Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Even though LEPA and Enermax are tied in together, this does not always mean that they offer the same products when it comes to things like two CPU air coolers coming to market. There are some similarities between what Enermax had us look at last, but that is it, vague similarities. Performance is, or at least, should be the primary objective when it comes to products like this, but LEPA has also done something that we have never had in our test lab. Of course, RGB LEDs are nothing new, and having strips of LEDs for your chassis which can be remotely controlled are not brand new either. However, offering RGB LED lighting in a tower cooler and making it work with a remote control to change the colors and modes; that is something brand new to us.
The latest cooler we tested is not just all about the light show either, although it is quite fancy and prominent in this cooler. LEPA offers a cooler with a 200W TDP, and also borrows some terms we saw in the last Enermax review. VGF or Vortex Generator Flow is what helps to increase the airflow through this tower, and it is yet another cooler with an HDT base. What is also a huge factor in this cooler's performance is that LEPA opted to supply a fan with dual convex blades on it, which force air straight through it, rather than moving air in all directions out the back of the frame. This tower cooler also comes with a special coating to increase thermal efficiency, but with this model, it is called SNTC or Super Nano Thermal Conductive coating.
As we get ready to get up close and personal with LEPA's NEOllusion CPU cooler, we have a lot on the plate to discuss. While our primary focus is always on the best performance with the least amount of noise, looks are going to be a huge factor in a cooler like this as well. With what we have gathered from the product page and in our hands-on and testing with it, out of the box the NEOllusion has much to offer. We realize not everyone likes an average looking cooler, and those who appreciate lighting may not care for backlit caps on top or LEDs in the fans. For those looking to flood the area around the cooler with LED lighting, LEPA has the cooler for you. Stick with us as we bring you something we have not been privy to before in CPU cooler design, and see if LEPA has the perfect solution to cooling your CPU while dowsing the inside of the chassis with bright LED light.
The chart we show above is taken right from the LEPA product page. In it, we are shown initially that the cooler may also be found with the name of LPANL12, and that it is ready willing and able to fit all of the current sockets available, and even fits some not made any longer. Next, we jump right into the dimensions, as we see the 128mm of width, the 40mm of thickness, and the 161,7mm of height, and are shown that with the fan, it weighs in at just 645 grams. There are four 6mm diameter copper heat pipes in this cooler, which come out from an aluminum base. The fins are also aluminum, and total 54 fins in the stack, due to the room needed for white plastic strips which are illuminated with RGB lighting built into the cooler.
The included fan does not appear to be something which can be grabbed off the shelf, nor does it show in the LEPA lineup. What we do know about this fan is that it is 120mm in size, and is built with a black frame, and has nine dual convex shaped blades in it. This fan will spin from 800 to 1800 RPM unless the inline adapter is used, where the speeds change from 400 to 1000 RPM. The maximum airflow from this fan is said to be 75.41 CFM, and the pressure gets up there too, at 2.41mmH2O. The fan is intended to be powered with a maximum of 12V and the noise level with full power is 33 dB(A), although there is a 4-pin PWM connection to allow the motherboard and fan to do their thing.
Also included inside of the box is a remote control. The remote gives you 15 colors to use; you can brighten or dim the lighting, turn the LEDs on or off, and also has four light modes too. The adapter we mentioned to connect the fan is a 4-pin male to female adapter, and there is also a Molex adapter to connect the fan to so that it will run at full speed all of the time.
Looking for this cooler becomes a bit of an issue. At the time of writing, nowhere is it listed on this side of the pond, and we even tried UK listings to see if it were available, but we see nothing. We attempted to ask about the price via email, but our question went unanswered. We can only guess at this time to where we would expect this cooler to fall in pricing, and we think that if you can get this cooler in the $40 to $60 range, LEPA may have a winner on their hands.
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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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