Reviews - Lepa G1600-MA 1600W
Sample Provided by: Lepa (By OklahomaWolf on Tue, Apr-17-2012)

Page 5 - Scoring

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.







Build Quality


Total Score



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?

The Good:

  • fully modular
  • 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!

The Bad:

  • current draw in the hot box approached 16 amperes

The Mediocre:

  • pinched wire on the 5VSB

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