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XSPC Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir Review

Posted July 31, 2013 by Kenny in Cooling







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Price at time of Review: FronzenCPU.com for $64.99


Internal baffle which solved Cyclonic and Vertex effect, port spacing, Non-staining Glass


Mounting Solution, Size (can be subjective)
Aesthetically pleasing reservoir for the price, the quality, fit and feel of the Photon 270 is the best we have seen in terms of tube reservoirs.
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by Kenny
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Package and Contents

When we first received the package, we expected something a little more glamorous from XSPC. We have been accustomed to the black and blue packaging we have seen from its other components; however, the Photo 270 Tube Reservoir came in a plain brown box with a bar code label. We were a bit disappointed, but it is entirely possible that this is a pre-production marketing unit shipped out in cheaper materials. We are unsure, but we suspect XSPC is likely planning to package their final retail unit with their usual marketing flare.

Here is a closer look at the label which helps identify the item very easy.

Once we got inside of the package we were quite impressed with the protective packaging. It came bubble wrapped and also was protected by foam padding all around. This is very important as the XSPC Photon 270 is made of glass.

Here is the Photon 270 out its packaging and our we were struck with its quality build. The fit and feel of the Photon 270 screams high end. Inside, we also found four mounting screws, an LED O-ring and a white 5mm LED.

Here is a closer look at the XSPC 5mm White LED and O-ring. We appreciate that XSPC sleeved the LED which gives it that classy look. The O-ring is used to hold the LED in the tube reservoir.

Let’s move forward and take a closer look at the Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir.

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    How thick is the glass? Does it seem brittle or is it more of a borosilicate glass such as Pyrex?
    Is the light bar a tube or a solid cylinder? I’m wondering how it may interact with the fill port on top and if it may be possible to mount another LED so there’s one at each end.
    I really like the o-ring mount for the LED as other brands tell you to secure the LED with glue or silicone rubber. With an o-ring you can easily switch out different colored LED’s, which is very nice.
    I think I’ll have to try one of these. There should be no problem with size in my Corsair 900D case.
    XSPC, you’ve turned out to be an excellent watercooling device manufacturer. Keep up the good work!

      cory norris

      It is not thin glass at all it has a very sturdy yet quality type glass. I just got mine a week ago.Although i wouldn’t try it, it could probably handle some minor drops. As well glass in technicality has better sound proof qualities than acrylic and i can definitely tell the look difference and feel.

        Sandy Bruce

        You are correct. I have the one used in this review. It is thick and solid. No worries about it cracking unless you do something really stupid with it. Love the way the light travels in it.


    Hi there looking at buying one of these. What are the threads like for the fittings are they very strong? As they are meant to be plastic I wouldn’t want to thread them.


      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for taking the time to read our review. At the time of testing we didn’t notice anything out of place on the threads of the port. Infact, the ports were rather sturdy. You shouldn’t have any issues with tightening down your fittings. However, as with all plastic products, don’t use too much force and you will be ok.

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