System Construction in Kolink Rocket Mini-ITX Housing
Of course, we didn’t just look at the case, we also installed hardware. We have installed the following components:
- Asus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming Mainboard
- AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor
- Kolink SFX-350 Power supply – 350 Watt
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB RAM – 16 GB, 3.000 MHz
- Crucial P1 500 GB SSD
- Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4G Graphics Card
As you can see from the components, we have not installed a high-end system in the Kolink Rocket. Stronger components would of course also generate more heat, which is difficult to cool in a small room – but not impossible. Especially with regard to the graphics card, there is still a lot of leeway, one only has to pay attention to the fact that the cooling rather goes into the length, instead of into the width.
With the width of the graphics card we already address the problem in the Kolink Rocket: It is small and therefore everything has to be mounted in a very small space. The installation of all components is therefore no more difficult than in a large housing, but you have to consider which components to install first.
The processor and its cooler must be installed on the mainboard before installation, because the mainboard tray does not have a cut-out for retrofitting the CPU cooler. This would also make little sense, as the PCIe riser cable for the graphics card is routed under the mainboard. This disturbs there a little, but the installation of the mainboard is not impossible. You just have to be careful that the PCIe riser cable does not block the 80mm fan in the lid, the best thing is to press it under the mainboard with a screwdriver after installing the mainboard.
Or you simply do without the 80 mm fan, because as expected our temperature measurements have shown that it hardly contributes to the cooling of the case. Instead, it is very loud with up to 3500 revolutions per minute and therefore disrupts operation.
The power supply unit is mounted directly behind the front. To do this, first remove a mounting slide from the housing, to which the power supply unit can then be screwed. Make sure that the power cable is inserted between the mounting slide and the power supply unit (there are notches for this), otherwise the mounting of the slide in the housing won’t work anymore.
If additional hard disks are to be used in addition to M.2 SSDs, two 2.5 inch data carriers can be mounted in the second bottom of the Kolink Rocket. Since these are not decoupled, SSDs should be used here, as rotating data carriers would disturb the sound backdrop.
Cables can be easily laid in the Kolink Rocket. There’s no way to hide them, though. However, this is not necessary due to the closed structure.
Temperatures of Processor & Graphics Card
Let us now come to the temperatures that we measured during operation. As already mentioned, an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and a Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 were used. To heat up the processor, the processor was loaded with Prime95 for 15 minutes, the graphics card with FurMark for 15 minutes. The temperature was then read out. The room temperature was about 20 degrees.
|AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler||79°C|
|AMD Wraith stealth cooler + 80mm case fan||77°C|
|Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 + 80 mm case fan||74°C|
|Cryorig C7 + 80 mm case fan||78°C|
As you can clearly see, the temperatures of the processor under load are clearly still in the green range. The Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 offers the best cooling of the tested low-profile coolers. It can also be observed that the 80 mm fan hardly contributes to cooling and can therefore remain deactivated with a clear conscience. Otherwise, as already mentioned, it is correspondingly loud with up to 3500 revolutions per minute and disturbs the sound of the PC.
|Measurement type||Temperature||Fan speed|
Due to the closed case, the graphics card could be cooled much worse, despite the many ventilation openings in the side panel. The fans had to turn faster, which is why the volume also increased. Nevertheless, the temperature is still fine and you don’t have to worry. A more powerful graphics card could also be installed.