Introduction and Technical Specifications

We take a detailed look at XSPC’s flagship water cooling kit featuring there Photon 270 reservoir, the Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 WaterCooling Kit…


XSPC Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 V3 WaterCooling Kit
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XSPC is well known in the water cooling community for their high performance, yet affordable cooling product design. XSPC's latest release comes in the form of their Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 V3 WaterCooling kit, featuring a massive 480mm (4 x 120mm) radiator, a Photon 170 Reservoir with integrated D5 pump, and a Raystorm CPU block. They were kind enough to provide us with a sample of this kit to see how it stacks up against other liquid and air coolers we've tested previous. With a retail price at $314.99, the kit comes at a premium price, but remains a fair price considering the components included in the kit.

D5 Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo
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D5 Photon 170 Reservoir/Pump Combo with LED
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RX480 Quad Fan Radiator V3
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Raystorm CPU Waterblock
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XSPC bundled in many of their high end components into the Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 V3 kit, including the Raystorm CPU block, the RX480 quad fan radiator, the D5 Photon 170 reservoir / pump, two meters of 7/16" inner diameter / 5/8" outer diameter clear tubing, black chrome compression barbs, four 1650 RPM 120mm fans, four fan guards, both Intel and AMD bracket/mounting kits, LEDs for both the reservoir and CPU block, and all the hardware necessary to put it all together. The Photon 170 reservoir is capable of holding up to 410mL of liquid, direct feeding the inlet of the integrate D5 pump. XSPC's D5 pump can process up to 1200 lph (liters per hour) of fluid, translating to a US-style flowrate of about 5 gpm (gallons per minute). All components are copper, brass, Acetal, or glass to minimize the possibility of mixed-metal corrosion occurring in the loop.

Raystorm Waterblock Intel kit
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Raystorm Waterblock AMD kit
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Included with the kit are mounting kits for both AMD and Intel CPUs. Both kits share the same style screw poles, washers, and springs, with the big difference in the acrylic mounting plate that sits on top of the Raystorm block and the under-board hold-down plate. Both top plates are clear acrylic with an aluminum overlay and LED holes on each of the four sides of the plate.

Technical Specifications (taken from the XSPC website)

Raystorm D5 Photon RX480 WaterCooling Kit
Kit Contents RayStorm Intel CPU Waterblock
D5 Photon 170 Tube Reservoir
D5 Vario Pump
RX480 V3 Quad Radiator
G1/4" to 7/16" Compression Fittings (Black Chrome) x6
XSPC 1650rpm 120mm Fan x4
120mm Fan Grill (Black) x4
Intel and AMD RayStorm Brackets
Socket 1366 and 1150/1155/1156 Backplates
Socket AM2 and AM3 mounting kit
80mm to 120mm Radiator brackets
3mm Twin Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
5mm Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
2 Meters of Clear 7/16" Hose
24pin ATX Bridge Tool
K2 Thermal Paste
Socket Support AMD Sockets
AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2

Intel Sockets
LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150
Raystorm CPU Waterblock
Specifications Designed for Multi Core CPU’s
High Performance Copper Base 56x56x3mm
CNC Cut Acetal Top
G1/4" Threads
4x 3mm LED Holes
Compatible with Most Compression Fittings
Supports Sockets 1150, 1156, 1155, 1366 and 2011
Photon 170 Tube Reservoir
Tube Material Glass
Cap Material Acetal
Bracket Materia Aluminium
Dimensions 250 x 85 x 85mm
Capacity 410ml
General 3 x G1/4" Ports
1 x 5mm LED Hole
Individually Pressure Tested<
D5 Vario Pump
General 4 Pin Molex and 3 Pin Tacho Output
Speed Selector Dial
Maximum Flow 1200 lph (12V)
Maximum Head Delivery 3.7m (12V)
Voltage 8-24V (37W Max)
Maximum Temperature 60C
Dimensions 90 x 57 x 90 mm
RX480 Quad Fan Radiator V3
General Matt Black Painted Core
Copper and Brass Core
2 Rows of 21mm by 2mm Tubes
13fpi (fins per inch) Splitter Fin
RoHS Compliant
G1/4" Ports
6-32 Case and Fan Screws
Dimensions 130 x 56 x 518.5mm (WxDxH)
Core thickness 46mm
Weight ~ 2052g
Fans 4 x 120mm (8x with push/pull)
Inner Diameter 7/16" (11.1mm)
Outer Diameter 5/8" (16mm)
Wall Thickness 3/32" (2.4mm)
Max Temperature 60ºC
Min Temperature -32ºC
Misc Designed for use with 1/2" barbs and 7/16" compression fittings
Stain Resistant


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