The good things about this design are pretty obvious. The aesthetics are new and something we have not seen done like this. The fact that this chassis would go great with their video cards and power supplies is also a huge plus, and there aren't many companies out there offering the full line like these for a name brand build throughout. We liked the limited noise it produced, and we also liked the average thermal results we were given considering there are only two fans. We also liked that the wiring is black inside of the chassis to blend in, and we liked the XFX grommets and the way they work around cables. We also liked the modularity of the hard drive rack, but that isn't to say we didn't find any issues.
First of all, it seems like the steel chassis under the flash and glittery exterior was of little concern to XFX. The front bezel is not what I would call "removable," and even if you can get it off, you find that the front of this chassis only offers 200mm fan mounting, so no love at all for potential water cooling mods there. On top of that, there are only two fans shipped in this chassis, and for this kind of money, we should get something loaded, not something needing us to spend more just to fill out the chassis.
Then there is the fact that with the panels off the chassis, it tends to flex in general quite a bit, and when it came time to install the video card, we almost needed a third hand to hold the back of the chassis inward as we tried to get the thumbscrews in. Even when it comes down to the simpler things like wiring, XFX failed to even try to help with the wiring, where in $100 cases, it is almost done for you with nothing to do but connect the ends to the board.
This all may be a bit harsh for us to be this hard on XFX, being this is their first venture into chassis development, but I think if they want to compete with something substantial, this design is not the way to go about it. Realizing the over $200 price point, it seems XFX has no issues charging double most other capable chassis in the mid-tower segment.
While the outside of the XFX Bravo Type 01 is stellar to see in person, and does definitely inspire a complete XFX build, the lack of water cooling options, lack of impressiveness inside, and the lack of foresight to even see that their product is just not up to what users today expect are all solid reasons in our eyes to pass this chassis by. Sorry, XFX, but if the interior was half as impressive as the exterior, I would support and even prompt people to buy this, but for what has been delivered, I just can't add my seal of approval.
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.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [XFX Bravo Type 01 Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Bravo Type 01]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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