XFX Type 01 Bravo Case Review: Introduction

Companies often try to diversify their product lineup into other market segments, and today's review is such an attempt. XFX began as a graphics card manufacturer, later branching into motherboards, power supplies, and now cases. Today we're reviewing the Type 01 Bravo today, first ever PC case from XFX.

XFX is a company traditionally focused on gamers and their marketing has always been gaming-related -- they started by making graphics cards, after all. Thus, it is no surprise that their first case is being marketed as a "gaming case". On paper, the Type 01 Bravo is a feature-packed, roomy mid-tower PC case and, with a retail price of $129.99 plus shipping, it appears to be reasonably priced. But there's more to making a good case than paper specs, so let's find out if the Type 01 Bravo is is actually worth buying.

XFX Type 01 Bravo Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Drive Bays External 3 x 5.25"
1 x 3.5" (using a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter)
Internal 5 x 2.5" or 3.5" (upper front drive cage)
3 x 3.5" (lower front drive cage)
Cooling Front 1 x 200 mm (included)
Rear 1 x 120 mm / 140 mm (140 mm included)
Top 1 x 120 mm / 140 mm (optional)
Left Side 3 x 120 mm (optional)
Bottom 1 x 120 mm / 140 mm (optional)
I/O Port 2 × USB 3.0
2 × USB 3.0
1 × Headphone
1 × Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 175 mm
PSU Any
GPU 340 mm (with 3.5" drive cage)
370 mm (with 2.5" drive cage)
Dimensions 562 mm × 232 mm × 518 mm (H×W×D)
22.2 in × 9.2 in × 20.4 in (H×W×D)
Prominent Features Unique XFX floating case design
Modern minimalist design style
Seamless hidden disc drive bays with folding doors
Open Mesh Bottom With Filter
Water Cool Ready
Isolated bottom mount PSU design
Solid and light ABS plastic construction
Standard Mid Size tower height
Full ATX motherboard compatibility
5-year warranty (with registration)
Price $149.99 USD (MSRP)
Online: $130 (plus shipping)

Packaging & Bundle

 

We received the Type 01 Bravo in a very simple, brown cardboard box. There is virtually no artwork on the box at all, with the exception of horizontal stripes that resemble the corrugated theme of the case. Inside the box, the case is protected by thick, individualized expanded polyethylene foam slabs, enhanced with a cardboard shell. The box is understated but looks to provide a decent amount of padding and protection for the case.

XFX did a decent job with the bundle as well. Although nothing really special is supplied, the company packages everything into individual, labelled plastic bags. Aside from the screws and standoffs, XFX also provides a few cable ties, a 5.25" to 3.5" front panel adapter, and a basic manual.

XFX Type 01 Bravo Exterior
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  • asendra - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    I know this is not directly related to the post (which by the way, that's an ugly case if I ever saw one..) but, can anyone point me what brand are those power cables he is using with the psu? I know they are not the standard ones for that psu, and I've seen them in more places, but I can find them any where. (maybe I don't know how to look for them)
    I have a new build with a node 304 and a seasonic g-650 psu, and cable management is a issue with the cables it came with.

    If anyone can shed some light, I would really appreciate it.
    Reply
  • munim - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    It could be MDPC sleeving. Reply
  • Ninhalem - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Doesn't look like MPDC sleeving. The weave isn't as tight as MDPC. More like paracord or LutroO Teleios. Reply
  • jmbnbn - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Although I can't be sure, I suspect these are the Corsair provided sleeved cable sets:

    http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/power-supply-units/ps...
    Reply
  • jmbnbn - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Also yes, that is a horrible looking case. The front kind of reminds me of the Dell XPS 720 though, which makes me slightly sympathetic because that was a great case. Reply
  • E.Fyll - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    jmbnbn is correct, Corsair supplied us with these colored sleeved cable sets specifically for these reviews, as we wanted the cables standing out in the pictures. Reply
  • arealMESSiah - Saturday, May 17, 2014 - link

    They look like the Corsair individually sleeved cable kit.
    http://www.corsair.com/en-us/individually-sleeved-...
    http://www.corsair.com/en-us/professional-individu...
    Reply
  • RonanH - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    that is one fugly case :o Reply
  • AndrewJacksonZA - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    <fluff>
    Typos on page 3:
    "(along with the red XFX logos on the sides) are teh only exceptions." Spelling.
    " You'll also want to make you don't tie that cable down anywhere" Missing word.
    "the width of the drive cage can be reduced it can be removed completely" Missing comma.
    </fluff>

    In my opinion the case is... an acquired taste. I'm sure some people will like it, but not me: the ventilation slots made me think of boring office computer cases from the early 2000s.

    Also, it's a pity about the thermals and noise of this case.
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  • LordOfTheBoired - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Oddly, the slots have made me think only one thing, since I saw the picture of the box. Large flat space, end-to-end slats, small flat space... at least from the side, It's a chubby NES. Reply

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