XFX Type-01 Series Bravo Edition PC Case Review

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[section_title title=Closer Look – Interior]Closer Look –¬†Interior

Getting a first glance at the inside of the Bravo and there surely looks to be plenty of room for hardware and some water cooling gear if that is your thing. To the right of the inside are eight hard drive trays, which depending on your preference, can be used for 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives and above those are the three optical drive bays. Working our way to the rear of the case and on the motherboard we can there are plenty of holes with rubber grommets to allow for easy cable management no matter the size motherboard you may install, there is also a cutout that should hopefully be big enough to allow for CPU cooler changing and installation without having to remove the motherboard once installed.

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Looking towards the rear and top, we can see where the exhaust fans will go. Taking a look at the top and there is only room for one 120/140mm fan which is a bit odd, there is no lack of ventilation in the Bravo but for a case of this size it would have been nice to see room for at least two 120/140mm fans which would have also allowed for either a 240/280mm radiator. When looking at the exterior of the case it is easy to see why XFX chose to only allow for one fan in the top as per normal but I still feel they should have figured a way to allow for 2 fans in the top.

The Bravo is designed to support up to three dual-slot graphics cards and as such has 8 PCI expansion bays. Looking at the back we can also see a couple of grommet holes that will allow for water cooling tubes to be put through to the outside of the case, something which is important for this case.

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The bottom of the Bravo has 4 rubber feet to sit the PSU on to help reduce noise/vibrations and also features a bit of padding on the rear of the case to further reduce vibrations caused from the PSU. The bottom of the Bravo also has a nice long vented area to allow for better airflow throughout the case.

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Here is where things get a bit interesting. Both of the side panels feature vented areas with places to mount fans which are not so odd for the main side panel to have such features, but the rear has them as well. Taking a look at everything the Bravo boasts room for up to eight fans, one in the front, top, rear and bottom. Now this still leaves room for four more fans, two and on each side panel. Well, why does one need two fans on the rear side panel that is set behind the motherboard tray? My guess is while it mentions it can accommodate fans, it is meant for those fans to be connected to a radiator allowing for a unique take on water cooling and this could be why the rear of the case features four separate holes designed for water cooling.

There is now definitely no denying the Bravo features a very unique design and while the vented side panel may have not originally been designed for holding a radiator to begin with, I really don’t see any other reason for it to be vented as such.

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Not a whole lot going on around the backside of the motherboard tray but I didn’t suspect there would be. To go with the holes designed for cable management, XFX have placed some slips accordingly to allow users to zip tie their cables and direct them how they like.

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