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LEPA NEOllusion CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 9, 2017 1:51 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: LEPA

Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications




To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.



Thermal Results




Nearly six degrees out of first place is not a terrific start for the NEOllusion CPU cooler. With results averaging out to 59-degrees for the stock run, it is about 20 degrees better than if we were to use a stock cooler, but there is no shaking the mid-range performance we see in this test.




Still controlled by PWM, the performance with our overclock is not great, but it keeps us well away from the throttle point of the CPU. The NEOllusion stays fifth from the bottom with the 74-degrees we saw in this test.




Allowing the fan to give this tower every bit of CFM and static pressure it is capable of pushing, we were only able to grab another 1.75 degrees in efficiency. This does not make the noise level that accompanied this run to be worth it, and while not as tight as the Enermax, LEPA does an excellent job of balancing performance with sound in this design.



Noise Level Results




Already in the range of being heard a foot away from the PC, this 120mm fan spun at 1082 RPM for this test. 31 dB is still low on the scale compared to coolers a few years old now, but we see that many of them in this chart are capable of this level of performance with much less noise.




We are not yet at droning levels of noise, but once we ran with the overclock applied, the fan was seen spinning at 1493 RPM. 38 dB is by no means the worst we have seen, but in this chart, we see it does not bode well for LEPA and their NEOllusion cooler.




If you want to try to get the best out of the cooler as far as temperatures are concerned, be prepared for the amount of noise that is coming from the NEOllusion to do so. Moving from near 1500 to 1750 RPM at this point in testing, the jump to 58 dB is too loud for the slight efficiency bump. We would just assume to keep the PWM active for this fan.

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