System Construction in Kolink Horizon
Now we come to system installation. As hardware I 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. An HD 7850 2GB from Asus is responsible for the image output. The power supply does the non-modular be quiet! pure power with 400W. In order to improve the wiring optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks were used.
The installation of all components was completed quickly due to the generously designed interior and can also be carried out easily with large hands. When installing hardware, the buyer almost doesn’t have to worry about whether an appropriate part fits or not. However, this does not apply to CPU coolers. With a maximum possible height of 155 mm, the selection is limited to a whole piece. High-end coolers such as the Dark Rock Pro 4 therefore do not fit into the Horizon.
The cabling was also a little tighter. The power supply cover and the well placed openings let the system look neat from the front, but at the back it was a bit tricky to mount the side part again. Stacking the cables is not possible and you should consider exactly where which cables can be routed. Fortunately, the side part has a bulge, otherwise it would probably have been impossible to mount the sidepanel again.
For tool-free mounting of 3,5″-HDDs in the hard disk cage, the two supplied hard disk frames made of simple plastic are used. Considering the price of the Horizon, however, the material quality is marginal and the buyer also has to completely dispense with decoupling. Of course, this is also reflected during operation in certain vibrations, which are transmitted to the entire housing. For SSDs, there are a total of three mounting options. An SSD can be mounted or presented above the power supply cover using the supplied frame. Two further 2.5″ devices find a place on the back of the mainboard tray and are screwed directly to the body.
The four pre-installed case fans are directly supplied with power via the control board. Since there is no PWM connection on the board, the fans rotate permanently at a speed (estimated between 1200 and 1500 rpm) and are therefore clearly audible. Silent fans would have to replace the board and fan completely.
Finally, we come to the temperatures that were reached in the horizon. During the load test, Prime95 and FurMark were carried out for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 18 °C. The test was carried out at a temperature of 15 °C. The test was performed at a temperature of 18 °C. In addition, this test was carried out in two different variants:
Version 1: all fans on 100%, front panel mounted
Version 2: all fans set to 100%, front panel dismantled
The following graphic shows the temperatures for CPU and GPU after 15 minutes.
As you can clearly see, the temperatures without the installed front panel are about 10 °C and thus significantly lower. This strongly indicates that the small side ventilation openings are not sufficient to supply all the fans with fresh air. So Kolink definitely put optics before performance here and that takes its revenge on the temperatures. What a shame!
Lighting Options in the Kolink Horizon
The Kolink Horizon comes ex works with four pre-installed RGB fans and a corresponding control board, which can be operated via a button on the I/O panel or with the remote control supplied. A connection with an RGB-capable motherboard cannot be established and therefore the LEDs are not controllable by an installed software. Nevertheless, many different modes can be set, e.g. monochrome, pulsating, propeller or rainbow. Another negative point is the absence of standardized connections. So the board and accordingly the fans don’t have any common connectors, but a 6-pin plug, which you won’t find in this form at any other manufacturer. Unfortunately there are currently no further accessories or additional fans available from the manufacturer.
Finally we would like to present you some color impressions of the activated lighting.