Performance (40% of the final score) - shall we tackle some scoring now? This one won't be too hard at all. First, regulation. Not the best, but very very good. I almost feel bad for doing this, as this was such an awesome unit, but I have to pull half a point for not averaging 1% or better. Yeah, this thing is a 1600W unit and it may not be possible to get regulation that good in a unit this size, but I do have to leave room for the possibility, don't I? Aside from that, I can find nothing to complain about. Ripple suppression was miles better than I was expecting and among the best I've ever tested. Efficiency nailed Gold to the wall and made a solid try at Platinum numbers at lower power levels. I'm stopping with a 9.5 here.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - fully modular. 10 PCI-E connectors. Two EPS12V connectors and one ATX12V connector. Cables fully sleeved. Fan delay after power off. 10.
Value (20% of the final score) - MSRP for this unit is $329.00 - I can find it for sale nowhere as yet. What I do know is that the only other unit at this power level is the Ultra 1600W. That one goes for $379.99 at Directron. Lepa's already way ahead of the only competition for this unit on the market in North America. That spells another 10.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - here, I do have to come down on Lepa just a little bit. We had a pinched wire on the 5VSB, so that's a point off. It's not very likely that more than one or two units in a whole run of them will run into something like that, but I saw it so I have to score it. Soldering was very good, but still a notch below the best of the best. Half a point off for that. I'm thinking 8.5 here.
Issues with blown MOSFETs in the load testers aside, it's been a real pleasure to review the currently most powerful unit available to the North American market. Lepa is on fire with this unit - it's huge, it has capacity to spare, and is limited only by your household wiring. I cannot say enough good things about this bad boy. 1600 watts... extremely low ripple... Gold efficiency... fully modular... what more needs to be said?
efficiency pushing 80 Plus Platinum on some tests
very good voltage stability
insanely low ripple
much lower MSRP than the unit's only competition
1600 watts? No problem!
current draw in the hot box approached 16 amperes
pinched wire on the 5VSB
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