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XFX Type01 Bravo Case Review

Overall we are impressed with what the Type01 Bravo brings to the table and it is a good indication that XFX have a bright future ahead if they continue to design chassis for the enthusiast audience. It is clear that XFX are trying to differentiate themselves from the competition from an aesthetic point of view – as the Type01’s design is unique.

Even though the Type01 is finished almost entirely in plastic, it is crafted to high standards and underneath the plastic is a sturdy steel backbone. For those people who have a particular aversion to plastic we understand that the ‘Alpha’ version of the case will be constructed from high grade aluminum … so it may be prudent to wait for that version.

We were impressed with the thermal and acoustic performance of the case in our tests, although XFX only install two fans as standard. We were a little disappointed that they didn’t include an exhaust fan in the roof of the case as this would have helped to improve the air flow. Sadly there isn’t room for a 240 mm radiator to be fitted here either.

At a price of around £130 from Scan, we feel that the Type01 Bravo is a little overpriced considering the features that are on offer, but it remains a good choice for those who are looking to build an attractive air-cooled system. Those planning to build a water-cooled system should probably consider an alternative such as the Corsair Obsidian 650D.

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Pros:

  • Unique design.
  • Flexible drive configuration.
  • Reasonable performance.
  • Decent cable routing options.

Cons:

  • Lack of 240 mm radiator support.
  • No dust filters on side vents.
  • Hard drive cage cannot be removed entirely.

KitGuru says: A good option if you are looking for a distinctive case to build an air cooled system.

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Rating: 8.0.

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