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LEPA NEOllusion RGB CPU Air Cooler Review

LEPA comes to us today with a new air cooler that is specifically focused on users that are looking for a little more bling inside their desktop computer build. And while really cool lights may or may not be your thing, we wanted to see just how the NEOllusion performed when it comes to its primary function, CPU cooling.

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Conclusions

The NEOllusion is a cooler without an identity. Let me explain. The NEOllusion is a quiet cooler which is great and would fit well in a bedroom PC or maybe an HTPC but then you’ve got those LEDs. It wouldn’t make much sense to have a bright, flickering fan in a bedroom PC or HTPC since it would be wildly distracting, at least for some. Given the LEDs then, it must be an enthusiast cooler. Well, once you look at its performance you’ll see it’s not much of an enthusiast cooler save for medium level PCs. So if it isn’t an enthusiast cooler than it must be an entry level cooler, right? Well, entry level coolers are typically inexpensive and perform a bit better than the stock cooler. The NEOllusion does perform better than the stock cooler but as for being inexpensiveآ…

Price/Performance

The charts below show the cost you will pay for each degree in temperature reduction the heat sink gives you over the stock cooler. The two areas that influence this chart are cost of the heat sink and its performance. An expensive cooler that gives you superior performance will be rated as average since its cost hurts its rating. Inversely, a poor performing heat sink that costs next to nothing will be rated as average since its performance will hurt its ratings. We ideally look for low cost and high performance. All prices were gathered by doing a very quick search of the web for each cooler and listing it here sans S/H and tax (these can vary widely from region to region). We use MSRP pricing for those not yet found in stock.

As an example, if a cooler outperforms the stock cooler by 10C and costs USD $5.00 it would be listed in our chart as $.50. You would pay fifty cents for each degree of better performance over the box cooler.

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To arrive at a single number difference, we took the value of all four cores from our overclocked tests, averaged these and then compare these for analysis.

The Bottom Line

Amazon and Newegg are currently selling the LEPA NEOllusion for $67 with Prime Shipping and $68 respectively. Frankly this is too expensive for what you get, if you are looking for an enthusiast level overclocking and cooling HSF. As it stands now, I can’t recommend the NEOllusion at its current price based on performance, but if you like everything else it brings to the table then keeping an eye out for a sale might make it worth it.

Editor's Notes: LEPA informed us this week that it will be lowering the MSRP of the NEOllusion to $59.99. That is hugely commendable. Anytime a company takes the time to listen to its users and address their concerns they should be applauded. LEPA has gone the extra mile to earn our business and for that they should be rewarded. Customer service may be a lost art form these days but one company gets it.

The fact of the matter is that the NEOllusion is not a CPU cooler for the enthusiast looking for pushing the edge of the envelop with his CPU. The nearly nonexistent sound profile explains this itself. LEPA sees the huge market shift to RGB lighting and this is quick and simple way to get that effect into your case without spending a bundle. The way LEPA has integrated the lighting into the sides of the cooler is unique (for now) and having a remote that will let you toggle through 15 different colors with 4 different effects shows...that the NEOllusion is exactly about "the show."

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