Lepa splashes color coatings on its CPU coolers

You know those black- and white-coated Enermax ETS-T40 heatsinks we reviewed last September? At CES this week, Lepa (Enermax’s sister brand) had some similar designs with blue, green, and red finishes on display. Scott captured a video of the blue model, which was outfitted with a disco-style fan:

Scott also snapped pictures of the green and red models. The green one has more of a military camo hue, while its red sibling has kind of a sports car vibe:

All three of these are prototypes. Lepa showed them in order to gauge interest, and it’ll decide whether or not to proceed with a commercial release if they generate enough (proverbial) buzz.

Now, I can’t be the only one who finds bare aluminum fins and copper heatpipes a little dull. As we saw in our testing of the ETS-T40, the color coating doesn’t reduce cooling performance, so there’s no form-versus-function tradeoff to going with a snazzier-looking finish. If these Lepa designs are just as good as the Enermax offerings, I do hope we’ll see them in stores eventually.

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    • LoneWolf15
    • 9 years ago

    Some people like to color coordinate their builds. Who am I to judge?

    • LoneWolf15
    • 9 years ago

    Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding.

    • DPete27
    • 9 years ago

    +1 because of your SN and the comment you replied to.

    • DarkUltra
    • 9 years ago

    WHAT DID YOU SAY?!

    • smilingcrow
    • 9 years ago

    Missionary style alien on legendary creature action. Nice!

    • chuckula
    • 9 years ago

    It would be like a mood ring for your CPU… AWESOME!

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    Hmmm…. Not much interested in these, but it leads me to wonder how difficult it would be to apply a thermoreactive coating to at least the outer sides of the cooling fins that changes colour according to the temperature of the fin – basically giving a false-colour heat profile of the fin(s).

    I have no clue how expensive that would be, but it could actually be useful (at least to FX-95 owners).

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    Most fans are black, and most heatsinks are silver…

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 9 years ago

    Eh. I’m not a fan of window cases. I’m a fan of cases that are as dark and lightless as possible. And I’m not a fan of fans with lights on them, either. So yeah, color-coordinated heatsinks are meh to me.

    Really wish they’d just make black fans and silver heatsinks and make so many more of them by axing these color options they can drop the price some due to economies of scale.

    • DPete27
    • 9 years ago

    That green one would look pretty nice on top of an Asus Sabertooth / Gryphon mobo.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    I feel the same way about this as I do with cars or other products. When you add bling you are telling me you have run out of actual, useful features in your product. I will look elsewhere.

    • DrD
    • 9 years ago

    Awww, you guys need to lighten up 😀

    • trackerben
    • 9 years ago

    It’s the birth of fan racer culture. Just wait for the ghetto and green versions

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    If I had to wager a guess, I’d say these will see much more success in Asian markets than in Western ones.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 9 years ago

    yay now my cpu fan can match my nails #accessorize

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Amen, I HATE windowed cases. They just look so damn cheap.

    • f0d
    • 9 years ago

    i personally dont like the flashy looks of heatsinks with led fans and in different colors
    every case fan / heatsink fan and just any fan in general i have purchased i rip all the led fans out and replace them with no led fans

    i prefer the plain black look like the previously mentioned all black be quiet dark rock pro 3

    these led laden multicolored heatsinks remind me of hyundai owners with standard cars and massive wings on the back with huge bodykits on them and full body wraps on their cars – all flash and no go

    (edit :nothing against hyundais they are great cars – just the owners that do things like this to them)

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    same here. i have no shame when i look for the best bang for my buck. I ended up going with the Zalman CNPS10X from a rebate deal for $10, which, buy the way, looks very very similar to this unit. shameless, i say!

    • nanoflower
    • 9 years ago

    I hope they stay in stores. I know some people love to go for the bling for their PC but I much prefer something more muted.

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