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



The top end of the Photon reservoir has a large fill plug. This plug is not your standard G1/4″ threading though so you cannot use this as a return line as supplied in the kit – but I’ll show you a neat item later on in the review to remedy this.


The base of the Photon comes with a single sealing plug and two open ports. The port farthest to the left is the pump feed while the middle and right-hand ports are for the return.


There is a small hole in the side of the reservoir where you install your 5mm LED. I noticed that the LED does not stay in this hole like the CPU block LEDs do. What I ended up doing is bending the LED leads slightly to make it fit snugly into the res.


Here’s a shot of the inner tube lit from the included LED. It’s enough to give a neat look without being overpowering.

Alright now that we’ve gone over all of the included items in the kit I’ll install it onto my Primochill Wet Bench and test it.

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…

Review Overview


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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