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


44Mounting the fans and grilles to the Primochill mounting plate was easy.

45To install the CPU block you need to gather the above items – four screws, four springs, four metal washers and four plastic washers.

46Assemble them as shown so you end up with four identical assemblies like what we have above.

47Now XSPC for some reason doesn’t include ANY instructions with the kit whatsoever. You’ll see here we have two different sets of screws. The larger diameter with the coarse threads is for AMD installation while the smaller and finer version is for the Intel Mounting. They should have just made the Intel back plate have the same thread as the AMD unit and only included one set of screws to keep things simple.

48The backplate here is for Intel 1155/1156. The white washers peel off the stands to allow you to stick the back plate right to the motherboard for ease of installation.

49The back plate can only mount one way as the Intel socket has three screws – hence the “T” shaped cutout.

50Now this is where installation can get kinda tricky. You apply your favorite TIM and set the block onto the CPU. If you’re doing this in a case lay it on its back so the block stays in place.

51Then you set the bracket over the block as shown.

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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