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BitFenix Survivor Mid Tower Chassis - The Build and Finished Product

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:34 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: BitFenix

The Build and Finished Product




The front bezel comes off with the top and bottom rounded section intact, and is held in place with six steel tabs that lock into the steel face of the chassis. Be careful when you remove the face, the LED wiring for the logo needs to be freed to allow this to get very far from the body of the Survivor. With the cover removed we get a good look at the 200mm Spectre fan. This eleven blade fan is the source of all the colder ambient air, and has red LEDs that are controllable via the front I/o panel.




I installed the Lockdown to show how it works in conjunction with the screw positioning and the way it holds the VGA in place. I do wish the bottom drive assembly was removable though, it would allow for some pretty serious mods to go on inside this mid tower, especially making room for water cooling components. Overall I am very pleased with the results and the ease in which all of this went together. Everything including the proper lengths of wiring is covered inside the Survivor.




Reassembled and with a better idea of how the covering plastic works, you can tell it's going to be a really big pain in the rear end to simply remove a couple of thumbscrews to gain access to the guts. This is a huge dent in any thief's game plan to "borrow" your components while you are off attending to other things at a LAN event. Keep in mind to make sure everything is hooked up correctly, as it will also take you a bit of time to get back in.




This isn't my best work wiring a case, but it does show that there is only the need to hide the view of the wiring from the front. Bach here I was able to run wires wherever I wanted with no issues with the panel fitting back into place. BitFenix recommends that you break up their bundling of the wiring for the best results for each build, and as you can see I had to group extra wiring so you can see they are all plenty long enough.




With the Survivor under power the logo on the front lights up in a glow of red LED, and as you change the viewing angle, there is a bit of a red glow through the front slots and the mesh on the top. Aside from this subdued lighting, the hard drive activity and power LED are bright, but can easily be taken out of the equation by closing the front I/O cover.


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