Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower Case Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The build quality and design of the Rosewill Legacy MX2 PC case is top notch, the brushed aluminum is flawless and smooth all around the case.  The entire case doesn’t scream for attention, it sits quietly back knowing people will check it out the moment they see it.  However, looks aren’t everything, a case needs to be functional and have the necessary features today’s users demand.

Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Full View

Externally, the Legacy MX2-B features a slim line slot loading optical bay, USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on the front (I wish it was four USB 3.0 ports, an adapter could be included for those that still need USB 2.0), while internally it has support for ATX, Micro-ATX, ITX and UATX motherboards, SSD and three hard drives can be installed in the case.  The lack of 5.25″ device bays might turn some away, however 5.25″ devices are starting to disappear.    Without any 5.25″ bays, and just a few 3.5″ bays, the power supply is hidden at the front of the case which makes the case a bit smaller than most mid-towers, measuring 7.87 x 16.57 x 17.52 (WxDxH) inches.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Full Install

Once everything is installed properly, the side panels pop back onto the case without any resistance.  On the back side of the motherboard tray, there is plenty of room for power cables to be routed with almost 1 inch of space, which is the size of a US Quarter. Unfortunately, as nice as the Legacy MX2-B is to look at, there were several issues during the install.  Most can be overlooked as it is just a matter of install process.  However, a few of the issues are fairly critical.  The biggest issue we found arises if you are using a standard ATX motherboard. With a standard board in this case you basically lose the ability to access to all the bottom ports due to the bottom two case fans blocking access to them.  This can easily be resolved by removing the case fans, but you’ll have to be willing to give up your lower fans.  Rosewill wanted a case that was compact and this is the one concession that you’ll have to make to use a standard board in this chassis. If you are using a mini-ITX or micro-ATX motherboard this wouldn’t be an issue as the board wouldn’t come down this far.

Rosewill Legacy MX2 Install MB Bottom

The Rosewill Legacy MX2 mid-tower case line is available in two models, the MX2-B which is black, and MX2-S which is silver.  Both cases are available online for $199.99 shipped and come with a 1 year warranty.  That price places it at the higher end of mid-tower cases. Right now Newegg has 347 Mid Tower computer cases ranging between $23.99 all the way up to $361.55. There are hundreds of choices when it comes to searching for a mid tower, but half the fun of building a PC is finding the case design that is right for you. Rosewill knows that enthusiasts are looking for high quality computer cases and that they are willing to pay a price premium for a slick design.

Legit Bottom Line: The Rosewill Legacy MX2-B is a beautiful case that is fairly compact and as a result things are tight, maybe too tight for some.

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  • Angelika

    the ssd is supposed to go on the outside of the bracket, so there’s room between the motherboard and the ssd for air to flow. This also makes it fit nicer without movement.

  • 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