Exterior Design

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Unwrapping the case we find the MSI Survival Pack and the case. The case is black and black mesh from the outside, with the side window giving is a peek at the blue interior.

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We will spend more time looking at the I/O panel in a moment, but on the front of the case you can see the MSI logo, three external drives, and the I/O panel.

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The side of the case we see a larger side window than the Ravager had. I am a sucker for side windows, but prefer the clear windows as opposed to the smoky version we see here. I figure I invest a lot on the inside, I like to see it clearly. However that is purely a preference thing. Turning the case to the back we can see the USB3.0 pass-through cable and the water-support holes. The USB3.0 pass-through puzzles me. Why not include an internal header cable like the Ravager? I really hate the pass-through cables and it seems a bit of a throwback. It does do the trick to getting USB3.0 support to the front of the case. The far side of the case is plain black.

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The top and I/O panel have some interesting features that make this case stand out. First the top mesh is removable and you can add up to two additional 120mm fans. Near the front we can see two integrated fan speed controls. The I/O ports also have rubber covers to keep dust and grime out of the ports. I am pretty confident these will get lost if those ports are regularly used, so personally I would have skipped this feature. I am happy to see a built-in SD Card Reader along with the usual headphone, mic, and two USB2.0 ports, and one USB3.0 ports.

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The bottom of the case includes a couple of fan opening filter covers that are removable. There is one for the power supply and one for an unlisted optional 120mm bottom fan.

Now we will crack open the case and take a look at the inside.

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #27096 13 Aug 2012 23:11
our look at one of MSI's latest cases
Arxon's Avatar
Arxon replied the topic: #27099 13 Aug 2012 23:47
Looks nice but I prefer red over blue.
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Cyphis replied the topic: #27110 14 Aug 2012 04:35
I like blue, but there is just something inherently wrong about putting a white cd reader on a black case. :ohmy:
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Twodavez replied the topic: #27112 14 Aug 2012 04:50

Cyphis wrote: I like blue, but there is just something inherently wrong about putting a white cd reader on a black case. :ohmy:


i'm slowly wondering why we even put CD Roms' on PC's anyway. JJ's got a USB one that he uses for his Mods to load Windows and Motherboard updates, but that's about all you need it for and i'm agreeing.

sorry to hijack the thread on a good review of a interesting looking case...
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Deb0 replied the topic: #27114 14 Aug 2012 05:59
@twodavez Some of us still burn physical media as archaic as that sounds.

As far as the case goes, it looks like it is heading in a nice direction but just seems wholly unfinished in its execution. With the USB3 pass through and the lack of rubber grommets in the interior it just seems like a few little things could have made this a better offering. That price range is starting to get very crowed with quality cases these days.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #27119 14 Aug 2012 10:22

Cyphis wrote: I like blue, but there is just something inherently wrong about putting a white cd reader on a black case. :ohmy:


just to make sure noone will have issues fitting a drive if they need one.

I myself stopped installing drives in my own pc's years ago

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