A CLOSER LOOK CONT’D
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.