XFX Type 01 Bravo Reviewhornybluecow - March 27, 2014
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XFX Type 01 Bravo Closer Look:
Removing the side panels was as easy as it will ever get. Held in place by two thumb screws, once removed, the panel can be taking off by pulling the notches at the end. Unlike most cases, these panels did not put up a fight and came off with minimal strength. Behind the panel you have the ability to mount up to three 120mm fans, but take note that the top two may interfere with the CPU cooler.
The XFX tool-less design is very effective and easy to figure out. The 5.25" bays have a simple lock-in mechanism, which you need to push down and slide to the right for it to lock into place. The hard drive 3.5" bays have cross support for either a standard drive, which snaps into place by plastic built-in pins, or a 2.5" drive that can be screwed in. Alternately, XFX included 2.5" bays that follow the same tool-less larger bays.
By default, the bottom 5.25" bay is used as a device bay for things like a media card reader, fan controllers, or even a temperature display. This can be removed if necessary, and finally, the top of the chassis supports either a 120mm or 140mm fan.
To continue the bay discussion, the Bravo has a removable cage, which can be converted into a 2.5" bay explained above. The other option is to remove the cage completely, to give more than enough space for any video card on the market. Also behind the tray is 20mm of space, which is enough to run necessary cables like the 8-pin and 24-pin CPU cables. There isn't a whole lot of extra space to hide the leftover cables, so you may have to pick and choose what goes behind the tray.
After everything is assembled you can see a bit of the components through the grated section. Installation of the components was fairly easy and for the most part, I just had to keep on eye on what I was grabbing while moving the chassis around. The main problem I've found, is installing fans on the side panel, because of where the mounts are. Basically, it is impossible if you have a CPU cooler around 160mm because it will bump into two of the three possible case fans. The solution is to either use a lower CPU cooler or get thinner fans.