- Graphic Card(s)
Elegant look and spacious interior: The Midi-Tower Kolink Bastion combines functionality with a reserved yet chic exterior. Beneath the tempered glass side door, the Midi Tower is decorated with an RGB LED strip, its colors are discreetly illuminated behind a strip of acrylic milk glass. The color scheme is complemented by a rear fan with digitally addressable RGB LEDs. A switch on the I/O panel controls the lighting. The spacious interior is packed with powerful hardware. A fine mesh with integrated dust filter on the top provides a proper ventilation.
The features of the Kolink Bastion Midi-Tower at a glance:
chic midi tower for motherboards up to E-ATX format
side part made of tempered glass with hinges
subtle digitally addressable RGB lighting on the power supply cover
a pre-installed 120 mm rear fan with digitally addressable RGB LEDs
up to five 120 mm and two 140 mm fans possible in total
room for graphics cards up to 370 mm, CPU cooler up to 160 mm
I/O panel with control for RGB LEDs, 1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0
Lots of space for gaming hardware at Kolink Bastion
Although the exterior dimensions are similar to a midi tower, the bastion, with its sophisticated design, is designed to accommodate a motherboard even in E-ATX format. Even enough space for graphics cards with 370 millimeters to the front. With 160 millimeters, there is enough space for common CPU coolers. A cover hides the power adapter and HDD cage, which can accommodate either two 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch drives. Two 2.5-inch SSDs can be attached to the back of the motherboard bracket.
Those who rely on air cooling will find enough slots for 120-millimeter fans. Two 120-millimeter fans can be attached to the power supply cover, while a removable air filter under the power supply ensures dust-free operation. Either two 120 mm or two 140 mm fans can be attached to the lid. The lid is provided with a mesh, which lets the air flow through almost unhindered. Again, a dust filter ensures that the hardware inside does not have to be constantly cleaned. At the back, a powerful 120-millimeter fan already uses the available slot. The pre-installed fan is also equipped with a digitally controllable RGB LED lighting. Of course, instead of the fans adequate radiators can be installed.
Tempered glass and RGB LEDs highlight the hardware in a proper way
Even the motherboard tray is a real eye-catcher. Instead of boring quads and rectangles, for example, the recess behind the mainboard can be seen in form of a trapezoid. Well-placed feedthroughs and terminals allow for sophisticated cable management. The chic interior can be admired through a tempered glass side door, which can also be lifted out of the hinges. A strip of digitally addressable RGB LEDs is placed at the front of the power supply cover. A cover made of acrylic milk glass ensures a subtle light scattering. Its control and light effects are handled by a switch on the I/O panel.
The lighting on the pre-installed fan is also via a corresponding 3-pin connector (5VDG). Both can be connected to the two slots on the controller of the I/O panel. The fan also has a 3-pin socket to which other RGB components can be connected. Alternatively, the strip and fan can be connected to a corresponding 3-pin connector on the mainboard and is controlled via the software of the mainboard. This way the RGB switch on the I/O panel can be used as a reset button. In addition to the RGB/Reset switch, there is also a USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 slots, as well as 3.5mm jacks for headphone and microphone, and a power and HDD LED.
Dimensions (H x W x D): 482 x 200 x 397 mm
Material: steel, tempered glass, plastic
Weight: approx. 5.9 kg
Form factor: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Total possible fan:
2x 120/140 mm (cover)
2x 120 mm (power supply cover)
1x 120 mm (back)
1x 120 mm back
1x 240/280 mm (cover)
1x 240 mm (power supply cover)
1x 120 mm (back)
Filter: cover, bottom
2x 3.5 / 2.5 inches (internal, HDD cage)
2x 2.5 inches (internal, mainboard tray)
Power supply: 1x standard ATX (optional)
Expansion Slots: 7
I / O panel:
2x USB 2.0 (internal connection)
1x USB 3.0 (internal connection)
1x each audio in / out
1x RGB / reset switch
Maximum graphics card length: 370 mm
Maximum CPU cooler height: 160 mm
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 Prime A520M-A, socket AMD AM4, chipset AMD A520, RAM 4x DDR4 DIMM, dual PC4-38400U/DDR4-4800 (OC), max. 128GB (UDIMM), expansion slots 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x M.2/M-Key (PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, 22110/2280/2260/2242), external connections 1x VGA (iGPU), 1x DVI-D (iGPU), 1x HDMI 2.1 (iGPU ), 4x USB-A 3.0 (5Gb/s), 2x USB-A 2.0 (480Mb/s), 1x Gb LAN (Realtek RTL8111H), 3x jack, 1x PS/2 combo, Audio 7.1 (Realtek ALC887) , Orange lighting, 1 zone (audio signal path), special features Audio+solid capacitors, ECC support, Onboard TPM 2.0 support (AMD fTPM).
ASUS Prime series is expertly engineered to unleash the full potential of 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen platform. Boasting a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions and intelligent tuning options, Prime A520 series motherboards provide daily users and DIY PC builders a range of performance tuning options via intuitive software and firmware features.
