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With the Midi-Tower Refine, the manufacturer Kolink, now renowned for its innovative and high-performance cases, once again presents a feature-rich gaming case that offers plenty of space for powerful hardware behind its chic exterior. A powerful gaming setup based on an E-ATX mainboard can be admired through a side door made of tempered glass, and a power supply cover hides unsightly cable clutter. The brushed aluminum front underlines the chic exterior, which is accentuated by a digitally addressable RGB LED strip placed on the side. The lighting can be controlled via a switch on the I/O panel. Alternatively, the strip can also be connected and controlled directly to a mainboard. And a fine mesh with integrated dust filter on the top ensures proper ventilation. A pre-installed 120mm fan provides adequate ventilation.
The features of the Kolink Refine Midi Tower at a glance:
- Chic midi tower for mainboards up to E-ATX format
- Tempered glass side panel with hinges
- Brushed aluminum front
- Subtle digitally addressable RGB lighting on the front
- A pre-installed 120mm fan at the rear
- Up to five 120mm and four 140mm fans possible in total
- Space for graphics cards up to 380 millimeters, CPU cooler up to 160 millimeters
- I/O panel with control for RGB LEDs, 1x USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0
Kolink Refine: Plenty of space for powerful gaming hardware
Even if the external dimensions correspond to a midi tower, thanks to its sophisticated design, the Refine is designed to even accommodate a mainboard in E-ATX format. With 380 millimeters to the front, there is also plenty of space for graphics cards. With 160 millimeters there is enough space for common CPU coolers. A cover hides the power supply and the HDD cage, in which either two 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch drives can be installed. Two 2.5-inch SSDs can be attached to the back of the mainboard bracket.
AMD Ryzen 3 4100 @ 4.00GHz, socket AM4, codename Renoir-X, cores 4, threads 8, base clock 3.80GHz, turbo clock 4.00GHz, SMT yes, memory controller Dual Channel PC4-25600U (DDR4-3200), free multiplier yes , CPU functions MMX(+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE4A, x86-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, AVX2, FMA3, SHA, TDP-down (45W), Zen 2 architecture, L2 cache 2MB (4x 512kB), L3 cache 4MB (1x 4MB), chipset interface PCIe 3.0 x4, PCIe lanes 24x PCIe 3.0 (16+4+4), memory max. 128GB, memory bandwidth 51.2GB/s.
As planned, AMD has released new processors to expand the range for the AM4 socket and also to counter Intel's socket 1200 and 1700 CPUs, which are very strong in terms of price-performance.
The processors have a memory connection suitable for DDR4-3200 RAM and a TDP of 65 watts. The Ryzen 3 4100 is also very interesting, since Intel offers very powerful CPUs for budget PCs with the current Core i3 models.
AMD Wraith CPU cooler. We've gone one better with a brand-new premium line of AMD Wraith Coolers for the AM4 platform and the advanced Ryzen processor. From the shallow Wraith Stealth to the high-end Wraith Prism, every Wraith Cooler offers virtually silent operation and excellent cooling performance. Plus, every 2nd and 3rd generation Ryzen 7 and 9 desktop processor features an AMD Wraith Cooler with color-configurable LED lighting, which makes your PC not only powerful, but also looks great. RGB colour control is available when using a compatible motherboard such as ASRock RGB LED, ASUS Aura sync, Biostar VIVID LED DJ, Gigabyte RGB Fusion or MSI Mystic Hell. Note: Not every AMD Wraith Cooler is equipped with user-controlled RGB lighting.
While Tower coolers create a stream of air parallel to the motherboard, which starts a few inches above it, Top Down blows directly onto the motherboard, where the air then spreads in all directions. Since modern mainboards do not require active cooling and case fans are usually mounted higher, this is the only airflow that can cool onboard components in the CPU environment - and tower coolers eliminate this effect, according to popular opinion.
