Welcome to my review of a brand new single bay reservoir pump, the XSPC X2O 500.
While I have had the opportunity to test many 20 watt+ bay reservoir pumps such as the XSPC D5 Bayres I tested here. I know from experiments such as this flow sensitivity test on the Raystorm, that CPU blocks are very resilient to operating well at very low flow rates and in custom loops we generally have much more pump than really needed. That is fine when space and cost are not high priorities, but there is a bit of a gap in pump options that are more value oriented and still have expansion and power capabilities beyond that of a CPU only loop pump. Most of the all in one kit pumps designed for CPU cooling only have pumps in the 1-2 watt range of power, but they are really maxed out and often can’t push flow much beyond about 0.5GPM. That’s where the X2O 500 fits into the picture, targeted for those that don’t have a budget or want to spend over $100 or more on pumping power, but they want something that is still expandable and capable of powering through multiple block and radiator systems as they upgrade.
A special thanks to Paul from XSPC for providing the review sample:
Since it is not yet listed on their website, I’ll just note some specifications that I can come up with on my own.
- G1/4″ Threads
- Brushed Aluminium Faceplate
- Acrylic Reservoir
- 1x 5mm LED hole
- Blue Sleeved LED provided
- Dimensions: 149 x 99 x 42mm
- 5 screws