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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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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¬†




    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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