XFX Type 01 Bravo Reviewhornybluecow - March 27, 2014
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XFX Type 01 Bravo Introduction:
Today we take a look at the XFX Type 01 Bravo, which is the newest and first entry into XFX Chassis lineup. Established in 2002, originally as a video card manufacture, XFX has created a name for itself with respected prices for quality products. With a focus on video cards, XFX has branched out into power supplies and now the computer chassis market, in hopes to dash its competitors with its unique design and name.
Announced back at the start of February, I was eager to see what XFX has to offer when it comes to the chassis market. The Bravo is priced at $129.99 MSRP, which puts it under the higher price range for a mid-tower. The chassis itself is fairly large and offers a distinct look for anyone who wants a mixture of the 90s look with a present day appeal. The present day appeal being USB 3.0 ports, a bottom mounted power supply, and best of all, near silent fans. Without spoiling the rest, let's move on to the review.
XFX Type 01 Bravo Closer Look:
Looking at the pictures below, the chassis reminds me of a computer you would get in the early 90s with the grated front and sides. The major difference is, XFX adds a bit of its own ideas with features we come to expect in any chassis made in the last few years. Without spoiling the rest of the review, let me first give you a run-down of the exterior of this chassis. From left to right; the front has three exposed 5.25" bays covered by individual hinged doors. The back is more or less standard as it comes with a 140mm rear fan, eight expansion slots, and a bottom mount for a power supply. The left and right side panel includes a vented section over the main components followed by a solid red bar at the bottom with the XFX logo and chassis name.
Looking at the top of the chassis, there is space for a 120mm or 140mm fan along with the I/O ports aligned down the middle. On the bottom of the case we find a couple of things; an extended dust filter, space for the power supply to get fresh outside air, and a place for a fan. Unfortunately, there is no mounts for the fan inside the chassis, which is a bit of a missed opportunity.