Critical components are clearly the CPU voltage converter on the motherboard. These circuits reduce the 12 volts coming from the power supply to the desired supply voltage of the processor and, like all electrical components, operate with limited efficiency. Accurate measurements are very expensive, but typically there is a 15 to 30 percent greater current flow to the transducers than they are to the CPU - the rest is converted to heat at the voltage transformers.
The AMD Wraith Prism is the ultimate cooling solution from AMD for processors with air cooling. The Wraith Prism offers more than any cooling solution before: an RGB LED control around the light ring, transparent fan blades and colour control with dynamic rainbow effects. But the Wraith Prism is not only outwardly appealing. It also increased motherboard and RAM compatibility.
Note: the fans of the AMD Ryzen 3 and 5 series are not illuminated.
ASUS TUF Gaming A520M-Plus II, socket AMD AM4, chipset AMD A520, RAM 4x DDR4 DIMM, dual PC4-38400U/DDR4-4800 (OC), max. 128GB, expansion slots 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x M.2/M-Key (PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, 2280/2260/2242), external connections 1x VGA (iGPU), 1x HDMI 2.1 (iGPU), 1x DisplayPort 1.2 (iGPU), 4x USB A 3.0 (5Gb/s), 2x USB-A 2.0 (480Mb/s), 1x Gb LAN, 3x jack, 1x PS/2 combo, internal connections 1x USB 3.0 header (5Gb/s, 2x USB 3.0 ), 2x USB 2.0 header (480Mb/s, 4x USB 2.0), 4x SATA 6Gb/s, 1x serial, 1x TPM header, 1x S/PDIF header, 1x speaker header Header cooling 1x CPU fan 4-pin, 2x fan 4-pin, header lighting 2x 4-pin RGB (+12V/G/R/B, max. 3A), 2x 3-pin ARGB (+5V/ DATA/GND, max. 3A, ASUS Gen2), Buttons/Switches USB BIOS Flashback (external), Audio 7.1, RGB lighting, 1 zone (right accent), special features Audio+solid capacitors, ECC support, onboard TPM 2.0 Support (AMD fTPM).
DURABLE. STABLE. RELIABLE.
TUF Gaming A520M-Plus II distills essential elements of the latest AMD platform and combines them with game-ready features and proven durability. Engineered with military-grade components, an upgraded power solution and a comprehensive set of cooling options, this motherboard delivers rock-solid performance with unwavering gaming stability.
When you build with a TUF Gaming motherboard, you also benefit from the TUF Gaming Alliance — an ASUS collaboration with trusted industry partners that ensures easier building, best compatibility, and complementary aesthetics from components to case.
With upgraded power delivery and comprehensive cooling options to fuel the latest AMD Ryzen CPUs, plus support for faster memory, TUF Gaming A520M-Plus II is the perfect foundation for your next high-core-count battle rig.
TUF GAMING A520M-Plus II provides a complete, high-performance gaming package with a long list of features to improve your experience, including ultrafast networking for smoother online gameplay and onboard RGB lighting that syncs with attached accessories to help you create a personalized gaming atmosphere.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 EX PLUS (1-Click OC), 4GB GDDR6 128-bit DP / HDMI / DVI-D, 128-bit, connections 1x DVI, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x DisplayPort 1.4a, chip TU116-300-A1 "Turing", chip clock 1410MHz, Boost: 1635MHz (OC Mode), memory 4GB GDDR6, 12000MHz, 128bit, 192GB / s, shader units / TMUs / ROPs 1280/88/48, cooling 2x axial fans (90mm ), Special features H.265 encode / decode, NVIDIA G-Sync, NVIDIA VR-Ready, backplate, HDCP 2.2, boost clock overclocked, interface PCIe 3.0 x16, DirectX 12.1, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1.103, Shader model 6.3.
The graphics card is a heavily upgraded version of the Geforce GTX 1650. The new model calculates about twice as fast as the older Geforce GTX 1050 and is roughly 50 percent faster than the previous Geforce GTX 1650.
