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SYSTEM ASSEMBLY

Since we haven't done a formal review of the Rosewill Legacy W1-S, let's begin with a closer look at this case. For those who are intersted in such things, the W1-S is actually a rebadge of a Jonsbo case of the same name: Jonsbo W1-S. The S stands for silver; there are black and red variants under the Jonsbo name, but the red is not available from Rosewill. As mentioned earlier, it's divided into separate top and bottom compartments. The upper part can fit tower heatsinks up to 165mm tall, enough for the vast majority, giving a great range of options.


Power and reset buttons, power & HDD LEDs, and USB 3.0 ports are on the side, near the front and bottom.

The PSU was already installed when this photo was taken.


This innocuous almost invisible switch on the back panel to the left of the exhaust fan is a built-in 2-speed fan controller with leads for three fans.

A single 140mm exhaust fan is visible in the rear, and there are vent holes on the top and left side panels, the latter obviously for a graphics card. An intake vent with dust filter is also below the PSU.

All the aluminum panels pop off with a slight tug; they feature ball-and-socket type fittings which have not become loose even after two weeks of constant popping on and off for system building and tweaking. This latching system is a nice change from the usually thumbscrews and screws, but it probably works well only with smaller panels. Bigger panels would lack the rigidity of smaller ones and need more secure support.


The aluminum panels pop open with a slight tug and close easily with a similarly positive push along the perimeter.


Panel thickness is 2mm: Enough to be reasonably rigid for aluminum but still quite light.


All panels removed, view from left side...


...and the right.
Note cables from fan controller on back panel.

The inside chassis is made of steel. A nice touch: The side and top edges of the interior frame are lined with a strip of material resembling thin weatherstripping to act as damping when the aluminum panels are in place. The drive cage is not terribly restrictive for airrflow from the intake fan, but since no HDD or optical drive is planned for this build, it's coming out. Luckily, it's all secured with screws, so the task is simple.

An Aside: Take note that if you plan to install a optical drive in this case, the drive cage must remain, and only slim optical drives can be used. Sometimes an optical drive is needed, especially for older software, but since the vast majority of current games are sold via direct download, we suggest an external USB-powered slim optical drive as the better option. An external Bluray drive like this Samsung might be handy, but if you're into lots of Bluray movies, then a built-in drive makes more sense.


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