System Construction in Kolink Nimbus
Now we come to system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-2666. The Scythe Shuriken 3 takes over the cooling of the processor. For the image output a GTX 1060 6GB by Gigabte AORUS is responsible. The power supply does the non-modular Berlin Pro RGB 650W with RGB fan. In order to enhance the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks.
The installation and cabling of the test system was completed quickly despite the compact design. The spacers are pre-installed, but were intended for the assembly of µATX mainboards. When unscrewing and checking the enclosed screws, we also noticed that the manufacturer only included eight spacers. Thus, one mounting point has to remain unmounted. In addition, both the threads and the mounting points are painted. Thus, screwing in was only possible with pliers or a special screwdriver attachment.
When selecting components, on the other hand, buyers hardly have to worry about anything. The Nimbus supports CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height and graphics cards up to 325 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. Only with the power supply a maximum of 160 mm is possible if the hard disk frame is to remain in the lower area.
On the back side there is about 20 mm space available to store numerous cables. In combination with the power supply cover and the well-placed cable management openings, this leads to a neat overall result. Even the additional cable extensions can be easily stowed under the cover.
The assembly of data carriers requires a screwdriver, but is very simple. Two large 3.5″ hard disks can be accommodated in the cage below the cover. The rubber rings allow the cage to be easily pulled out, fitted with 3.5″ hard disks and pushed back again. The HDDs are fastened using four conventional screws. The decoupling effect is OK. SSDs are placed directly on the tray to the right of the mainboard. This also covers two of the three cable management openings and can no longer be used. This could make the wiring of all components much more difficult.
The pre-installed fan has a frame width of 120 mm, rotates at approx. 1000 rpm and is connected to the mainboard via a 3-pin connector. At full speed, the fan moves air well and can only be heard to a limited extent from the system. For a pre-installed fan, this one does quite well.
Finally, we come to the temperatures that were reached in the Nimbus. During the load test, Prime95 and FurMark were run for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 18 °C. The test was carried out at a temperature of 18 °C, and the temperature of the room was very low. In addition, this test was carried out in two different variants (case fan to 100% and to 50%).
|CPU: 50% (900 rpm) |
Housing: 100% (1050 rpm)
|CPU: 55 °C |
GPU: 63 °C
|CPU: 50% (900 rpm) |
Housing: 50% (700 rpm)
|CPU: 59 °C |
GPU: 65 °C
Even with only one pre-installed fan, good temperatures are achieved with the components. The large openings in the front and in the lid are particularly noticeable here. Even with stronger hardware there should be no problems with additional fans.
Lighting Options in the Kolink Nimbus
In comparison to the Kolink Horizon or Levante, the manufacturer does without RGB fans in the Nimbus and uses an attractive RGB element with a total of 37 RGB LEDs in the front. A milky white plastic frame distributes the light evenly and does not appear aggressive. Control is via a small circuit board installed in the front element. In addition to the switch in the I/O panel, the LEDs can also be addressed digitally via software. For this purpose, the board has 3-pin connectors for mainboard control via the 5V connector. Finally we’ll give you some impressions how the lighting looks like in action.