The BitFenix Survivor Mid Tower Case
The combination of simple lines and the SoftTouch coating makes for an attractive, yet easy to maintain exterior. Between the rounded top with the BitFenix logo and the rounded bottom of the bezel, there are three 5.25" drive bay covers and a large slotted area to allow the 200mm Spectre fan to get air.
The top of the Survivor has a cover that slides over and pops up to not only cover the I/O and keep dust out when not in use, but when all the way closed, it leaves for a smooth finish across the front. The mesh at the rear of the top is split up and that was done to allow for a handle to be placed under the plastic cover you see now. The mesh on either side allows the other 200mm Spectre fan to exhaust out the top of the chassis.
I raised the handle and opened the I/O for a basic look at both.
To release the handle you press on the front edge of it and the clip will release, allowing you to grab the handle and raise it. The handle is covered with a plastic piece so it matches the exterior, but the entirety of this handle is made of steel. To lock the handle in the open position, the left pin of the two at the top slides down and into a groove in the upright piece of steel. The other end pivots on a pin, and the sides of the steel have keyways, so when the handle is used it locks into position and is very functional.
The front I/O of the Survivor differs from the Survivor Core only by the USB functionality and the LED lighting button. Both have the power and reset buttons, eSATA and audio jacks under the pair of LEDs for PC activity. Where they differ is that the Survivor gets two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. The Core gets four USB 2.0 ports.
Both sides of the Survivor look like this. The flat steel door panel surrounded in a thick layer of SoftTouch coated plastic components. I personally like the trend that is going towards rounded case design, and this one offers the softer rounded looks while incorporating some serious security measures at the same time.
The rear of the chassis supplies grommets in holes for water cooling and a larger one for wiring to pass through. The rear exhaust venting is set to accept both 92mm and 120mm fans above the seven expansion slots with vented covers. Of course this leaves the PSU mounting in the bottom, but look closely at the plastic surrounding the top and bottom. It actually requires you to remove screws in the plastic to gain access to the door removal. While it slows you down a bit to maintain the PC, the security offered is top notch.
Under the Survivor the bottom has a large plastic rectangle to support the chassis with four large rubber feet as far out to the flat edge as possible and a pair of little round ones. You also can catch a glimpse of the PSU dust filter, but it requires the removal of a couple of screws to remove.