Performance (40% of the final score) - like the Modu87+ this unit borrows its circuitry from, this unit has some good things and some so-so things about it when it comes to performance. Voltage regulation was very good, but stopped short of being excellent. Ripple suppression was good, but stopped short of being excellent. Efficiency barely cleared Gold, but clear it did. Why, even in the overshoot transient results we had mixed results - the 12V scope shots were absolutely perfect, but the 5VSB rail was, again, good but stopping short of excellent. I think I'll do an 8.5 here.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - I love a nice modular unit. But what I love even more than that is having a modular unit with minimal unnecessary hardwired cables. The extra EPS12V cable hurts this unit just a wee bit in this regard. Otherwise, I do like the mixed SATA/Molex cables that were supplied with the unit, for those who don't need or want the full Molex or full SATA cables cluttering up their cases. I know I still have a Pioneer PATA DVD burner I've been hanging on to just because it's been the best darn burner I've ever had, so it's nice to have the option to keep it in the case and yet not waste a whole chain of Molex connectors powering it. I'll go for a 9 on this one.
Value (30% of the final score) - this unit retails for $179.99 at Newegg. That's... uh... actually not bad at all. The nearest competition from Corsair in the AX850 is a bit more expensive, as is Enermax' own Revolution 85+ 920W. But... the Corsair HX850 is also a fair bit cheaper, so I'll call this a good but not great value. 8.
Aesthetics (10% of the final score) - once again, a gaudy looking fan gets in the way of the score, here. But, the Lepa 900G improves on the Modu87+ here for me. The matte black finish is less tacky looking, the heatsinks are black and not ugly blue, and the whole thing in general looks better to me. Well, except for the crooked sticker on the side, that is. 7.5.
Lepa's first entry into the world of 80 Plus Gold is a solid effort. The unit performs well, is well built, and the build quality is very nice indeed. It does stop short of being among the best I've ever tested, but would I kick it out of my own computers based on what I saw today? No, I wouldn't. For most people, yours truly included, this unit will do the job just fine.
hit 80 Plus Gold with no problems
very good voltage regulation
lots of installation flexibility in the modular cabling