Tune It Your Way
Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS Prime series. The Prime A520 motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling you to tweak performance settings to perfectly match the way you work – maximizing your productivity.
Cooler by Design
PRIME A520M-A is engineered with an array of hybrid fan headers and features comprehensive cooling controls that are configurable via Fan Xpert 2+ software or via the UEFI BIOS, ensuring your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads. Each header can dynamically reference three thermal sensors. Fan Xpert 2+ allows you to map the temperature of supported graphics cards to optimize cooling for GPU- and CPU-intensive tasks.
Build on a Solid Foundation
Prime A520 motherboard provides all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible transfer options.
PCIe 3.0 M.2 (up to 32 Gbps)
M.2 slot supports up to 22110 and data-transfer speeds of up to 32 Gbps via x4 PCI Express 3.0 bandwidth. It‘s the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, providing fast access to data.
Little Things Make a Big Difference
Prime A520 series adds the nuanced details that improve every experience, from exclusive codecs that provide pristine audio quality to intuitive interface that let you customize your system to create a uniquely personal look.
KFA2 GeForce RTX 3050 EX (1-Click OC), 8GB GDDR6, connections 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a, chip GA106-150-A1 "Ampere", 20SM, 276mm², chip clock 1552MHz, Boost: 1837MHz (OC Mode), Memory 8GB GDDR6, 1750MHz, 14Gbps (14000MHz effective), 128bit, 224GB/s, shader units/TMUs/ROPs 2560/80/48, cooling 2x axial fans (90mm) (RGB illuminated), special features real-time raytracing, raytracing cores (20), tensor cores (80), NVIDIA G-Sync, NVIDIA VR-Ready, AV1 Decode , HDCP 2.3, 0dB zero fan mode, backplate, LED lighting (RGB), boost clock overclocked (+60MHz), interface PCIe 4.0 x16 (x8), computing power 9.4 TFLOPS (FP32), 147 GFLOPS (FP64), DirectX 12 Ultimate (12_2), OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 3.0, Vulkan 1.2, shader model 6.6.
The GeForce RTX 3050 8GB is Nvidia's new entry-level gaming graphics card with amps. In the test, the graphics card proves to be a good all-rounder with all the well-known Ampere properties without any real weaknesses.
The GeForce RTX 3050 offers 34 percent higher performance than its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 1650 Super, and the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is also just beaten. The GeForce RTX 2060, on the other hand, is not reached and the distance to the GeForce RTX 3060 and Radeon RX 6600 remains noticeable. Nevertheless, the graphics card guarantees smooth gaming in 1,920 × 1,080 in every game. In AAA titles, it is sometimes necessary to reduce the graphic details a bit, but there will always be smooth frame rates. On the other hand, it is sometimes not enough for full details in AAA games, but this is not a problem in e-sports or casual games.
With the GeForce RTX 3050, Nvidia is bringing RT and tensor cores and thus ray tracing and DLSS to the entry-level segment for the first time. However, ray tracing comes with limitations. If a game delivers a very high frame rate in rasterizer mode, ray tracing is not a problem. But many RT titles place high demands on the GPU and then the RTX 3050 quickly runs out of breath. Nvidia lists DLSS as the tool of choice and the FPS can undoubtedly be increased with it. In Full HD, however, even DLSS on "Quality" does not manage to reconstruct the quality of native FHD. Then ray tracing makes the graphics more beautiful, while DLSS makes them less beautiful. If you really want to use ray tracing, you should definitely go at least one performance class above it.
Of the custom designs tested, the KFA2 GeForce RTX 3050 EX OC stands out positively. Not because of the inherently higher clock rates, which bring a little more performance. But the cooler simply does a good job and keeps the graphics card cool and quiet at the same time.
SEASONIC B12 BC 750W, ATX, fan 120mm, fixed cable management, connectors 1x 20/24-pin, 2x 4/8-pin ATX12V, 4x 6/8-pin PCIe, 6x SATA, 3x IDE, certificates 80 PLUS, Dimensions (WxHxD) 150x86x140mm, manufacturer's guarantee 5 years, +3.3V, 15A, +5V, 15A, +12V, 62A, -12V, 0.3A, +5Vsb, 2.5A, number of 12V rails 1, PFC active, special features ErP solder 6.
The B12 BC Series is available in the standard ATX form factor and wattages most commonly used for a PC system. The Seasonic B12 BC achieves the 80 PLUS® Bronze standard with at least 82%, 85% and 82% energy consumption efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% operating load respectively.
This efficiency, combined with Active Power Factor Correction, allows the B12 BC Series power supplies to reduce energy wastage, resulting in energy cost savings for users.
As well as being extremely efficient, the B12 BC units utilize LLC resonant converter design and industry-leading Smart and Silent Fan Control (S2FC).
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!
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI-D
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (blue) Type-A
2 x USB 2.0
3 x Audio jack(s)
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.
HI-TECH anti-cucumber guarantee (already included in full when purchasing a HI-TECH PC and / or notebook)
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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