Wednesday, September 29th 2010

BitFenix Design Lab Officially Announces the Survivor Chassis

Today, BitFenix is pleased to launch Survivor – a mid-tower ATX gaming chassis that combines elegant styling with ruggedized features engineered for the mobile digital warrior. "We wanted to design a PC chassis that had ruggedized features, but didn’t necessarily look like a tractor," says David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager. "Will you be able to throw it in front of a moving bus or down the stairs? No, but you won’t have to worry about damaged hardware while driving to your friend's house or LAN party".

The unique curved design of Survivor isn't simply aesthetic. Extending past the side panels, this design helps to protect Survivor and the hardware inside during transport. The front, top and bottom of Survivor is coated with proprietary BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment, which helps protect these surfaces from stains and scratches, all while looking great. On the very front above the ODD bays is an LED-lit BitFenix logo, which users can turn on and off at a press of a button.
On top, Survivor sports a concealable I/O panel which helps maintain its clean modern design. Sliding the panel open reveals the light on/off controls, audio jacks, power and reset buttons, two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Survivor also has the ability to turn BitFenix Spectre LED fan lights on and off at a touch of a button – it's like having a BitFenix Hydra Fan LED Controller built in! Above the I/O panel is a smartly-designed hideaway carry handle. Simply lift and lock the handle in place when you need to move Survivor around, and snap it back when not in use to maintain Survivor's clean looks.

Once at the LAN party, Survivor helps to maximize your gaming experience. Survivor comes equipped with a modular hard drive cage that can be removed in order to accommodate extra-long graphics cards. With the entire cage intact, Survivor can be outfitted with up to nine 2.5” SSD drives or seven 3.5” hard disks. And to keep all your hardware running cool while you are fragging the competition, Survivor can be outfitted with up to two 200mm fans or three 120mm fans.

Have to leave your seat for a while and wonder if your mouse, keyboard and headset will be there when you return? Not a problem with Survivor. Bundled with Survivor is the BitFenix S2– an innovative peripheral security and cable management device. Simply install S2, insert your peripheral cables, and lock it to the chassis security loop using a padlock of your choice. With S2, would-be thieves will have to think twice before trying to steal your gaming gear. Also bundled with Survivor is the BitFenix Lockdown, a hardware stabilizer that helps prevent accidental damage to graphics cards due to excessive vibrations during system transport.

Survivor also includes a variety of features to make assembly and maintenance quick and painless. The CPU cooler cutout on the motherboard tray makes changing coolers a breeze, and specially-designed motherboard standoffs, internal cable management, and an almost tool-free design are a godsend for PC do-it-yourselfers. Finally, the included dust filters on all air intakes help keep Survivor clean on the inside.

In addition to Survivor, BitFenix is also releasing a more basic version of Survivor dubbed Survivor Core. This more affordable variant retains the unique styling of Survivor and grants users more freedom in terms of cooling options.

Below is a comparison between Survivor and Survivor Core:

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Survivor

Survivor Core

USB 3.0 Ports

2

-

USB 2.0 Ports

2

4

Top Cooling

BitFenix Spectre 200mm Red LED Fan

BitFenix Spectre 200mm All Black Fan

Front Cooling

BitFenix Spectre 200mm Red LED Fan

-

LED Control

Logo and fans

Logo on/off, also works with optional with BitFenix Spectre LED Fans

BitFenix S2

Included

-

BitFenix Lockdown

Included

-

MSRP

99€ (incl. 19% VAT) and $109

79€ (incl. 19% VAT) and $89




Both Survivor and Survivor Core will be available on retail shelves mid November.
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32 Comments on BitFenix Design Lab Officially Announces the Survivor Chassis

#1
Thrackan
The I/O thingy reminds me of Boba Fett:
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#2
pjladyfox
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
200 mm fans not very common . . . what on earth are you talking about, I can walk into frys and buy them, more over are you saying companies should base what they put in their cases, based on what everyone else is doing. . . they did that for many many year, hence why for many years your choice was a beige box or if you were really lucky you could buy a box in black or maybe some other color . .. unheard of! Moreover isn't the argument moot when it already comes with the fans . .. ?
I probably should have worded that a bit better. :p

What I meant to say is that, right now, there are currently only FOUR vendors that make 200mm fans:

Cooler Master
NZXT
Xigmatek
Antec

Now, out of all of these Cooler Master was the company that put their support behind the 200mm design which made them a bit more popular. Previous to that Antec was the only company that had a 200mm fan and it just went nowhere for quite some time.

