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Silverstone Fara R1 Review: Compact ATX Mesh, With Style

A solid all-rounder for undemanding ATX builds.

Silverstone Fara R1
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System Configuration

We are using the following system for our case test bed: 

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Our motherboard installation went smoothly. Installing the power supply was a little less straightforward, but we were impressed that we could install our oversized Corsair HX750i. We did have to remove the hard drive caddy and creatively slide in the PSU before re-installing the HDD caddy, but it all fit. 

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Silverstone Fara R1

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Installing the 3.5-inch hard drive was also quick and easy with the removable tray, but the lack of anti-vibration grommets. Of course, many people have moved strictly to SSD’s nowadays, but if you have a hard drive in this slot it will rattle around during operation. 

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Finally, we also found that all the thumbscrews were overtightened. We needed a screwdriver to remove them and re-install them, which defeats the point of thumbscrews. This is minor in the grand scheme of things, but certainly annoying during the build process, especially if you aren’t prepared for it.

Cable Management

Silverstone hasn’t put a lot of effort into the cable management of the Fara R1. To an extent, we can understand this in a cheap compact ATX case, but it’s to a fault. Between the motherboard tray and the side panel there is only about 20mm (0.8 inches) of space for cables, which is tight. We’ve seen worse, but just ensure you have flat cables with your PSU or you’ll run into problems.

There are also no cable grommets included, which is fine at this price, but the biggest issue we ran into was plugging the front IO into the motherboard. There are cutouts in the PSU shroud to guide cables through to the motherboard’s headers, but the PSU blocks these, forcing us to use the furthest cutout. Using a smaller PSU would free up the middle one, but FP audio connectors are almost always at the very left corner of motherboards, so you’ll have trouble managing at least one, if not more cables nicely here. And the lack of a tint on the tempered glass combined with the white interior is rather unforgiving of black cables that you can’t hide or route cleanly. 

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Silverstone Fara R1

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Nevertheless, on the rear side, we managed impressively tidy cables with almost no effort, which isn’t something we can say about many cases. It’s a shame you don’t see this once the build is complete.