XSPC X2O 750 Reservoir Pump
As we saw during today’s testing when we pitted the XSPC X2O 750 Dual Bay Reservoir Pump against the powerhouse MCP655, the results were very encouraging. We normally see integrated pump/reservoir products being marketed to water cooling beginners, and as such these products often have poor quality and abysmal performance. That is not the case here with the X2O 750, as XSPC has designed a product that is top quality and pays attention to the little details that normally cater to water cooling enthusiasts. It looks sleek, and the two faceplates provided to match either black or silver cases is a welcome bonus.
In terms of performance, the X2O 750 can hold its own against an industry heavyweight, providing very respectable performance for an integrated solution. Perhaps most attractive, however, is its power efficiency; it consumes only 10w of power to move 2.48GPM (9LPM) of fluid. This is excellent to see, and it stacks up very well against the powerful and popular Liang D5 (MCP655) pump. The reservoir does a great job to bleed the air bubble in the loop, and the large coolant level window viewer is a nice feature that allows you to easily monitor the coolant level and flow.
The only detraction on what is otherwise an excellent product is that the pump is rather audible when you operate it at high voltage. You can slightly hear the pump humming but it’s not any louder than a case fan running at 2000rpm. If you crave quieter operation, however, you can eliminate the pump’s vibration noise by using rubber washers at the mounting screws to dampen the noise. This is not unique to the X2O 750, as virtually every pump on the market needs some sort of dampening material to prevent vibrations. The pump isn’t silent, but chances are your radiator fans will produce more noise, so we’re not too disappointed here.
We found the X2O 750 for about $55 USD at http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/x2o750du5bay.html, a great price point for what you get. The XSPC X2O 750 Dual 5.25” Bay Reservoir Pump is an excellent product that easily fits into just about any computer case, and offers a great combination of sleek aesthetics, great performance, easy installation and use, and all at a good price. If you’re looking to jump into the water cooling world and need something compact and reliable for your setup, the X2O 750 is a top pick.
XSPC X2O 750
Our thanks go to XSPC for providing the X2O 750 for this review.