Manufacturers are increasingly added to the RGB-lighting in a variety of PC components. Lepa, for example, has decided to decorate its new backlit cooler Lepa NEOllusion. It will be interesting to evaluate the effectiveness of the single illumination of the tower cooler in practice. Of course, we will have the traditional tests of cooling performance and noise level.
CPU fan for a long time remained the components that are resistant to the trends of modern fashion. But the company Lepa decided to stand out among its competitors and introduced one of the first coolers on the market from the RGB-backlit – Lepa NEOllusion. A user is able to choose the backlight color to your liking, with Lepa NEOllusion you get the remote control. It allows you to directly select the color, and various lighting effects.
In the cooler box is accented multicolor lights. But it is also clearly seen that Lepa NEOllusion is a narrow single tower cooler. Due to the relatively cooler compact design provides excellent compatibility with other components, so the problem during assembly is unlikely to arise. The box states that Lepa NEOllusion cooler is compatible with all modern platforms. For the upcoming platform AM4 Lepa offer free kit upgrade .
The fact that the cooler from the RGB-backlit is not much competition, clearly visible on Lepa NEOllusion price. In Russia, at the time of publication of the cooler has not yet appeared in Europe during the cooler will have to pay 60 euros , which is about € 20 cheaper than comparable single tower coolers.
Below is more information about the cooler Lepa NEOllusion:
Lepa NEOllusion: Specification
|Make and Model||Lepa NEOllusion, LPANL12|
|Retail price||from 60 euros|
|Products webpage||Lepa NEOllusion|
|cooler Dimensions||126 x 40 x 161.2 mm (L x W x H), only cooler|
|Material||The heat pipes and the base copper|
|cooler Type||single tower|
|Heat pipe||Four 6 mm heatpipes|
|regular fans||120 mm, 600 – 1,800 r / min, 400 – 1,000 r / min adapter|
|Sockets||AMD AM2 (+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2 (+); AM4 with free upgrade kit|
Intel LGA 775 / 115X / 1366/2011 / 2011-3
|The weight||645 g|
Already a kit Lepa NEOllusion delivery can be seen that in front of us on the most common CPU cooler. Supplied with installation accessories and user manual. Lepa also added a tube of thermal paste, voltage adapter, and Molex power adapter. But all of these components are quite traditional. But cooler with remote control, we have not yet come across. To this we shall return later.
It is not usual and that the heatsink will have to bring extra food through the 3-pin connector. However, we encountered such an approach in other coolers with LED-illumination – except that Lepa NEOllusion highlighted not just the company logo in one color, and a full set RGB-lights. only 4 Tower cm thick radiator is painted black. According to Lepa, used SNTC coating (SuperNano Thermal Conductive), which protects the radiator from oxidation. It can be seen and asymmetrical design of the radiator cooling fins.
LED-strips are installed on both sides of the cooler under the white plastic covers. These plates reduce the number of useful heat sink area on the edges, but to highlight the effect without, apparently, it was not enough.
Lepa did not close the ends of the heat pipes caps, but also dyed them black. Wings of heat pipes direct the air flow in the “blind” rear area. The manufacturer calls this design “Vortex Generator Flow”. In the center of the top edge of Lepa is logo, which is also equipped with RGB-backlit, like the two sidewalls. If you look on the right side of the cooler for the heat pipes can be seen the IR receiver remote control.
Four 6 mm heat pipes come into direct contact with the processor. cutouts remain between heatpipe base, which also take the heat from the CPU. Unlike many other coolers with Heatpipe Direct Touch technology, the base is made of copper instead of aluminum.
Lepa did not mount a complete 120-mm fan traditional braces. Instead, they used four plastic mounts that snap into the radiator. Fasteners can be removed from the fan, and then set a different model. But it is also necessary to remove the four self-adhesive pads that cover the screws holes – they provide vibration isolation. But mounting support only conventional 120-mm fans. Lepa indicates the speed of the complete PWM-fan honey 800 and 1,800 rev / min. But our test system we received below the rate of 100 rev / min, the range was from 700 to 1,700 rev / min. With the adapter complete speed range can be shifted down by Lepa information 400 to 1,000 r / min.
