Summary: The BitFenix Survivor has a top-notch finishing and sleek look. Due to its carrying handle, it is a really nice option for gamers that play on LAN parties. It is also a great case for users looking for a good-looking case full of features.
Conclusion: There are however some changes that should have been made in advance of launch. Firstly tool free installation of optical drives is expected on high quality cases, PCIe cards too to a certain extent. We would also have liked to see a side panel removal process which didn't include taking of the back corners of the case too; it adds extra time to something which should be simple.
Summary: Caseking send us another mid-tower sized case to have a look at. Today's star is the Bitfenix Survivor Core case. At first glance it might look a bit dull and simplistic, but the Survivor Core case's looks can deceive. On the inside is where the real fun is at ! In the mood for something different ? Something more spacey looking ? Tired of square or rectangular angled cases ? This one is made for you then...
Summary: Now that we have a clearer notion of what exactly retail Survivor enclosures will look and behave like, I have no problem updating the recommendations from our original review.
If you don't work inside your PC very often but are an inveterate LAN gamer who requires a quiet, compact, and portable machine packed to the brim with enthusiast-friendly features like USB 3.0 connectivity, liquid-cooling support, and childishly easy-to-use hard-drive bays, the Survivor is...
Summary: We like the rugged good looks of the Survivor, even though its LAN-specific accoutrements (besides the handle, it also includes a peripheral lock and graphics-card strap) are of questionable practicality. It could definitely use a few more fans and a little more room, and the side panels are a pain to remove and replace. But for a LAN-ready mid-tower that can take a few hits, the Survivor is pretty rad.
Pros: Case can take a few hits; handle sturdier than it looks; can support long graphics cards.
Cons: No rear fan (?!); side panels are hard to remove; GPU strap nearly useless.
Excerpt: Even though they are a new company, BitFenix is made up of veterans of both the technology and gaming industries. The goal of BitFenix is to create hardware and peripherals that allow the end user the utmost control and provide strength and performance. Back in September of this year we looked at their first case, a full tower they named Colossus . Today we are looking at the second case offering from them, the Survivor.
Excerpt: BitFenix's Survivor case has a sleek, innovative look, outstanding feature set and a well-appointed I/O panel all packed into a Lan-friendly case with a rugged finish and sturdy handle. The interior is very roomy, for a mid-tower and has some outstanding cable management features and nicely configurable storage options.
Summary: After all that poking and prodding inside the Survivor, I'm left with a bit of a mixed impression. On the one hand, BitFenix has succeeded in cramming in an impressive number of nice little features and additions, including the dual USB 3.0 ports, the S2 cable-locking scheme, the easy-to-use hard-drive trays, and the "stealth" button that disables LEDs. This case looks good, too, and I'm very much partial to that rubber coating on the front and top bezels.