The Geforce GTX 1650 Plus slides between the Geforce GTX 1650 and the Geforce GTX 1660, but is technically much closer to the big model. The TU117 chip used in the Geforce GTX 1650 has 1,024 shader units, of which Nvidia only uses 896, and a 128-bit interface with 4 GBit / s fast GDDR5 memory. The Geforce GTX 1660, on the other hand, uses the larger TU116 with 1,402 ALUs from 1,536 possible shaders, plus a 192-bit interface.
For the Geforce GTX 1650 Plus, Nvidia relies on this TU116 and unlocks 1,280 calculators of the existing cores. The memory bus remains 128 bits wide, but is combined with 6 GBit / s GDDR6. The Super variant has 43 percent more computing speed and a 50 percent higher data transfer rate, which leads to a significant increase in performance.
Benchmarks in 1,920 × 1,080
The GeForce GTX 1650 Plus gains significantly with the cropped TU116 instead of the fully active TU117 GPU. The new graphics card is 36 percent faster on average than the GeForce GTX 1650, which is a good jump. This brings the graphics card fairly close to the GeForce GTX 1660, which only remains 11 percent faster.
The comparison to the GeForce GTX 1060 is interesting because it has the same number of shader units and an identical memory bandwidth as the GeForce GTX 1650 Plus. This means that only the clock and - even more important - the performance differences per ALU between Pascal and Turing make the difference. In the adapted test course, the new graphics card works six percent faster than the old middle class. It's not quite enough for the Radeon RX 590, although the difference is only marginal percentage points.
In contrast, the GeForce GTX 1650 Plus has to give up a bit in the frame times. In our test, the super model is only one percent ahead of the GeForce GTX 1060, so the Radeon RX 580 suddenly cuts off at the same speed and the Radeon RX 590 is ten percent better.
With the GeForce GTX 1650 Plus, Nvidia's entry-level Turing significantly increases in performance as long as there is enough memory. The super version comes pretty close to the GeForce GTX 1660 and can usually handle Full HD well, even if the details need to be reduced occasionally. The graphics card is faster than a GeForce GTX 1060 on the go. But there is a disadvantage: The 4 GB of memory is too scarce in this class these days, so the most beautiful textures cannot always be called up.
FSP Hydro K Pro 750W ATX 2.52, fan 120mm, fixed cable management, connectors 2x 4/8-pin ATX12V, 4x 6/8-pin PCIe, 8x SATA, 2x IDE, 1x floppy, 1x 24-pin Average efficiency 88%, certificates 80 PLUS Bronze (manufacturer, 230V EU), +3.3V 20A +5V 20A +12V 62.5A -12V 0.3A +5Vsb 2.5A Number of 12V rails 1, PFC active, specification ATX 2.52, special features ErP Lot 6, supports Haswell C6/C7 low-power states, color black.
The new Hydro K PRO PSUs comply fully ATX12 v2.52 standard and the latest safety 62368 regulation as well and comes with high-grade ribbon cables, give your PC a polished look. The Hydro K PRO series is designed as a powerful single +12V rail that continually delivers maximum performance for the most demanding graphic cards, while FSP’s custom DC-DC design provides safety and power efficiency. Besides, with an 230V 80 Plus® rating, delivers over 88% high efficiency and low noise levels thanks to its hydraulic bearing fan design, where a large 120mm fan takes care of cooling duties when required, making it excellent for situations that are sensitive to size and noise.
Latest CPU ready
Global safety approved
Active PFC ≥ 0.9
High efficiency ≧ 88%
Powerful +12V single rail design
Hold up time ≥ 17ms @ 80% load
Double layer EMI filter
120mm hydraulic bearing (HYB) fan
+5V & 3.3V DC to DC module design
All black cables
Complete protections: OCP/OVP/OPP/SCP
MEGA Electronics Fastro MS150 SSD 512GB, Solid State Module (SSM) design, form factor M.2 2280, interface M.2/M-Key (PCIe 3.0 x4), reading 2400MB/s, writing 3200MB/s SLC-Cached, IOPS 4K read/write 240k/250k, memory modules 3D-NAND TLC, TBW 1.2PB, reliability forecast 1.5 million hours (MTBF), controller Silicon Motion SM2263XT, 4 channels, cache 2GB (DDR4), SLC cache, protocol NVMe 1.3, Power consumption 6W maximum.
