LEPA is to unveil a new self-contained liquid cooler with what it claims is the thinnest CPU block ever at just 12mm thick.

Designed to take on the likes of the Asetek Low-Cost Liquid Cooling devices - as seen in our tour of the Asetek research and design centre - the LEPA HDB 120 has yet to be formally announced, but has been leaked ahead of a Computex unveiling by Chinese technology site ExpReview.

Based on a similar all-in-one self-contained closed-loop concept to Asetek's products, the LEPA HDB 120 boasts the world's thinnest waterblock measuring a mere 12mm thick. In addition to its svelte dimensions, the block has the loop entering and exiting at the side, rather than the top - meaning the HDB 120 could be a winner for space-constrained mods where a traditional vertical-entry waterblock simply won't fit.

The HDB 120's tiny waterblock then connects to a 120mm radiator with in-built pump, small reservoir and fan. As with Asetek's LWLC concept, it's entirely self-contained: there's no need to add anything else to the system - and, indeed, it's impossible (by design, anyway - with time and effort anything is possible) so if you have an existing watercooling loop the HDB 120 isn't the greatest choice.

For those who want the simplest way to get started in watercooling, however, it's a tempting proposition - and adds some much-needed competition to a market all but dominated by Asetek and product licensee Corsair.

Sadly, LEPA has yet to release performance characteristics for its HDB 120. As a result, it's impossible to say whether the device will offer the level of performance buyers have come to expect from modern self-contained watercooling systems.

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