The NEOllusion is innovative in the way the RGB LED lighting is devised in this tower cooler. There is no doubt about that, and we like the way the color floods the build and the top half of the chassis. The fins are shaped in a design we have seen work in the past, and the addition of the special coating and little tabs behind the pipes all lead one to believe that this cooler should perform admirably.
The hardware does not spin in the holes, it is a system we have used many times, and tends to deliver a fair amount of mounting pressure. Even though the fan is not LED lit, the specifications for it are promising as well. To be honest, we were pleased with what we read and saw; it was not until the testing was completed and we compared results that our excitement waned.
Without pulling any punches, we expected more of the NEOllusion CPU cooler. If you are going to create a look that is unique, and you want the masses to be drawn to it like moths to a flame, get the cooler design right first. Performance levels kept us from having our CPU throttle, but we feel the level of efficiency is not that good with this design. Considering what the fan was capable of pushing in airflow and pressure, we feel the NEOllusion should have been able to perform better and make for a much better showing of this product.
No matter how much we liked the RGB LED lights, modes, and the ease afforded with a remote control, it just is not enough in our mind to push this cooler through with a bunch of excitement. The cooler is not bad, it just isn't great either, and mediocre products tend to drown in the sea that is CPU air cooling.
There is one major factor that leaves us with some doubt about how harsh we have been to the LEPA NEOllusion, but we cannot see LEPA selling this cooler in the $20 to $30 range we feel there would be good value. We would guess that this cooler will release for no less than $50, just in what we have seen lately to compare it to. Figuring on that sort of a price point, this cooler is unique, and it delivers more lighting that anything we have seen before, but this ends up as a product where the RGB lighting seemingly came first, and then they found a cooler to strap it to.
In our opinion, performance and noise come first, once that is solid and can contend, you then slap lights on it and market it to the masses; not the other way around. As much as we wanted to like this NEOllusion cooler and despite its good points, we feel let down a bit, and think it is likely that you will feel the same way.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||N/A|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||89%|
The Bottom Line: With many patented technologies offered, and the most ingenious display of bright RGB LED lighting, it raises the bar when to comes to features. However, the limited performance, and the high levels of noise at times means that unless found at rock bottom pricing, we would pass on this cooler for now.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [LEPA NEOllusion CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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