LEPA MX F1 600W Power Supply Review

LEPA does not have much to say in terms of marketing about its new MX F1 power supply line. Outside of "Racing car style coating" and "Extremely Silent fan," we have very little to go on, except one thing. 600 watts of good PSU power priced at $49.99 with Free Shipping with be a very good value, if it's "good" power.

Introduction

Enermax Technology Corporation is a company that is well known in the world of power supplies and general computing alike. Founded in 1990, Enermax has made a name for itself by providing solid performing power supplies, among other computer components, and accessories. Enermax' current lines of power supplies encompass a wide range of products targeted at various market segments including the Platimax, MaxRevo, Revolution87+, Triathlor FC, Triathlor ECO, NAXN ADV, and NAXN series. In addition to being a retail presence with its Enermax brand power supplies, Enermax Technology Corporation used to be one of the few real OEM designers of power supplies. Its power supplies however, have only rarely shown up under other labels including Grow Up Japan, Sapphire, and its house brand LEPA. Today we are looking at our fifth power supply from the Enermax’ house brand LEPA. This particular model MX F1 600W (N600-SB) which is produced by CWT as Enermax no longer produces its LEPA branded power supplies.

Channel Well Technology (CWT) was founded and began manufacturing power supplies in 1993. Since 1993 Channel Well Technology products have shown up under various guises including Antec, Xclio, 2theMax, CWT, Thermaltake, Xigmatek, Enermax, and Corsair. While most familiar to our US users from when CWT used to provide OEM services for Antec, CWT is one of the more complete OEM manufacturers as it has a fairly high level of vertical integration providing transformers all the way up to its well designed independently regulated SMPS. However, CWT has been stretching out over the last few years and is providing OEM services for a number of brands as today’s unit demonstrates.

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

The LEPA MX F1 600W is just the fifth power supply we have seen from the LEPA brand. It is also the smallest capacity unit we have seen so far from LEPA at 600W. Those previous LEPA units we have seen have been rebadged Enermax units except for the B850 which was from Sirfa. Today, the LEPA MX F1 600W is not an Enermax unit or a Sirfa unit being rebadged as a LEPA unit but rather a CWT product. Given that the quality we have seen from CWT has been somewhat more variable than what we have seen from Enermax, this certainly leaves us with a bit more apprehension than if this was simply another rebranded Enermax unit being sold for less under the LEPA banner. Before we move on though, let's see what LEPA has to say about this unit:

• Hydraulic Bearing Fan delivers silent, cooling, and durable performance

• 6+2P PCI-E connector supplied supporting extreme graphic cards (*N400-SB, N500-SB, N600-SB only)

• SATA power connector with 3.3V & 5V rails support all SSD

• Extended CPU connector cable to 60cm facilitates installation with bottom-mounted PSU chassis

• Over Power, Over Voltage, and Short-circuit protection provide great safety to your system

• Half bridge design provides great stability and reliability

• Dual +12V rails ensure greater system safety

• Racing car style coating establishes outstanding image of fashion

With nothing present here other than a list of features, let’s move on and see what we can expect when a user purchases the LEPA MX F1 600W in retail in terms of documentation, accessories, cable count, rail layout, output characteristics, and general build quality.