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BitFenix Survivor

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Rated #249 in Computer Cases

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Pros: Decent airflow, full tool-less assembly, sturdy chassi, silent, has an handle, USB 3.0 connectors

Cons: Handle is really flimsy, restricted airflow, lack of instruction, nightmare to open, top connectors really cheap

I have been using my old Antec Six-Hundred for 5 years and wanted something easier to lug around. Managed to get it for 50$ and it had an handle that looked decent, how could I be happier?

Well...the handle bent on my first use, and it is supposed to be rated at 80lb (PC weights 50). It just wouldn't pop back in and when it did, I had to pry it back the other way. Then it nearly took the top fan with it as the back of the handle, when pushing it in, literally hits the top fan enough to break it if the PC is running.

And if you love messing inside the case often, just forget it. I understand the case was meant to be carried and to be secure, but having to remove nearly the whole plastic frame just to be able to access the panel is ridiculous. You can't just remove the 2 rear plastic cover and slide the panel out since the front is overlapping the corners and preventing you from opening it (once the panel is pulled back, it still cover 1 inch on top and bottom) and cause massive friction with the panel.

Removing the front panel is also a pain since it is stuck hard and you have 2 inch of thin cable that have a high chance to break when the front snaps off. Never bothered to find out if it was the fan, I don't feel like taking another chance to see if I'm going to snap it off this time. Now we get to the panel, and it's so tight it takes me 10 minutes to open one side with both hands, the case laying on it's side. I'm no weakling, but opening it for the first time took me a whole hour...let's hope I don't have to get in there often.

Now inside, there is good things to be said. Lots of cable management holes everywhere and the drive bays are solid, even the removable one is firmly stuck there when placed. The metal is thick and what is plastic feels solid, but that's about the only good things.

The manual is vague when it comes to the LED controller, and the markings on the PCB are cryptic at best. The fan wires were too short to be connected on the motherboard, but even there 200mm fans are really quiet even at max speed on molex. Pressing the LED-Toggle button often causes the computer to freeze, but it may be my PSU. Behind the mobo-tray there is barely space to make the wires go trough, had to press the case on it's side and push the panel with both hands to close it.

Now the fans, I had to remove the dust filters since my CPU temps went up 20 degree, and there is still massive restriction. Mounting an AIO can be lots of fun since unless you put the fan behind it first, the reservoir won't fit under, learned it the hard way with my Zalman LQ310. Also the top panel often get stuck while sliding open to get access to the USB and power button, and the USB plugs are barely deep enough to fit half the plug in. And don't push too hard, they seem to be held by hot glue.


So in the end, you get a nearly decent tower for a stationary rig, but that falls short on it's key features and overall design flaws. Even for 50$ there are MUCH BETTER alternatives out there.
BitFenix Survivor
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Specs Survivor Materials SECC, ABS Color (Int/Ext) Black/Black Dimensions (WxHxD) 230 x 502 x 510 mm (ATX Mid Tower) Weight (Kg) 11.10 / 9.40 (Gross / Net) Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX 5.25" Drive Bays x 3 external, x 1 internal 3.5" Drive Bays x 7 2.5" Drive Bays x 9 Cooling Front 1 x 200mm Red LED Fan (or optional 2 x 120mm) Cooling Rear 1 x 120mm (optional) Cooling Side Panel n/a Cooling Top 1 x 200mm Red LED Fan PCI Slots 7 (tool-free) I/O 2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, eSATA, Audio Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction) Extras S2™, Lockdown™, LED on/off control

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