Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
LEPA is a company that we do not see too much of on this side of the pond. In fact, here, you are more likely to have seen products from their sister companies, Ecomaster and Enermax. While it has been a very long time since we have put our hands on anything made by Ecomaster, we have seen many cases and cooler from Enermax in our time, but this is the first we have ever seen a chassis from LEPA. That being said, since 2010, LEPA has been striving to be a company well known for high standards, quality, performance, and stability, all wrapped up in "reliable, high-tech solutions".
With nothing to really go off of in our history, we look back to what we can recall of the various Enermax cases we had the pleasure of looking at. While they are all very unique except for one very old example, they always tended to have a pretty decent feature set, and it really came down to if the styling appealed to you or not. The only thing that sticks out in our mind about all of the cases we saw, is that Enermax cases always tended to have very tight door panels. Not the kind of tight that eliminated rattles, but the panels were so tight it made them a real struggle to get them on and off. We just hope this is not something that carried over to LEPA when they started offering cases under their name.
Today, we are having our look at the LEPA Lenyx, or the LPC801A-B full-tower chassis, that is actually marketed as a "big-tower" if you look on the LEPA website. This is due to the fact that this chassis offers all things associated with a full-tower chassis, but with one addition, the Lenyx can also allow for E-ATX motherboards, making it somewhat larger than the standard full-tower designs out there. Lots of time was spent on the exterior appeal and design that is sleek with the choice of surface treatment, but has a masculine angular feel to it, with plenty of body lines and features to keep even the most picky customers content.
The LEPA Lenyx LPC801A does come in two variations. There is the 801A-B or the black version we are seeing here today, and there is also an 801A-W that is white inside and out. The Lenyx is 576mm deep, 250mm in width, and stands 558mm tall, offering room inside for Micro-ATX, ATX, or E-ATX motherboard compatibility. The provided chart then jumps to what is found in the front I/O panel, where we see there is plenty with the pair of USB 3.0 and three USB 2.0 ports, a USB Supercharge port, HD Audio jacks, and the typical lights and buttons.
Internally, the chassis offers four 5.25" bays, but only three are accessible via the slide down section of the front bezel. Below those, you will find a two section HDD rack, where the top section will fit four 3.5" drives and this section is removable, while the lower section is permanent, and houses another pair of 3.5" drives. Mind you, all six trays are also drilled for 2.5" drive installation as well. Specifically for 2.5" drives, there is one location behind the motherboard tray, and another is offered in the unused ODD bay, in the form of a 3.5" bay adapter that is also drilled for 2.5" drive installation. Then in the back of the chassis, we find this design affords users eight expansion slots to populate with cards.
Cooling in this chassis is a bit unusual when it comes to what can fit and what is installed. The front of the chassis offers a 200mm fan which we have seen many times before, but as options, it is either that, or the option of a 180mm fan; there are no holes for 120mm or 140mm fans. The rear of the chassis offers room for either a 120mm or 140mm fan, and a 140mm fan is placed there. The top of the chassis is a bit more normal. Where we are given a 200mm fan for now, but it also offers room for a 180mm fan, two 140mm fans, or three 120mm fans, while offering 60mm of room for water cooling as well. The bottom of the chassis is the last option for fans, where we see that two 120mm fans can go there. The permanent section of HDD bay does offer a channel to slide in a radiator, but also limits overall height again to 60mm.
As to the limitations this chassis imposes on your purchasing choices, we find a lot of room to fit your needs. They offer 194mm of CPU clearance, which will cover just about any and all air coolers out there. We also see that with the HDD rack fully installed, the chassis affords 360mm of room for video cards. With it out of the way, that space greatly increases to 490mm of room. We also see that there is a magnetic headphone holder to stick to the side of the case, and they mention the bay adapter we addressed a bit earlier. Lastly, we see that they have followed along with designs from the likes of BitFenix, and offer this case with a top and front panel that have a "Soft Grip" coating, and it appears this is does not feature in the white variation.
We were easily able to find around ten locations where the Lenyx LPC801A-B can be purchased, but wow is the pricing all over the place. The low-end of the spectrum has this chassis offered for $171 via Amazon. If this chassis interests you, and you are on the lookout for the best deal, make sure you look carefully as $171 is a reasonable price to get you into a super-tower chassis.
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