XFX Bravo Type 01 Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

| May 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm CDT
Rating: 72%Manufacturer: XFX

Inside the Bravo Type 01

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Both doors will allow for 120mm fans to be mounted to them, but behind the tray, it will severely limit room, and on the motherboard side, they will close down the CPU cooler clearance as well. The doors will need to be pulled apart as well so that the screw heads are not visible from the outside.

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Inside of the chassis, we find the wiring bundled, but left to flop around the interior. We also spot the large hardware box at the bottom, but that has been tied to the motherboard tray to keep it secure while in transit.

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There are tool-free clips on either side of the three 5.25-inch bays, and they can be backed with screws. Good thing, too, because these locks do not hold a drive very tightly, and we advise that you use screws on top of these, or just don't bother with these clips at all.

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The storage drive rack comes in two sections. There is a top section that is removable and modular to be realigned for 2.5-inch drives, while the lower section is riveted into the chassis and houses three trays.

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Once the top section is removed, we get a bit of a peek at the 200mm fan in the front, but one wall of the rack still remains hindering air flow, but the rail to go to 2.5-inch from 3.5-inch is plainly visible on top of the lower section.

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The roof of this design offers room for either a 120mm or a 140mm fan, but none have been supplied to fill this void. That is left for you to do.

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The motherboard tray is almost completely open at the top for wiring, has an average sized opening for back plate access, has six grommets with the S-shaped cuts in them, has only six tie points, and also offers room for an ATX motherboard.

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The floor of the chassis has an optional fan location near the HDD rack, but that depends on how long of a PSU you install against the gasket on top of the little rubber feet stuck to the bottom of the chassis.

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Keeping with the black theme inside, the 140mm fan in the back is black on black and can be powered via 3-pin connection or a Molex plug. As for the eight expansion slots and future cards, they are locked into place with thumbscrews.

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Behind the tray, there is 20mm of room in most areas intended for wiring. Outside of that, there is not really much here to discuss.

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We also noticed that XFX did not even take the time to route the front I/O wiring through the management hole. They leave it up to you to have to work in the tight confines as you run the black HD Audio, USB 2.0, native USB 3.0, and switch and LED wiring behind the tray.

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