Bitfenix Survivor Core Midi tower case review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2011-02-25

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...

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More features and cooling results

Let's take a further look what's under the hood : To illuminate the logo and the fan you have to attach the LED fans to this connector. The mobo tray has got a humongous cutout for easy acces to the rear of the motherboard. Facilitating removal of your preffered cooling.

 

 

 

A front fan is optional, you got either the choice between two 120mm fans or one big slow spinning 200mm fan. The Front easily pops off, no screwing required. Just above the optical drive we have a preinstalled 3 1/2 inch tray to accomodate your hard drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned above, the front panel pops off easily, giving access to mount the front fans or have access to the optical drive. This thanks to these spring mountings. There's also a fixed dust filter in the front, can be removed via the 4 screws.

 

 

 

The cables are neatly secured to the front panel, no quick job done here. A shot of the handle and the 200mm fan. A slideable panel hides the following buttons and ports : On/off and reset button, button for the LEDs, 4 USB 2.0 ports, E-SATA port and the audio jacks.

 

 

 

 

Cooling Results :

Now let see if behind this engineering also hides a decent cooling beast. Overclocking the AMD Thuban 1090T to 4Ghz with 1.4Vcore and then letting it prime 12-12K for an hour.

 

 

At idle the Bitfenix case scores 1°C hotter than the Xigmatek Panthéon case (with 3 x fans at 50%) . The latter having more room inside and extra cooling. Under load we see the same phenomena. The Panthéon slightly outperforming the Survivor core case. But with an added front fan, the Bitfenix will prolly close the gap or be the better cooling chassis.

 

 

The motherboard temps are readout via AIDA64. First a half hour of idle action, this to let the interior warm up. Then we measured the chipset temps at the end of the CPU prime run.

Same picture as with the CPU temps. Slightly higher temps observed under idle as under load compared to the more spacious and better cooling equipped, Xigmatek case.

 

 

 

GPU temps remain in touch, not much to add a front fan would do miracles on this setup...

 

The 200mm fan is dead silent, only thing you hear is the 120mm fan spinning on the Thermalright VenomousX. The Xigmatek results are those of the fans spinning at 50%.

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