Today we have a new brand crossing the test bench to see what it can handle. This time the power supply is from LEPA. Most of you will not be familiar with LEPA at all, but will easily recognize the parent brand of ECOMASTER. LEPA's power supply offerings are identical to that of its sister company, Enermax. This is because they are simply rebranded and offered to consumers with the LEPA name instead of Enermax. We aren't entirely sure why the same company would offer the same product under a different name, but as long as it performs well, then it doesn't really matter.
The specific unit being tested today is the LEPA G500-MA 500W power supply. LEPA's G series PSU's are rebranded MODU87+ power supplies. The last time we had one of the MODU87+ PSU's on the bench, it was the 800W model and it scored quite well. As such, we expect this unit to have performance and features of the same caliber. Let's start taking a look at the G500-MA to see if it up to spec and find out just how well it performs.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The G500-MA has some very modest outputs for a 500W power supply. Each of the three 12V rails offer up to 25A of power each with a combined total load of 41A. The 3.3V and 5V rails offer up to 20A of power with a combined total output of 100W. This should easily support most single GPU systems so long as there isn't any serious overclocking involved.
This is something that you normally don't see out of a 500W power supply. PSU's in this range are generally deemed for budget builds and thus often lack some of the protections that we find in more enthusiast oriented power supplies. The G500-MA has every feature that we check for including a wide range of protections, modular and sleeved cables, 80Plus certification, and is even rated for 100% continuous output at 50C.
LEPA's G500-MA can be found very easily at a wide range of e-tailers. Newegg lists the G500-MA with an MSRP of $119.99 with $4.99 S&H. With a final price of $124.98, the G500-MA certainly isn't the cheapest 500W power supply on the market, but it does come with plenty of features that you normally don't see.
Oddly enough, LEPA only offers the G500-MA with a three year warranty. This isn't odd because it is only a three year warranty, but because the Enermax MODU87+ 500W that is the same power supply brings a five year warranty with it.