Fastro MS150 SSD is a large storage solution that offers read/write speeds of up to 2,400MB/s / 3,200MB/s. That's 6 to 8 times faster than a SATA-based SSD and even 50 times faster than a traditional hard drive. The SSD works with high performance, lower heat and faster loading time. The efficient performance and the M.2 2280 design make the MS150 SSD ideal for slim notebooks and systems with limited space.
NVMe is leading the new standard for SSDs, and NVMe SSDs are designed to provide a range of storage solutions that are ideal for new PC builds, laptops/notebooks, and storage system upgrades. Improved systems and higher PC performance also mean better performance in software and applications such as 3D rendering, gaming and media creation.
TOSHIBA Harddisk 1TB, SATA 6Gb/s, Form factor: 3.5" • Drive: 7200rpm • Cache: 64MB • Power consumption: 6.4W (working), 2.2W (idle) • Volume: 26dB(A) (working), 25dB(A) (idle) • Specials: 4KB Sectors with Emulation.
The DT Desktop hard disk drive series provides 1TB capacity and features an innovative technology to deliver a greater level of power efficiency and quiet operation for energy-conscious, environmentally-friendly computers. With low power, high capacity and cool operation, these 3.5-inch (8.9 cm) drives offer a rotation speed of up to 5940 rpm and an interface transfer rate of 6 Gb/s. In addition, the DT Series uses Advanced Format technology to provide maximum error detection and more efficient use of the storage surface area.
No optical disc drive in the system!
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)
2 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x Type-A)
1 x BIOS FlashBack™ button
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI port
1 x D-Sub
1 x Realtek 1Gb Ethernet port
3 x Audio jacks
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port
Monitor connections can be found in the detailed description of “GRAPHIC CARD(S)”
Front ports of the PC / Cases can be found in the detailed description of „CASE“
No WLAN chosen!
The ultimate pleasure for your ears thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema.
MSI, the world's leader in motherboards and graphics cards has chosen Creative Sound Blaster Cinema audio technology for its new motherboard lineup. Sound Blaster is the leading brand in PC gaming audio and MSI is excited about the prospect of providing class-leading audio technology with its motherboards. Thanks to the Sound Blaster Cinema suite of audio technologies, gamers can enjoy upgraded surround sound through their stereo headphones, enhanced gaming sound effects and Smart Volume control for long gaming sessions.
When using Sound Blaster Cinema, gamers will be able to hear their opponents more clearly and easily while enjoying the competitive advantage of accurate positional audio to reveal the precise location of their opponents.
Sound Blaster Cinema
Armed with the technology of the biggest name in PC gaming audio, gamers can leverage Sound Blaster Cinema to get the best sound enhancements for today's games powered by Sound Blaster SBX Pro Studio technology. Each of the five technologies of SBX Pro Studio is focused on delivering a more immersive gaming experience:
-SBX Bass - SBX Bass technology dramatically improves the sound experience by expanding the low frequency tones
-SBX Crystalizer - Ensures that every audio detail is heard by restoring the "highs" and "lows" that are compromised with audio compression
-SBX Dialog Plus - SBX Dialog Plus intelligently enhances voices in games and moves for dramatically clearer dialog
-SBX Surround - Goes beyond 7.1 surround sound creating unprecedented levels of audio realism including stunning surround effects that produce virtual speakers around, above and below you
-SBX Smart Volume - Address the problem of abrupt volume level changes in games by intelligently applying gain and attenuation to deliver consistent volume levels
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, pre-installed with all necessary device drivers. Switch on and get started!
