Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Not that long ago, we took a look at the first chassis from a predominant video card company with the Hadron Air from EVGA. In that design, they figured the smaller the better, and delivered a very compact chassis that, while very cool, limits what can be used inside of it. This time, the tables are completely turned, and we are now looking at a mid-tower chassis that has plenty of room for most typical components, and is something any user can appreciate. The company to bring you this latest chassis is XFX, and this is the first time I have ever reviewed any product from their vast lineup, but it is in no way my first XFX product as we go way back to the 7600GT days.
Since XFX is taking the larger mid-tower approach to the chassis market, this chassis offers all the formalities in a chassis. Things like normal optical bays, a modular storage drive rack, wire management, dust filters, and all of that good stuff can be found inside of this design. What is the biggest seller of this concept has to be the exterior, though. XFX has designed a chassis that is mostly plastic on the outside, and not only does it match their product line beautifully, but it allows them to bend the rules of what we consider "normal" in chassis design. Although we do prefer a chassis to be more than just looks, XFX is making a huge impression with this new design.
This brings us to why we are here today, and that is to have a look at their one and only chassis, the Type 01. So, sit back and relax as we do a lot of the legwork for you and offer our take on this chassis from XFX.
Visiting the XFX site to view the specifications, we are given everything worth writing about to describe this chassis. In the general section, the material choices as well as their thicknesses are offered, and we see the main part of the chassis is steel; it is then covered in ABS panels and has aluminum nameplates on the front and both sides. We also see that the chassis is black in color, and while they denote a window, that is only partly true. The chart below will describe all of the connections and controls available in the front I/O on top of this chassis.
The technical specifications show this chassis to have eight expansion slots and three 5.25-inch bays, one of which is convertible to a 3.5-inch bay for card readers and such. The chassis comes with three stealth covers for the trio of bays. It also offers room for eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives with removable trays, and the top section of the drive rack assembly is also removable to improve airflow or add longer cards. Speaking of airflow, the front of the chassis is equipped with a single 200mm fan, and the top has room for a single 120mm or 140mm fan. The back does also, but the second and last fan offered is the 140mm fan here. The floor can also hold a 120mm or 140mm fan. Any real plans for water cooling may need to be thought of externally as the options are very limited.
We are also given the contents list that covers what all comes in the kit, offers weight and dimensions of this chassis, and the last bit covers the five-year warranty that the Type 01 offers.
Finding the XFX Bravo Type 01 is not an issue at all; it is readily available at most of the places we hunt for pricing information. Speaking of the pricing, it is high for a mid-tower chassis. As we look around, really no matter the vendor, once shipping is included in the cost, this chassis will set you back just over the $200 US dollar mark. A lot has to really go right for a chassis with limited water cooling options and based from steel and ABS to have the need to cost this much, but we have yet to see the insides and take the time to build a PC inside of it, so we may be jumping the gun a bit here, but the bar is high, and we aren't sure XFX is up to that standard.
PRICING: You can find the XFX Bravo Type 01 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The XFX Bravo Type 01 retails for $129.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The XFX Bravo Type 01 retails for CDN$235.96 at Amazon Canada.