Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower Case Review

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Legacy MX2-B Hardware Installation

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Full Install

With the install completed, many of the components fit exactly as expected.  With the size of the case, there are some differences and little considerations that make the installation a little tricky.  With a little planning the install can be pretty painless. 

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install PSU

Installing the power supply on the bracket is not difficult, if you have installed a power supply before, this part is easy to do.  Place the power supply on the bracket and secure it with four screws.  The only tricky part will be deciding which direction the intake fan will face, towards the front of the case (where there are no vents), or towards the motherboard where it can get some airflow from the bottom intake fans.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install SSD

Next, we’ll go ahead and install the SSD on the back of the motherboard tray.  The user manual states that needs to be installed before the motherboard, however it seems the manual is incorrect.  Unfortunately, this is the first issue I ran into.  The screws used to connect the SSD so not properly secure the drive to the brackets.  There is some movement, and if you take a close look at the screws, you can see a bit of space between the screw and the bracket.  While a SSD does not have any moving parts, it is still a concern that the drive can move, even just a little.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install HDD

Next, we prepare the 3.5″ hard drives for installation by attaching the thumbscrews on the left, with rubber washers, and on the right the flat head screws with the rubber washers.  The rubber washers reduce the vibration noise from the hard drive so they are necessary, and is also part of the install process to keep the drive secure.  When the drive is slid into the drive chamber, the washers are notched for the guide rails.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install MB Bottom

The motherboard is generally installed like every other motherboard.  With the size of the case, pay special attention when placing the motherboard inside the case.  Once the motherboard was installed, it was time to connect it.  Sadly, here I began to run into many issues.  The entire row of connectors on the bottom edge of the motherboard cannot be accessed!  All the connections need to be made before the motherboard is in place, otherwise, the bottom fans will need to be removed.  Also, as tight as the space is, if the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection was on this edge, it would be totally unusable as there is not enough space for the connector.  In addition, the ASUS motherboard uses the Q-Connector for the front power connections, it cannot be used at all with this case.  With the Q-Connector and the power connections to the case it is just too tall.  Even the motherboard debug LED is totally covered.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install PCI Expansion

Taking a closer look at the bottom of the motherboard, should a three-way video configuration be planned, it would be impossible.  The bottom PCI expansion slot is partially covered by the fans, and there is no room for a dual slot video card in the bottom PCI-E slot.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install PSU

 When sliding the power supply bracket into place, a few little things came up.  In my test build, I was using a modular power supply, power cables have to be installed first and fed through the hole in the back in order for them to fit.  They do fit, but it’s a tight fit; some modular connections might have problems.  Also, when sliding the bracket all the way in, it was held up by the power supply cables, they need to be pressed out of the way in order for it to be secured properly.  If the cables on the power supply are rather large, it might be a little difficult to get the bracket to slide all the way in.  However, I could have turned the power supply around so the intake port would be towards the front of the case, that was a little easier to get it in place.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install MB Tray

With everything installed, I wanted to check out the options on the back of the MB tray for cable routing options.  There are over 21 cable tie locations to secure the cables, and just under an inch of space for cables to fit.  Without doing anything special to route the cables the back panel snapped into place without any issues.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Full Install

The final step was to install the video card, the Gigabyte HD7870 is 280mm long, which is the maximum size for the Legacy MX2-B.  It could not be installed straight in, I had to move it into place at an angle then put it into the slot once it was past the power supply bracket.  Of course, once again, the easier way would be to install the video card before the power supply; especially if it is longer than the motherboard at all.

With the amount of available space at the top of the case, I would assume the 140mm exhaust fan could be swapped for a small radiator, allowing for some liquid cooling options.  There are no options for installing a larger dual fan radiator without doing some mods.

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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

      ??