Now, compare this to fans 140mm and smaller and here is what I came up with:

AeroCool
APEVIA CORP.
Cooler Master
Zaward
CoolMax
EVERCOOL
Lian-Li
MASSCOOL
Noctua
NZXT
Scythe
Thermaltake
XClio
XIGMATEK

As you can see it's a much longer list and with this many vendors being out there prices are lower and you get a nice variety of designs to choose from. You compare this to the 200mm fans and not only are fans more costly but each fan is pretty much just a variation of the one before it with only the lighting and mounting being the major difference.

If 200mm fans get made by more vendors and the prices drop then I'll change my mind but until then four vendors does not a variety make. :toast:
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
TheLaughingMan said:
Those are facts I can get from the specs sheet. Yes, running tests on items yields empirical data, but that is not fact. Empirical data is only considered fact when the test are constant and reproducible according to science. And while I trust W1zz to be fair and honest, that is not always the case. Regardless, the final verdict page with grades and if the review would recommend it or not is an opinion on all reviews.
No, a specs sheet won't provide you energy efficiency (performance:watt), only the TDP of the GPU, which is not the same thing. Energy efficiency tests are as consistent in reproduction, as any other scientific test can be, give or take negligible deviation. Applicable to my example, no review on the planet can tell you that GTX 480 is more energy efficient than HD 5870.

TheLaughingMan said:
And if you go back and read what I wrote, I didn't say anything about load issues. I was concerned about torque issues if you were to accidentally twist it side to side suddenly due to a stumble
"Torque issues" cannot be used to discredit the handle's durability. If you were to "accidentally twist it side to side suddenly due to a stumble," it's not because "that handle will snap right off" (the original point), so if a load test shows the handle to be sturdy enough, then yours is a totally unrelated argument to the handle's durability.



TheLaughingMan said:
; and it blocking 33% of the vent in the top of the case. Especially when that is the only shown vent.
On an unrelated note, I agree with you that the handle eats up valuable top ventilation space.

TheLaughingMan said:
This is getting stupid and I am done.
Your argument about load was tangential and stupid, so I'm done.
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#4
AsRock
TPU addict
Easy Rhino said:
that handle looks like it will snap right off.
Yeah just what i was thinking with a vision of the front hitting the floor and the front just smashing into bits..
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#5
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
on second glance, that handle does really look like crap. i don't trust it.
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#6
TheLaughingMan
btarunr said:
"Torque issues" cannot be used to discredit the handle's durability. If you were to "accidentally twist it side to side suddenly due to a stumble," it's not because "that handle will snap right off" (the original point), so if a load test shows the handle to be sturdy enough, then yours is a totally unrelated argument to the handle's durability.

On an unrelated note, I agree with you that the handle eats up valuable top ventilation space.

Your argument about load was tangential and stupid, so I'm done.
You are not even paying attention. I never said anything about load issues for the second time. I don't give two cents about load on the handle....that was Easy's concert. I voiced my personal opinion about how the handle is designed with a single arm. I was not trying to add to an argument or concur with Easy about the handling looking weak, because I don't agree with him. I defended a friend cause I though he was getting dismissed for voicing an opinion. Then I voice my own opinion and I get the same treatment. Now you are just throwing salt in a wound.
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#7
erocker
TheLaughingMan said:
You are not even paying attention. I never said anything about load issues for the second time. I don't give two cents about load on the handle....that was Easy's concert. I voiced my personal opinion about how the handle is designed with a single arm. I was not trying to add to an argument or concur with Easy about the handling looking weak, because I don't agree with him. I defended a friend cause I though he was getting dismissed for voicing an opinion. Then I voice my own opinion and I get the same treatment. Now you are just throwing salt in a wound.
Okay, your opinion has been made. Bta offered his opinion as well. The discussion is over and no reason to continue. Leave it be.

Thank you.
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