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Originally Posted by TheGin View Post

i know it doesn't cycle well because obviously i use dye. when i used both in and out at the bottom and added dye from the top it took a few hours for the dye to not be so concentrated in the res. the only issue with the way i setup the res is that it creates foaming unless you turn the pump down from max to 3 or 4. I found no temp diff between 5 and 3 pump setting anyways.

Ok thanks for reply, I am seriously considering binning my res and just buying another one, no movement of liquid in res is unacceptable, just a bottle of liquid sitting on top of loop doing nothing.
thank you for feedback ,i will look at other reservoir now
post #92 of 337
oh believe me i want to switch to an ek tube res and pump top but to me it would just be a waste of this one.
post #93 of 337
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Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter View Post


A lemon? A fault? lol

I'm not convinced at all there is any benefit to having a visible flow through a reservoir, unless you wanted to run a temporary use show coolant like Mayhems Aurora that has a pearl swirling effect that the Photon would be no good for. Seems to me like the anti-vortex baffles are a nice feature. I really like my Photons. The purpose of a reservoir is to keep your pump fed with fluid and to trap air bubbles and the Photon manages to do both quite well. No complaints from me.

So Aurora doesn't work w/ the Photon? I have some Aurora 2 on order but if it doesn't work w/ this reservoir I won't bother trying.
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So Aurora doesn't work w/ the Photon? I have some Aurora 2 on order but if it doesn't work w/ this reservoir I won't bother trying.

Well, Mayhems hasn't added it to their list to show that they have tested it to say 100% certain that it won't work, but just knowing how very little movement of flow takes place inside the res itself, even with dual D5s on setting '5' the fluid inside the res does not move noticeably, it's essentially a stagnant zone, there's really no way Aurora will work well with it. None of the Aurora's pearl will be able to stay suspended up in the res for very long.

I'm really surprised Mick hasn't tested it yet, but I can say safely that if and when he ever does it will land solidly on the FAIL list.
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OK, I'll just order one of those adapters so I can try using the top port as an inlet instead.
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OK, I'll just order one of those adapters so I can try using the top port as an inlet instead.

That might help, but I don't understand why anyone would do that. Just like with TheGin's example above, you give up the ability to bleed air from your loop. As soon as the pump stops all the air goes out the top tube.

It's only letting TheGin open up the top because of how that tube goes to the top of a vertically mounted reservoir radiator right next to it that likewise must have a similar big air pocket stuck in the top of it. If that tube was instead going to a horizontally mounted res or anything with a larger volume above the top of the Photon all the air would go out of the top of the Photon and you wouldn't even be able to remove the tube without spilling coolant all over the place unless you had a shutoff valve or QDC (neither of which work with Aurora btw). Using the top port on a Photon as in inlet seems to defeat almost the entire purpose for having a tube res in the first place.

Edit: Now that I think about it, I suspect that how the top port is with it located above the top of the inner glass tube with 4 oval-shaped holes fluid must pass through may cause issues with Aurora's pearl clogging up there.

XSPC Photon Reservoir Fill Port

The way that port is designed those oval-shaped holes are restrictive enough it makes just filling the Photon tricky. That's by far the most common complaint about this res. If the res is straight up and down when attempting to fill it quickly becomes airlocked and you'll spill all over the place. The trick to filling the res is to tilt it (put a couple books under the feet of one end of your case) so that one or more of the holes is higher than the others for air to be able to escape so fluid can enter. I can only imagine what's taking place in there when it's used as an inlet, and with the pearl in Aurora something like that often causes problems.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 10/22/14 at 9:31am
post #97 of 337
I never used the top port in my last reservoir to bleed/fill/drain either. It just stayed closed. I fill the loop w/ the case upside-down so I had always planned on using the third port on the bottom of the reservoir to bleed off air.
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I never used the top port in my last reservoir to bleed/fill/drain either. It just stayed closed. I fill the loop w/ the case upside-down so I had always planned on using the third port on the bottom of the reservoir to bleed off air.

Interesting. That may well work for you then, barring there not being any problems with the pearl clogging the top port like I suggested may be a possibility in the edit to my last post above.

If you haven't already I would suggest asking in the Mayhems thread if anyone has successfully used the Photon res with Aurora and see what if anything gets said there.
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Like someone said earlier my return only works the way it does because of my front vertically mounted radiator. if it was else where i think there would be some back flow when the pump is shut off. I have uploaded a video of the pc shutting down and turning on to display the "back flow." this wasn't the type of setup i was going for with the res but its what it has come to and i haven't had any problems yet. i do plan to change the res and put a top on the pump.

please excuse the dust i haven't gotten to clear it all out this month =)

http://youtu.be/UkCXjcpCEIo

the way i configured mine works for me but im not sure for everyone else.
post #100 of 337
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Like someone said earlier my return only works the way it does because of my front vertically mounted radiator. if it was else where i think there would be some back flow when the pump is shut off. I have uploaded a video of the pc shutting down and turning on to display the "back flow." this wasn't the type of setup i was going for with the res but its what it has come to and i haven't had any problems yet. i do plan to change the res and put a top on the pump.

please excuse the dust i haven't gotten to clear it all out this month =)

http://youtu.be/UkCXjcpCEIo

the way i configured mine works for me but im not sure for everyone else.

it looks equally weird to back flow like this as it is cool to have a fountain and to know that the water is actually moving. I have no freaking idea if the pump is working or not lolz...
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