Select manufacturer solution is extremely convenient when the cooler is installed in the chassis. Messing with mounting brackets do not have enough to latch the fan with plastic hooks. Visually fan with curved blades (Dual Convex Blade) fits well in the cooler design. Curved blades are designed to provide a higher cooling performance with lower noise levels.
Lepa NEOllusion cooler is mounted as standard with the help of a solid metal back plate and brackets. Then the cooler is fastened to the brackets by means of the cross. Lepa did not fix the crossbar to the radiator. Therefore, the most difficult to arrange when you install the center crossbar on the radiator, and then fasten it to the bracket, to cross without slipping. In general, there are no problems with the installation. The manufacturer added supplied well illustrated guide.
Between the fan and the memory slots is enough space to be able to use memory modules with tall heat spreaders. Nor is it sufficient clearance to other components of the motherboard and the upper expansion slot.
Slim remote control is packaged in a rubber cover. However, the tires too much attract dust. As soon as the remote control out of the case, as it immediately stuck dust particles. But the case can also be easily removed. The remote lets you easily turn on and off lights, to choose different modes of illumination and speed effects, as well as any of the 16 colors. The remote control uses infrared communication, which saves energy, but the console will have directly on the cooler. The housing with the closed side panel signal will not penetrate. However, cooler backlit certainly be installed only in the body with the side windows. And in the case of acrylic windows and tinted glass signal successfully reached the cooler. However, it is possible that too strong, or tinted glass thickness will reduce the reception quality.
By itself, the lighting was quite convincing. It not only illuminates the radiator and the surrounding components. Below, we’ve added a video that shows some of the effects and colors.
We’ve put together a new test system that is closer to the mass gaming computers. 8-core Xeon conceded Intel Core i7-4790K place, which is very popular in gaming PCs. The Radeon HD 7970 from Gigabyte energy consumption corresponds to the modern high-end models. We chose housing the NZXT H630 . Full Tower offers ample space for the highest CPU coolers, as it allows you to test large CBO closed loop. In H630 housing insulation measures are taken, so it is not focused on uncompromising cooling performance, rather on the optimal balance between noise and cooling. The same can be said about the popular body Define by Fractal Design.
Below are the specifications of the test system
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4790K (4,2 GHz)|
|Motherboard||ASUS Z97-DELUXE (NFC & WLC)|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LP 16 GB DDR3|
|video card||Gigabyte GV-R797OC-3GD|
|System storage||OCZ ARC 100 240GB|
|Power Supply||Antec HCP-1300 Platinum|
|Thermal Grease||Arctic Cooling MX-2|
|Chassis Fan||1x 200mm (front)|
1x 140mm (rear)
|operating system||Windows 10 Home|
200-mm frontal fan worked with an acceptable noise level, because we switched it to 7 using an adapter. The rear fan we left at 12, so he moved on a constant rate of 1,100 rev / min. It is possible to achieve a reasonable balance between sufficient cooling performance and an acceptable level of noise the fan housing. And our test conditions as close as possible to reality. Too much to reduce the speed of the fan housing is not worth it, because then the body will accumulate too much heat.
We conducted noise measurement using the VOLTCRAFT SL-400 at a distance of 20 cm from the left side of the chassis. The case itself was soundproofed assembled and closed. Room temperature we normalized to 20 ° C, under this we checked the temperature using infrared thermometer VOLTCRAFT 800-200. During each stress test we were recording the temperature, the cooler had to endure a 30 minute run Prime95 (we used a rather “heavy» Small FTT test). The temperatures for the entire test period were recorded in CoreTemp tool magazine, and then we calculate the arithmetic mean of maximum temperatures (less deduction of the difference with the normalized room temperature). Him we shall be entered in the diagram. As we took thermal paste Arctic Evergreen MX-2. We spread the thermal grease on the CPU surface using WLP blades.
