Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower Case Review

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Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower Case

Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Full View

The Rosewill Legacy MX2 Mid-Tower case line is currently made up of two models, the MX2-B and MX2-S; the MX2-B is black, while the MX2-S is silver.  Both cases can easily be found for $199.99 w/ free shipping.  The Legacy MX2 line has a very minimalist look to it, however the curved edges and open bottom give it a high end look.  The exterior is made out of brushed aluminum, while the interior is steel.  The front panel feature a slim slot load optical drive bay, standard headphone/microphone jacks, dual USB 2.0 and dual SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports.

Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Side

The Rosewill Legacy MX2-B measures 7.87 x 16.57 x 17.52 (WxDxH) inches, and weighs in at 16.31lbs.  Don’t let the size fool you, this case was not exclusively designed for the smaller motherboards; it fits  ATX, Micro ATX, ITX and UATX motherboards.  In addition, it will support many taller CPU coolers, with a maximum height of 150mm. This isn’t enough room for some of the taller CPU coolers, but it will fit the vast majoirty.  In addition, the video card is limited to 280mm, which again is just a little too short for the some high end video cards as both NVIDIA and AMD have released cards that are over 11-inches in length in recent years.

Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Interior Full

Designing a small case to fit standard ATX motherboards, some design changes had to take place.  First, there are no 5.25″ drive bays, the standard optical drive has been replaced with a slim slot load bay.  Hard drive space is very limited to three hard drives, plus one hidden 2.5″ hard drives.  Finally, the power supply has been moved from being placed at the bottom (or top) of the case, to being placed at the front of the case, mounted vertically.For cooling, there are a few options, at the bottom of the case Rosewill has included two 120mm fans, while the top features one 140mm fan.  If necessary, two additional 80mm fans can be mounted on the rear panel.

Features and Specifications:

  • CPU Cooler: Not Higher than 150mm
  • Display Card: Not Longer than 280mm
  • Ideal for Intel & AMD Systems 
  • Support Standard ATX PSII PSU 
  • Sturdy Construction Ventilations for Display Card (within 280mm).
Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Specifications
Model Legacy MX2-B
Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Black 
Case Material External: Aluminum Alloy
Internal: SGCC Steel
With Power Supply No
Motherboard Compatibility Micro ATX / ATX / ITX / U-ATX
With Side Panel Window No
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays 3
Internal 2.5″ Drive Bays 1
Slot-in ODD Bays 1
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
Audio In/Out
120mm Fans 2
140mm Fans 1
250mm Fans 0
Side Air Duct No
Dimensions
7.87″ x 16.57″ x 17.52″ (W x D x H)
200 x 421 x 445mm (W x D x H)
Weight 16.31 lbs / 7.4 k.g.

The specifications from Rosewill list compatibility for two 250mm fans and two internal 2.5″ drive bays. It turns out that this was a typo and this case has just one internal 2.5″ drive bay and no 250mm case fan. Rosewill is going through all their promotional materials and the channel to correct the mistake. They also have apologized for the mistake and hopefully caught it before too many people became upset. Let’s take a look at the packaging.

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  • Ross Z-Trigger Clutterbuck

    It’s a beautiful prototype that Jonsbo have created here, but you can harly call this complete and finished design, unless their QA department sucks.

    All that’s needed here is an additional inch, maybe inch and a half, in height to prevent the bottom fans from obstructing the motherboard. Also, the roof fan is shortsighted – a single 140mm fan? There’s plenty of space for 2 140mm fans in the roof without obstructing the drive cage assembly, and with a minor tweak to include 120 and 140mm fan mounts we could easily get a 240 or 280mm AIO water cooler up there.

  • panther063

    Selecting the wrong board for this build did nothing to show how good this case can be. A suitable m-ATX should have been installed.
    Also, having the CPU cooler facing front to back, across the flow of air isn’t the best idea.
    The case fans blow from bottom, to top.

  • panther063

    Obviously very little consideration has been given to air flow through the case, why wouldn’t they optimize it by allowing larger case fans or radiators to be mounted on the back panel?
    How is the PSU supposed to get sufficient air flowing through it without blowing out hot air through the base, straight back into the two 120mm fans?
    Even if you mount a 240mm radiator externally under the base, it would have to blow the hot air back inside to get some sort of air flow happening.

  • Luay

    Can the bottom fans feed (support) the top video card in an SLI/CF configuration? It seems the bottom card will block airflow completely, or are dual-card builds required to make use of the back panel 80mm fans?
    Would you recommend non-modular PSUs instead for this case?
    Advertising the Legacy as an ATX case might not bode well with many, and for a good reason.

    • Luay

      ??