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.