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Rosewill Legacy W1 Mini-ITX Computer Case Review

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Building in the Rosewill Legacy W1

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So far the Legacy W1 is shaping up to be a quality chassis, but the build process has a way of highlighting any quirks. Let’s start placing some components in the Legacy W1 to see if we can discover any further details.

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The power supply installs like in any other case, but the bottom will need to be clear of any other components (since you’ll need to slide it in from the side). At least there aren’t any length limitations like in the Prodigy cases, and there’s more than enough room for cable management.

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Hard drives are next. While 2.5″ drives will install in the “floor” of the chassis with the power supply, 3.5″ drives will need to be slid into the existing drive cage rails using these thumbscrews and rubber/silicone grommets. Only two out of the three mounting points can be used (the middle and the front), so some drives may run into issues here. These mounting points are pretty standard among hard drives, but I can remember a 3.5″ SSD that only had screw holes at the front and back of the drive (of course, that particular drive could just be left sitting on the bottom of the drive cage).

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While it isn’t completely tool-less, this mounting system seems stable enough. Once the thumbscrews and grommets are attached, simply slide the drive in. The SATA power/data connectors will face the GPU side of the chassis.

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To completely secure the HDD a red bracket is attached with two screws (the bracket is backed with foam/vibration dampening material too). There isn’t clearance here for thumbscrews, but I wish there would have been. It seems unfortunate to get this far and have to pull out a screwdriver, but I’d rather have more room on the other side for graphics cards anyway. The threads here seemed a bit out of spec – I thought I was using the wrong screws at first, but according to the manual they were the correct ones. The threads didn’t seem as precisely tapped as the rest of the chassis, and I wonder how long they would hold up under repeated installs. A minor issue to be sure, as it only stood out due to the high level of finish throughout the rest of the chassis. I suppose you could forgo these brackets altogether, as the rubber grommets do a pretty good job of keeping the drives in place.

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The installed drives are easy to connect to the rest of the system and the two grommeted cable routing holes make it easy to keep cables managed (although now that I look at it, I really should have run the data cable through the right grommet and power alongside the 24-pin connector on the left!). There’s enough spacing between the drives to let some airflow through to the motherboard too. If you’re only using 2.5″ drives (in the bottom compartment), you could opt to remove this drive cage entirely for even more airflow – you can see two of the cross-tip screws securing this cage in place in the picture above. Simply remove the screws and take out the cage – this would free up room for push/pull 120/140mm AIO coolers (even those with thick radiators) for use in the front intake location.

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The specifications list enough room for 215mm-tall CPU coolers (do they make any that large? Someone will prove me wrong in the comments…), and you can easily see that practically any large CPU cooler would fit in the Legacy W1. I’ve often found the motherboard is the most limiting factor for CPU coolers and ITX builds anyway, but it’s nice to know the case itself won’t get in the way (if anything, it just gives you easier access to components during the build process).

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I would have liked to see a slightly larger cable opening by the motherboard though – by the time it’s filled with fan controller cables and other miscellaneous cables, it’s tough to thread that 4-pin CPU connector through there too. Thankfully I didn’t have to deal with an 8-pin connector for this motherboard, but if you do I’d recommend routing that cable first.

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There was more than enough space available to fit EVGA’s version of the GTX 660, and cards up to 320mm should fit without much of an issue (most cards that long have their power connectors on “top” as well). I didn’t bother with any cable management, since the bottom compartment doesn’t receive any active airflow anyway – there are a few tie-down points to help though if you’d like to bundle up those cables. I would have like to see a few more tie down points, even along the top edge of that compartment (especially on the other side for the fan controller cables). Still, there’s a lot of area under here, and adding a few adhesive-backed cable tie mounts would solve that problem if you really needed a way to keep cables in line.


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2 comments

  1. BRUCE NORMANN

    That’s a very nice layout inside. I especially like two things: the horizontal motherboard with lots of room for cooling, and the HDD cage design. The looks aren’t bad, either….!

  2. realneil

    Rosewill is a good brand.
    I have two Rosewill cases, a Blackhawk, and a Blackhawk Ultra. They’re both of quality construction and well designed with the consumer in mind.
    Lots of room in both of them.

    I bought a pair of Rosewill Hive 750W power supplies about six months ago too. They are quality too.

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