Kolink Continuum 1200 W Review 3

Kolink Continuum 1200 W Review

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Introduction

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We would like to thank Kolink for supplying the review sample.



Kolink used to mostly deal with coolers because it has strong ties with Noctua. However, a local branch of the company, named Kellytech, was sold to the Caseking group a couple years ago, so now, there are two Kolink companies, one based out of Taiwan and another out of Hungary. The first continues to deal with coolers while the latter offers cases, PSUs, cables, and various peripherals. You will find Kolink's products in Caseking's and Overclockers.co.uk's online stores since it is their house brand.

Kolink's flagship PSU offering is the Continuum 1200 W PSU, and it is based on a quite old Sirfa / High Power platform capable of offering 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency. With this product, the Hungarian company offers something different from the usual budget PSUs it tends to deal with, so it will be very interesting to check on the performance levels their Continuum PSU achieves. With twelve PCIe connectors in total, the KL-C1200PL can support up to six high-end VGAs, while its 135 mm fan uses blades with the golf-ball-effect surface and double ball bearings, which increases longevity. Another interesting feature of this PSU is the exclusive use of Japanese caps, which are much more reliable than Chinese-made caps. With a price close to €225, including 19% VAT, the KL-C1200PL surely isn't all that affordable even though it is still among the lower-priced Platinum 1.2 kW units, and its five-year warranty is definitely a promising sign.

Specifications

Kolink KL-C1200PL Features & Specs
Max. DC Output1200W
PFCActive PFC
Efficiency80 PLUS Platinum
ModularYes (fully)
Intel C6/C7 Power State SupportYes
Operating temperatureno info
ProtectionsOver Voltage Protection
Under Voltage Protection
Over Power Protection
Over Current Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Cooling135 mm Double Ball-Bearing Fan (RL4Z B1352512H)
Semi-passive operationNo
Dimensions150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 180 mm (D)
Weight2.1 kg
ComplianceATX12V v2.4, EPS 2.92
Warranty5 years
Price at time of review (exc. VAT)188.99€ or $201 (1€ = $1.0647)
As we already stated in the prologue, this unit is 80 PLUS Platinum certified and utilizes a fully modular cable design. Its protection features include all but the necessary OTP (Over Temperature Protection), which is a great shame, especially in a unit with such a high capacity. In the cooling section, we have a 135 mm fan with a couple ball-bearings, so it will last for quite a while. There is unfortunately no semi-passive mode, which could significantly lower the PSU's noise under light and moderate loads. The dimensions of the KL-C1200PL are normal considering its capacity, while the provided warranty is satisfactory at five years.

Kolink KL-C1200PL Power Specs
Rail3.3V5V12V5VSB-12V
Max. Power25A25A100A3A0.3A
130W1200W15W3.6W
Total Max. Power1200W
There is a single powerful +12V rail. The maximum combined power of the minor rails is enough for any modern system, but the 5VSB rail could be stronger, though it is confined to 3 A with most high-end PSUs. As you will see later in this review, the 5VSB rail can deliver much more if needed.

Cables & Connectors, Power Distribution

Modular Cables
DescriptionCable CountConnector Count (Total)Gauge
ATX connector 20+4 pin (600 mm)1118AWG
8 pin EPS12V (600 mm)1118AWG
4+4 pin EPS12V (600 mm)1118AWG
6+2 pin PCIe (600 mm+200 mm)61218AWG
SATA (400 mm+150 mm+150 mm+150 mm)2818AWG
4 pin Molex (450 mm+150 mm+150 mm+150 mm)2818AWG
A great number of PCIe connectors are provided. However, some of you might want more than eight SATA connectors with such a strong unit. There are enough 4-pin Molex connectors for every usage scenario as modern PSUs are usually equipped with less than eight of these. Finally, cable length is adequate, and the same applies to the distance between connectors.

Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to comment on when it comes to its power distribution.

Packaging


The box has a rather serious graphics design, and at its face are not only pictures of the PSU but icons for its 80 PLUS efficiency level, five year warranty, and ErP compatibility, meaning vampire power is kept below 0.5 W.


The power specifications table is listed on one of the box's sides.


Around the back, the well-trained eye will notice that this unit is imported by Caseking Kellytech, a company based in Budapest. It is also stated that the product's design and quality control is done in Europe, while the manufacturing process takes place in China (as per usual). It is nice to see that quality control is taken care of in a European facility.

Contents


The PSU is protected by foam inside the box, and the quite thick power cord is stored in a separate compartment. There is a smaller box inside the package with all the accessories and necessary modular cables.


The bundle includes several zip ties, a set of screws, a small user's manual, and all the cabling.

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