Unarguably, I did have my reservations reaching for the LEPA BOL.Quiet Tri-Speed fan to replace a much worn Yate Loon D12SL-12 on my CPU cooler, but after using it for a few days I can honestly say it was money well spent.
The LEPA brand might seem like a new player in the air cooling, PC case and PSU market, but make no mistake – it’s owned by Enermax and was established in 2010 as part of the company’s general overhaul process. Essentially, LEPA’s product range is very similar to what the old brand offers, but is just a bit different.
The fan in question is a 120mm, 1600RPM PC case fan with a 3-PIN connector, and comes with 5V and 7V adapters that reduce the RPM down to 800 or 1100, respectively. It’s the perfect feature for people who do not own fan controllers or do not wish to use additional software for handling fan RPM, so congrats to LEPA for providing the two adapters.
Here’s what the manufacturer lists as their product’s main features:
- LEPA modular frame with LEPA logo halo ring design to increase more airflow
- S-blade with winglet design to improve cooling efficiency
- Patented Barometric Oilless (BOL) Bearing for long life span and silent spinning
- Extra 7V / 5V adapter provide 3 speed modes for maximum flexibility
- Rubber screws to reduce vibration and keep silent operation
- Removable fan blades for convenient cleaning
But what does real life say about the fan? Well, noise-wise, running at ~800 RPM the fan is practically inaudible from more than 50cm away. This is a great, as the product is indeed addressed to silent setup fans like your humble author. I don’t need a fan in my case to be a real powerhouse in terms of airflow, but I do insist on low noise operations. The LEPA Tri-Speed fully meets this demand for silence until you park it at 950 RPM. Crossing the magical barrier of 1000 revs, the fan starts being audible and if you go higher, it becomes quite noisy.
Visually, the fans looks just great and has a pretty high ‘WOW’ factor. Just look at the pics – isn’t it sleek as fuck with the Halo frame and tinted blades?! One last feature that is truly great about this fan is that it can be disassembled into three separate parts, which is a great thing to be able to do as cleaning computer fans is often hard work. Thankfully, it is nothing like that in this case.
Overally, we are dealing here with a very well designed and well constructed product that delivers what the manufacturer wanted it to deliver – good airflow and silence at an affordable price. This is not a top-range product, but performs extremely well in its price range and is a very strong competitor to the Noiseblocker Fan XL, Enermax UCTB and BeQuiet Pure Wings 2 for a silent, mid-range gaming build.
Overall rating: 8/10