Page 1:Features & Specifications
Page 2:Unboxing Video
Page 3:Teardown & Component Analysis
Page 4:Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time & Inrush Current
Page 5:Efficiency, Temperature & Noise
Page 6:Protection Features
Page 7:Cross-Load Tests & Infrared Images
Page 8:Transient Response Tests
Page 9:Ripple Measurements
Page 10:EMC Pre-Compliance Testing
Page 11:Performance, Value, Noise & Efficiency
Page 12:Final Analysis
Early on, Kolink dealt mostly with cooling products thanks to a strong relationship with Noctua. At some point, though, a local branch of Kolink called Kellytech was sold to Caseking Group, resulting in two Kolink companies: one of them based in Taiwan and the other in Hungary. The Taiwanese Kolink continues to deal with cooling products, while the Hungarian Kolink includes cases, cables, various peripherals, and power supplies in its portfolio. All of those products are already available through the Caseking and overclockers.co.uk online stores. However, we're told that Kolink will also enter the U.S. market in 2018.
Within a relatively short period of time, Kolink's PSUs left a good impression on the EU market. The team responsible for them seems to know what it's doing, delivering the highest possible performance and keeping production cost low. Of course, given today's cryptocurrency mining craziness and strong demand for high-capacity PSUs, it's no surprise to see Kolink introducing a 1500W model.
The Kolink KL-C1500PL is based on an Enhance Electronics platform. Besides fully modular cabling, it also features semi-passive operation and a single +12V rail. Efficiency-wise, it is 80 PLUS Platinum-certified. On the Cybenetics scale, it scores ETA-A for efficiency and LAMBDA-S (Standard) for noise. Since this PSU was designed with heavy utilization in mind, it uses a double ball-bearing fan, which is ideal for conditions like the ones encountered by power supplies in mining rigs. Fluid/hydro dynamic fans might make less noise, but their operating lifetimes take a huge hit when they're subjected to hot environments (>35°C).
For such a high-capacity PSU, the 80 PLUS Platinum and ETA-A efficiency levels are big assets. A LAMBDA-S noise certification is certainly less impressive. But remember that this is a PSU designed to address mining applications, where reliability under tough operating conditions comes first. Noise output just isn't one of its priorities (hence the aforementioned DBB fan).
At least in Europe, this is a €300 power supply, including 19% VAT. It's definitely not a budget-oriented unit. But if you take its technical specifications and features into account, it is still much more affordable than the high-capacity competition from EVGA, Corsair, Thermaltake, and Cooler Master.
Kolink's representatives claim that we'll see the company's products in the U.S. sometime around the second half of 2018. If it can keep the KL-C1500PL's price close to $300, this PSU should fare well domestically.
|Total Max. Power (W)||1500|
The minor rails offer up to 120W combined power, while the +12V rail can deliver up to 125A, easily supporting multiple graphics cards. Finally, the 5VSB rail looks kind of weak for a 1.5kW unit. Still, it should be able to handle most applications.
Cables & Connectors
|Description||Cable Count||Connector Count (Total)||Gauge||In Cable Capacitors|
|ATX connector 20+4 pin (600mm)||1||1||16-22AWG||No|
|4+4 pin EPS12V (710mm)||2||2||16AWG||No|
|6+2 pin PCIe (610mm+100mm)||4||8||16-18AWG||No|
|6+2 pin PCIe (610mm)||4||4||16AWG||No|
|Four-pin Molex (610mm+150mm+150mm+150mm)||2||8||18AWG||No|
Two EPS cables and eight PCIe connectors are installed across four cables. Besides those eight connectors, there are four more on dedicated cables. In total, then, this unit sports 12 PCIe connectors, easily satisfying high-end miners. The number of peripheral connectors is increased as well, including eight four-pin Molex connectors, which are usually utilized by the PCIe risers.
The KL-C1500PL's cables are shown in the photos above.
Blue sockets are for PCIe cables and the two black ones with eight pins each correspond to EPS cables. The problem we see is that all eight-pin connectors have the same pattern, making it possible to accidentally connect an EPS cable to a PCIe socket and vice versa. Because those connectors are not electrically compatible, this is a problem.
Adding insult to injury, the same applies to the six-pin connector accompanying the 24-pin ATX cable. This connector is identical to the six-pin ones for peripheral connectors, so if you connect the ATX cable's auxiliary to one of the peripheral sockets, again, you're in trouble. Best-case, the PSU doesn't start. Enhance Electronics should be more careful and change the pattern of its sockets to avoid mechanical compatibility of electrically dissimilar cables.
Since this PSU features a single +12V rail, we do not have anything to say about its power distribution.
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- Features & Specifications
- Unboxing Video
- Teardown & Component Analysis
- Load Regulation, Hold-Up Time & Inrush Current
- Efficiency, Temperature & Noise
- Protection Features
- Cross-Load Tests & Infrared Images
- Transient Response Tests
- Ripple Measurements
- EMC Pre-Compliance Testing
- Performance, Value, Noise & Efficiency
- Final Analysis