Originally Posted by eternal7trance
Why not go with a bigger version of the prodigy instead of the same old boring black box that is already flooding the market? Would be a nice design to go with. I originally wanted a prodigy until I saw it was only mini itx boards. And to make it different make it as small as you can but still fit an atx board.
Edit: Or even Micro ATX.
Bigger version, with the motherboard in a horizontal position? We've laid it out, and the cube design looks great as a HTPC, but on a desk, it really isn't efficient. You have unlimited space upwards, limited space across your desk.
Originally Posted by Robilar
I asked about a year ago on the Bitfenix forums about the availability of a mesh or windowed door option for the Bitfenix Survivor. To date no response. I also emailed and asked a similar question. The response was non committal at best.
Bitfenix had a great design concept with the Survivor, competing directly against the NZXT Vulcan, Antec Lanboy and Coolermaster Scout; ie a portable case with a carrying handle. Where the case fails is in airflow and internal temperatures.
I understand that a solid door improves acoustics for a silent case (although the Survivor is tailor made for a gaming case on the go. If someone wants a silent portable case, a mini ITX or even MATX system is more feasible) but a single low pressure intake fan blocked by hard drive cages simply doesn't cut it.
2 easy improvements? cut a hole in the base of the case in front of the power supply for an optional 120mm fan mount. Provide a door with mesh mounts for a variety of fans (ideally the Bitfenix Pro 200mm). One overclocked gpu and cpu in the case in it's stock config and internal temperatures are higher than any other enthusiast case I tried. Add a honking big door fan (200mm because they tend to move more air while being quieter) and you have a niche case, something not easily compared to.
Currently, the NZXT Vulcan is discontinued, the CM Scout has limits in video card length without extensive modding, the LanBoy is more of a showpiece than a functional case. The new Corsair C70 is way overpriced...
It's my opinion that Bitfenix missed the boat on this case and with a couple of simple modifications, would have an very popular box. Just have a look at the Coolermaster Storm Scout thread here at OCN. There are 1000's of posts and 100's of owners (at least).
Lets address a few things. Survivor was a great concept that had great design. As the 2nd case that was launched in our line up, some little things were overlooked, but it still remained a great concept.
That being said, we won't be patching it. Adding band-aids solves problems, but at an expense. The time put into fixing, patching, trying to fit things into the same dimensions, could be put into designing a new chassis all together where there are no restrictions. This is where we take suggestions. I'm am 100% certain that your suggestion was looked into and considered by our development team.
With regards to mesh on side panels, increases noise from the turbulence (as said), and is a dust magnet. We've had a poll with the Shinobi XL on whether or not to have fan grills on the window - There was a clear winner from multiple sources. Mesh is in fact worse than acrylic because of it's frail structure resulting in the strength of the case.
Originally Posted by bigkahuna360
Can we see see an awesome Prodigy-like mATX case?
Prodigy-like, as in a mATX case that will be just as anticipated? If we did it once, we can do it again.