Filling the loop was extremely easy - especially with the top and sides of my case missing (currently away being resprayed!). Information on how to fill and leak test your loop can be found here
, but I have to admit cutting corners and hooking it all up without prior testing.
During the first run of the loop I left the cap off of the reservoir to allow for air bubbles to escape. After just over 8 minutes of continuous running, the coolant was running clear and no air bubbles could be seen or heard flowing through the pump, which is a massive improvement over using a T-line setup.
Reservoirs I've owned in the past have had a tendency to make 'sloshing' sounds when used in conjunction with a high powered pump. I'm pleased to say that the XSPC Bay Reservoir does not suffer with this problem to the extent of other manufacturer's reservoirs.
Even without the aid of a UV cathode we can see the potential that this reservoir has to look very sexy with some UV water dye. Unfortunately my camera totally refused to take any in-focus pictures of the reservoir in the dark so I had to settle for some daylight shots instead!