We conducted the following test scenarios:
According to Lepa NEOllusion cooler visually attracts attention, but very quiet. At low-medium speed of the fan manufacturer promise fulfilled. At 1,000 rev / min cooler is very quiet. At a minimum speed of 700 rev / min air flow would be barely audible in a closed cabinet, you can hardly hear the fan work. In the case of an open body with a small distance was noticeably chirping bearing.
Maximum fan speed is high enough, the noise level is also significantly increased. So in their daily work, we recommend not to expose the maximum fan speed.
The following test scenario, we evaluate the performance of the cooler with the standard fan at 1,000 rev / min and at maximum speed.
At full speed of 1,700 rev / min Lepa NEOllusion cooler shows the results, it is typical for narrow single tower coolers. The same MSI Frozr Core L , for example, showed a similar level of performance. Of course, the bulk single tower cooler with a much larger surface area, such as the Scythe Mugen 5 , not to mention the twin tower coolers, significantly come forward. At 1,000 rev / min cooling performance is reduced significantly less than the Core Frozr L, Lepa NEOllusion cooler takes place just behind comparable Cryorig H7 .
To compare “pure” performance coolers without affecting regular fans, we equip all our reference cooler fans. We used a powerful fan Noctua NF-A15 PWM, the distance between the mounting holes is 105 mm, speed – up to 1,200 rev / min. If such fans can set on the radiator was absent, we used a more compact Noctua NF-F12 at a speed of 120 mm to 1,500 rev / min. In the case of coolers, designed for “real” 140-mm fans with hole spacing of 140 mm, we used the NF-A14 PWM.
Fan mount allows to install only 120 mm model, so we used the reference fan NF-F12.
At 1,000 rev / min and regular reference fans show the same temperature. If lower speed NF-F12 and 600 rev / min, the productivity is at the bottom near the MSI Frozr Core L . NEOllusion occupies a position just behind the Arctic the Freezer i32 , but the latter is much cheaper.
Lepa NEOllusion – one of the first coolers on the market with integrated RGB-backlit. Multicolor lighting really sets a narrow tower cooler competitors. In practice, the light was very interesting, you can select the desired color and illuminate the interior of the body to your liking. There are also two modes of flashing backlight (Flash and Sparkle), although Flash mode for continuous operation too irritated.
To control the backlight, there are different solutions, from the buttons on the cooler to a wired or wireless remote control, as well as through the utility. But Lepa chose remote control via IR. This approach has its advantages, but also disadvantages. The user does not have to install software, manage the backlight can be directly through the remote control. But the possibility of selection of shades are limited.
As cooler Lepa NEOllusion pleased convenient assembly and compatibility, especially for memory slots. But the narrow design reduces the cooling performance at low fan speeds. On medium-high speeds lagging behind the competition is not so much. However, you can purchase a more efficient single tower coolers for less money, for example, the same Scythe Mugen 5 . The level of fan noise at low revs Lepa was very low – even without the included adapter, reducing stress. Installation is simple and convenient cooler, the fan is easy to fix with the help of clips. However, mounting is only suitable to a 120-mm fans. It is possible to install the second fan in the configuration push-pull.
If you need a cooler from the RGB-backlit, by Lepa NEOllusion look worth it. Of course, Cryorig in June 2016 introduced a cooler H7 Quad Lumi from the RGB-backlit display and control through the application, but for sale, he is not yet appeared. Cooling capacity should be at the level of a conventional H7 , which is about comparable to Lepa NEOllusion.
In general, Lepa NEOllusion is a simple tower cooler, it is aimed at users who put up the backlight functionality. And the target audience surcharge in comparison with competitors of comparable levels of performance certainly seems reasonable.