XSPC Plexi Bay Reservoir (Black)

Conclusion

Conclusion

The XSPC Bay Reservoir makes filling and removing bubbles (in under 8 minutes I might add) from your water cooling loop a breeze. Combine this with a sturdy construction, good looks and quiet operation and XSPC have a winner on their hands.

Priced at £19.99 over at WaterCoolingShop, the XSPC Bay Reservoir comes in direct competition with the likes of Danger Den and offers more features to boot.


Pro's
+ Effective at removing bubbles.
+ Makes filling your water loop a breeze.
+ Looks great (especially the black/silver versions).
+ Less noisy than other reservoirs.
+ Choice of barbs included at WaterCoolingShop
+ Competitive pricing.

Con's
- Packaging could be better.


Editors Choice

Thanks to WaterCoolingShop for providing the reservoir for review.

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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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