• Gear from LEPA

  • LEPA, maybe not a well known brand. However, they have some awesome gear.

    Read below a great story reference their exhibit at this years CES.

    LEPA is basically an offshoot of Enermax, created by Ecomaster – the US distributor for Enermax PSUs (or at least that’s how I understand it). They were sharing a booth with Enermax, and had some PSUs and cooling devices on display. On the “crazy levels of power” scale, their new MaxPlatinum PM line of power supplies is of course 80 Plus Platinum certified, but more importantly you can get them in 1050W (yawn), 1375W (getting interesting…), and 1700W (now we’re talking!) capacities. What would you need a 1700W power supply for? Other than five GPUs hashing Litecoins or extreme overclocking, I couldn’t tell you, and I don’t know the expected price either other than “more than I want to pay”. For those not into quite so insane loads, the MaxBron and MaxGold BM and GM lines will likely prove more enticing.

    Some of you have noticed that the review of the Dell XPS 15 qHD+ laptop still hasn’t posted, and I can at least make a short comment here that my particular unit started throttling after I opened it up to take pictures of the internals. Since I’m not sure if I caused a problem (I hadn’t seen throttling previously), I can’t finish the review just yet. LEPA did have a notebook cooling pad on hand that I tried out, just for fun, the Lepad A15. I fired up a CPU+GPU workload known to cause throttling in my experience and found things were improved, with GPU clocks stabilizing at 627MHz instead of dropping to 150MHz, and GPU temperatures maxing out at 71C. I didn’t have my AC adapter I can’t say for certain it “fixed” the problems I was having, but that’s about 10C lower than my normal temperatures for the workload and enough to curtail the GPU throttling. If that sounds useful to you, give something like the Lepad a look. The A15 is an upcoming model where you can position the fan according to your needs, while the V17 is an existing model for larger notebooks and the S17 is a large cooling pad with built-in subwoofer.

    Wrapping things up with LEPA, they had their reasonably attractive LP306/LP307/LP308 cases on display, as well as a newer LP309 (basically the same case but with a guady plastic “Transformers” front panel). I don’t have any information on pricing or availability for these, sadly, and I can’t seem to find any US sites selling LEPA cases, but perhaps that will change in the coming months. The cases come with dual 120mm front fans (with spiral LEDs just for good measure), and I’d assume they’ll be priced well under $100 so they could offer a decent blend of price and performance.

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