numerous cables. In combination with the power supply cover and the well-placed cable management openings, this leads to a neat end result, at least on the front side. However, you should not use cable extensions in this housing. The side part can still be closed, but all areas under the cover are stuffed with cables.

Rear – Cable management

A small point of criticism of the Kolink Citadel is the assembly of the data carriers. For mounting, two special screws with rubber decouplers are attached to the left side of the data carrier. The hard disk is then pushed into the cage and a knurled screw on the right side prevents it from falling out. Despite the decouplers, the HDD on the right touches the steel directly. This leads to an unpleasant transmission of vibrations. Since SSDs are too small for the cage, they can only be attached to the mainboard tray. Suitable cable management openings are available for this purpose.

The pre-installed fans have a frame width of 120 mm, rotate at a maximum of 1200 rpm and are connected to the mainboard via a 3-pin connector. At full speed, air is moved noticeably, but the fans are also audible. There is no vacuum cleaner under the table, but silent fans have to replace the fans because of the bearing noises.

Finally, we come to the temperatures that were reached in the Citadel. During the load test, Prime95 and FurMark were carried out for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 17 °C. The test was carried out at a temperature of 17 °C. In addition, this test was carried out in two different variants (with front panel and without front panel).

Scenario
Temperature
with front panel
CPU: 50%.
Housing: 100%
CPU: 64
GPU: 66
without front panel
CPU: 50%.
Housing: 100%
CPU: 57
GPU: 59

Without the front panel, the temperatures for both components drop by 7°C. This strongly suggests that the fan is limited by the one-sided mesh element and cannot fully exploit its potential. A further mesh element on the right side of the front panel would have probably led to better results.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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