XSPC RayStorm D5 Photon AX360 WaterCooling Kit Review – This Just May be a Work of Art!


The Photon D5 pump/reservoir assembly comes in its own box wrapped in bubble wrap and surrounded by foam inserts.


The XSPC Photon 170mm reservoir is a thing of beauty with its glass and aluminum construction. Also included is a single 5mm LED for lighting up the inner acrylic tube, four mounting screws and a small screwdriver. XSPC says the kit comes with a blue LED but my kit came with a white one.


The XSPC Photon 170 comes with the D5 vario pump pre-assembled to the base.



The pump is XSPC’s own D5 variant rated for 8-24VDC and 37W max. There is a small red dial to set the pump speed. The pump is terminated in a standard 4-pin molex for 12VDC power and a single wire to a 3-pin header to allow your motherboard to read the pump’s RPM. One thing that gets me here is that the fans come sleeved but the pump does not.


The inner acrylic tube in the Photon reservoir is laser frosted and etched with the XSPC logo.


The reservoir comes mounted to this nice sturdy aluminum plate. The four open holes you see are to mount the reservoir to your chassis of choice.


INTRODUCTION So you’re ready to take the dive into a full custom liquid-cooling setup - awesome. Where to start now? What radiator should I get? What reservoir? What pump? What tubing and fittings? What fans? Yes, there is a lot to learn in the world of PC water cooling and if it’s your first time getting your CPU wet it can be very intimidating. Luckily XSPC has you covered with their new RayStorm D5 Photon AX360 WaterCooling Kit. The kit comes with everything you need to setup a complete liquid system in one box. XSPC was kind enough to send…

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Amazing Hardware!

If you’re looking to get into the custom water coolign world but aren’t ready for the task of picking out each individual component XSPC has you covered with the Raystorm/Photon/D5/AX360 kit.

User Rating: 2.74 ( 17 votes)


  1. Excellent review of an excellent product, Will!
    Welcome to our little (and growing) corner of the web!

  2. This is really a great thing for the experts of Water cooling to do.. To take the Technical out of a professional water loop. Great product and Great Idea.

  3. Doesn’t seem worth the price considering the Noctua is a few degrees off and roughly $165 cheaper.

    • hahahaha its a great start that may turn into a custom loop someday, there’s enough potential for a GPU block and you are set 🙂 and it will be so much quieter

    • wow, noctua is even better than this? are you sure? i thought it was better than closed loops like h60 and maybe h100i but not this !!

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