XSPC Plexi Bay Reservoir (Black)

Testing

Testing

I've always been one for using the T-line method when setting up water cooling in my PC's. The big disadvantage to this method is that it can be a right pain to fill the loop and also takes several hours to entice the bubbles out. Let's see if the XSPC reservoir makes my life any easier!

XSPC Bay Res Installed XSPC Res Installed

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.

XSPC Bay Res Dark XSPC Bay Res Dark

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!

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28-08-2006, 16:28:14

JN
"Today I'll be taking a look at XSPC's latest addition to their water cooling lineup - the XSPC Bay Reservoir. How does this Plexiglass box differ from others available on the market? - We find out.."

HERE

28-08-2006, 17:25:12

FragTek
Looks good mate, though I'm not a big fan of bay res's myself.

28-08-2006, 17:53:46

NoL
Neither am I frag but this is easily one of the few bay res's I recommend. It's very well made.

28-08-2006, 19:44:02

ai_01
looks good makes me want to get one =P

28-08-2006, 20:07:29

apex32
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='ai_01'
looks good makes me want to get one =P
yea, same. looks great.

29-08-2006, 05:09:26

PV5150
Man that is sexy as I was impressed that the bubble removal feature actually worked, instead of being some sort of non-performing novelty. And 8 min is so much more acceptable than the normal time required to expel/purge air from a water loop. Great review as usual Jim

29-08-2006, 05:11:31

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Man that is sexy as I was impressed that the bubble removal feature actually worked, instead of being some sort of non-performing novelty. And 8 min is so much more acceptable than the normal time required to expel/purge air from a water loop. Great review as usual Jim
Yes it's very effective. As the water is only ever pulled from the very bottom of the reservoir, none of the bubbles/foam at the top of the res is sucked back through.

29-08-2006, 05:11:31

FarFarAway
I have the DD Res that Jim didn't like and that's pretty nice too. Setting up a loop is far easier with a res and takes a whole lot less time.

I like that Res - not too sure about the XSPC logo tho

29-08-2006, 05:14:19

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kempez

I like that Res - not too sure about the XSPC logo tho
It would be nice to see a version of this res that comes with an interchangable front, so you could effectively insert some black/silver card into the front of the reservoir with whatever design on it you liked *thinks OC3D logo *

29-08-2006, 05:28:52

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kempez
I have the DD Res that Jim didn't like and that's pretty nice too. Setting up a loop is far easier with a res and take s a whole lot less time.

I like that Res - not too sure about the XSPC logo tho
Yeah the DD is a nice looking res too Kemp, for sure. Is there any volume difference between the two? The XSPC logo is a little iffy too, but I like the fluid level bar. Although I'm sure it wouldn't take too much effort to remove the logo and replace it with some self made logo out of coloured contact adhesive. On a side note Kemp, the DD res that you have; is it manufactured with screws and glued perspex panels or is it just glued. I'm worried about potential splitting and leakage?

29-08-2006, 05:53:03

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Yeah the DD is a nice looking res too Kemp, for sure. Is there any volume difference between the two? The XSPC logo is a little iffy too, but I like the fluid level bar. Although I'm sure it wouldn't take too much effort to remove the logo and replace it with some self made logo out of coloured contact adhesive. On a side note Kemp, the DD res that you have; is it manufactured with screws and glued perspex panels or is it just glued. I'm worried about potential splitting and leakage?
The single 5.25" DD res and the XSPC res hold almost identical amounts of water (the XSPC maybe a tiny bit less as it has more internal dividers).

You can buy a clear version of the XSPC reservoir, so putting your own decals over the front is easily possible.

Both the DD res and XSPC res only use glue to seal the units together. Each of the XSPC reservoirs are individually pressure tested - not sure about DD.

29-08-2006, 05:58:12

PV5150
Cool, thanks for the headsup Jim
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