XSPC designed the Photon 270 Glass Tube reservoir with PC enthusiasts and modders in mind. This is not your typical reservoir used by the faint of heart. The use of this reservoir will require some careful fore-thought. The reason why we say this is due to the sheer size of the Photon 270. This is a rather large reservoir at 11″ in length and 3″ in diameter (270x75x75mm). XSPC does have a small model available called the Photon 170 that may fit your needs. While the reservoir is large, the weight isn’t bad considering it’s glass with a mix of high quality aluminum.
Aesthetically speaking, this is one of the best quality reservoirs we have seen. When we first saw the first prototype of the Photon 270 we weren’t quite sure what to think, but after testing it ourselves in-hand, we now can say that XSPC impressed us with the design and performance. We can tell that XSPC put a great deal of thought into the design of the reservoir. Another great feature for a tube reservoir is its port design and internal baffle plate. This solves the cyclonic issue we find with most other tube reservoirs.
However, their are a some concerns that can be completely subjective. Due to the limited pre-drilled house for the mounting solution of the bracket it can be difficult to properly mount the reservoir. For PC modders who don’t mind drilling holes, this shouldn’t be a issue. Also, the LED feature is nice, but we found that it didn’t properly light the entire acrylic rode. This too can be rather subjective. Some might actually prefer the subtle fading glow.
We find the XSPC Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir to be a great deal at $64.99. The quality, fit and finish is classy and with a full 1 year warranty, you really get great bang for your buck. While we had some minor gripes about the Photon 270, those concerns are either minor or subjective. Ultimately, the XSPC Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir deserves our Editors Choice Award.
PureOverclock Editor’s Choice – XSPC Photon 270 Glass Tube Reservoir