The launch of Windows 10 and the associated developments are among the most important market launches in Microsoft's corporate history. Windows 10 not only brings a new version of the operating system onto the market, Windows 10 enables a new platform generation:
"We want to ensure that we offer developers the largest and most vibrant user base for their applications," said Satya Nadella in his opening keynote at BUILD 2015 in San Francisco. Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries and 111 languages.
The browser is really new in Windows 10: Edge replaces Internet Explorer. The new browser doesn't just have the cooler name. It is also much faster. In almost all browser benchmarks, Edge depends on IE 11 from Windows 8.1. It can almost double its pace in Mozilla's Kraken benchmark. It looks the same in Google's Octane 2.0 test. Its pace remains roughly the same in the Sunspider test and the Peacekeeper benchmark. Conclusion: When it comes to the browser speed, Windows 10 with Edge catches up a lot. In Kraken and Octane, Edge overtakes the competition, in the Sunspider he stays ahead. The old conditions are only preserved in the Peacekeeper test.
Microsoft already shortened the start times of Windows extremely with Windows 8. If the computer is switched off using "Shut down", it does not switch itself off, but only goes into hibernation - from which it can wake up more quickly. Even with a real Katlstart or restart, Windows 8.1 is slightly slower: However, over time, Windows remembers the files that it needs for the start: The start time is shortened with repeated starts. After ten starts, the two operating systems were almost on par with 20 seconds (Windows 10) and 22 seconds (Windows 8.1).
Windows is actually getting faster and faster the older it gets: For most components, manufacturers are releasing ever more up-to-date drivers that accelerate the hardware. Windows feels like it is getting slower and slower: This is mostly due to the fact that the autostart folder is filling up with more and more entries, more and more tools are running in the background and more and more programs that are no longer used are littering the memory. The performance tests show hardly any difference between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Sometimes one system is faster, sometimes the other. But all the results are so closely related - with less than three percent difference - that no difference is noticeable in practice. This also applies to tests such as Cinebench R15, which primarily check the processor performance. Even if we repeated the tests several times, nothing changed: When saving and buffering frequently used files, nothing seems to have changed between Windows 8.1 and 10. Conclusion: When it comes to hardware performance, Windows 10 is as fast as Windows 8.1 - or vice versa. So that Windows 10 stays fast, the same rules apply as always with Windows: Install the latest drivers and keep the system clean.
Windows 10 comes with the new Direct X12 3D interface. DX12 is designed to allow game programmers to use the capabilities of the GPU more efficiently. Computers with less powerful graphics cards can also benefit from this and display graphically complex games more smoothly. At the moment, the potential of DX12 can only be demonstrated using synthetic benchmarks such as the API overhead test. Conclusion: Windows 10 has the potential to accelerate games on weaker systems thanks to the DX12. But the concrete results will only show games that use DX12. The first should appear at the end of the year.
Windows 10 lays a good foundation: the hardware manufacturers have to use this to tease out a performance plus with improved drivers. Or in the case of Direct X12 game programmers who use the capabilities of the new interface in games.
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a) Complete assembling of the PC system or notebook including serial number management
b) Optimization of the cabling between the individual PC components for the purpose of optimal air flow in the system
c) Optimization and performance enhancement of various hardware components (GraKa / CPU etc.)
d) Installation of the latest BIOS updates (motherboard, GraKa)
e) Complete configuration of the BIOS settings to provide the maximum performance and reliability of the PC system + storage of the settings in order to be able to reload them later (e.g. after changing the BIOS battery)
f) free hotline
g) 24-hour long-term test for quality control of the PC components
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Our perfectly configured high performance systems offer you the power that you need to win against all your opponents. Real graphics and extreme performance lead you into new dimensions of gaming. Independent journalists attest: our PCs and notebooks are a "masterpiece" (Ingame.de) and the "antithesis of the iMac" (Profil.at)
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