BitFenix Survivor Mid Tower PC Case ReviewFri, Dec 10, 2010 - 12:00 AM
External Impressions of the BitFenix Survivor
With the Survivor out of the case it looks really nice. The SofTouch coating looks great. In the lower front is the front 200mm intake. Above that are the three 3 external 5.25″ drive bays. At the top is the BitFenix Phoenix logo.
Looking at the top the front I/O ports are covered with a door that slides out of the way. In the back is the top 200mm exhaust fan. Down the center is where the Survivor’s carry handle hides when not in use.
The Handle swings up and locks into place and does make the case very easy to move around. BitFenix says the handle can support up to 40kg, or 80lbs of weight.
Under the sliding door are all the front I/O ports: 2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, eSATA and Audio. The power, reset and LED controls are also here.
Looking at the side of the Survivor it is a blank slate on both the right and left.
Looking at the back of the Survivor we can see there are two water cooling pass though holes at the top. To the side of those is a tall oval slot. This is for running the USB3.0 cables to the rear of the case. Just below is the spot for future user installation of a rear 120mm exhaust fan. There are 7 expansion slots. Each of the slot covers are made of mesh.
At the bottom are the power supply and the rear corner feature. To get the side panel off this has to be removed. More on that in the next section.
Looking at the bottom the SofTouch coating is continued front to back. There are 4 large rubber pads on the corners of the case; in the center there are 2 small round rubber pads for feet. Here we can also see the dust filter for the power supply area. Sadly, the filter cannot be removed by sliding it to the front, but out the back. In order to go out the back the corner detail needs to be removed first.