Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Since we don't see a lot of peripherals and cases from Rosewill, let's start with a bit about them as a company. For those who don't know, Rosewill is the Newegg in-house brand, and when they started this company, there was a very simple idea in mind. Rosewill had the plan to look at all the big sellers in many designs, not just cases and peripherals, and they now pretty much they cover the full gamut of products. Anyways, their plan for success was to get in touch with the OEM manufacturers of products and get their own name on sort of the same idea. The real kicker is that with a bankroll and almost endless room for stock at Newegg, Rosewill is also able to deliver these products at lower price points than the competition.
Going back and checking our records, it has been quite some time since we last saw a chassis from Rosewill. In fact, it goes all the way back to the Thor chassis. It may have been the fact that we stated we had a major meltdown and magic smoke come from our sample, but we also found that Rosewill were very understanding of the issue, and in hardly any time at all, we had a whole new top panel with the I/O shipped to us for replacement of the faulty component.
So, even with a bit of an issue, Rosewill support was top notch and did everything possible to alleviate said issue. To a lot of potential customers, that speaks volumes for Rosewill, as many of the larger "big name" companies may take a week or so even to recognize that they even got an email about the issue. Meanwhile, Rosewill had our replacements here in that time.
The reason we are here today is to give Rosewill a chance to erase past memories as we look at one of their newer cases to hit the market. We are going to be taking a tour of the MX2-B, which is an all-aluminum exterior chassis with steel guts, and a layout that allows for a very compact mid-tower that can still house an ATX motherboard. There is also a sister case to this MX2-B, or black version that we were sent, and that is the MX2-S, which is a silver rendition. There are lots of things to see in this design, and don't let its compact size fool you as there is still plenty of room for components, with some restrictions of course, but by the time we are done here, it will be easy to see that this isn't the "usual suspect" one runs across when looking for a new chassis.
Following the chart past the black Legacy MX2-B ATX mid-tower bit, we see the chassis is made from an aluminum alloy on the outside, while the internals are built from SECC steel and are then painted black to match the exterior of this chassis. It also states there isn't a PSU included, but they should also mention that it is located in the front and can only be around 165mm long to fit well inside of this design. Along with being able to house ITX, M-ATX, and ATX motherboards, there is room for three 3.5-inch drives, a single 2.5-inch drive, and a slot load optical drive. In the back, you will find this chassis offers seven expansion slots, while the front offers USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HD Audio connectivity.
To cool this chassis, this design employs a chimney effect setup. The bottom of the chassis has a pair of 120mm fans that take air through the bottom of the chassis and push it to the top. It is there that the third and last fan is installed, and they have used a 140mm fan here to exhaust the chassis. There are also two spots in the back of the chassis that will allow for two 80mm optional fans, but the PSU is also something to think about. In this design, the PSU is oriented in an odd way. With no ventilation in the front of the chassis as an option, the fan then faces the motherboard with the plug and switch being what the PSU sits on. So, in essence, this design allows the PSU to exhaust, be picked up by the chassis fan, and sucked back into the PSU fan. Two last notes to consider: the CPU cooler cannot be taller than 150mm, and the VGA overall length cannot be greater than 280mm.
Availability is quite high, and even though this is the Newegg brand, these cases are still widely available at other retailers and should pose no issues in getting one for yourself. What may hinder you from owning one of the Legacy MX2 cases is the pricing, though. While they are showcasing a ton of curved aluminum, and features that the normal tooling won't handle, to get the Legacy MX2-B that we are looking at will set you back very near $200 US dollars. A lot of time with more "exotic" designs, we do find value in what has been delivered, but the bar for testing is also raised, so we will be a little sharper as we look around and build inside of the Legacy MX2-B so we can better assess its value by the time we are done.
PRICING: You can find the Rosewill Legacy MX2-B for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Rosewill Legacy MX2-B retails for $199.99 at Amazon.