SilverStone released a handful of new cases and coolers a few months back, targeting an array of price points for DIY PC builders. One of the more affordable additions to the line-up was the SilverStone Fara B1 mid-tower we’re evaluating today. The Fara B1 is priced to move at about $60, but it has the looks and features of much more expensive cases. Of course, looks can be deceiving, so we decided to get our hands on the Fara B1 to see if its worthy of consideration for your next budget-friendly desktop #PCMasterRace build.
We are going to get down and dirty with the SilverStone Fara B1 and build-up a full gaming system inside it, to ascertain whether or not it is a worthwhile purchase. Even though it’s an affordable option, certain criteria still needs to me met. For example, is it visually appealing? What’s thermal performance like? Is installation easy work with, and does it support high-end hardware? We’ll try to answer all of these questions on the pages ahead, but first lets take a look at the full specs and features below…
||Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass|
||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ATX|
|Drive Bay||External: N/A
Internal: 3.5″ x 1, 2.5″ x 4
||Front 120mm x3, 140mm x2
Rear: 120mm x1 (120mm fan included)
Top: 120mm x2 / 140mm x2
||Front: 120mm / 140mm / 240mm / 280mm
Top: 120mm / 240mm
|Front I/O Ports
||USB 3.0 x2
USB 2.0 x1
||Standard PS2 (ATX)|
|Limitation of Expansion Card||Support up to 322mm with front fan, width restriction 170mm
|Limitation of CPU Cooler
|Limitation of PSU||160mm with 3.5″ drive cage installed
||207mm(W) x 446mm(H) x 401(D), 37 Liter
8.15″ (W) x 17.56″ (H) x 15.79 (D), 37 Liter
|Pricing||SilverStone Fara B1 $60 @ Amazon|
Upon initial inspection, it becomes obvious SilverStone tried to produce an affordable chassis with the looks and features of more expensive designs. For instance the tempered glass panel is a nice touch, but the rest of the chassis’ aluminum is thin and light. There’s plenty of ventilation throughout the case, but the plastics don’t feel particularly premium. These are all common trade offs of cases targeting affordable price points though, and so far none of them are deal breakers for us.
The top panel has a large vent that’s 11.2-inches long and 6.5-inches wide. That’s a pretty large ventilation port for such an inexpensive case. Most options in this price range offer just a narrow vent. In addition, the top has multiple screw holes of various lengths, so you can adjust the fans or radiator positions to best fit your needs.
For a $60 case we were happy to see SilverStone included a magnetic dust filter. The filter worked about as well as can be expected . After a couple of months of use, we can say it’s done an effective job at filtering out any large dust particles and it’s super easy to clean. The case we tested though is the base configuration, so it doesn’t come with any fans at the top. Regardless, the dust cover is a welcome value-add for such an affordable case.
The Fara B1 we were sent include only a single fan; a 120mm rear exhaust fan. The rear port doesn’t support fans larger than 120mm, but it has multiple holes that allow a fan (or 120mm radiator) to be positioned in multiple locations.
The front panel of the Fara B1 stands out for a case in its price range. The front intake bay is able to support either a trifecta of 120mm fans, dual 140mm fans, or radiators that range from 120mm to 280mm in length.
The bottom of the case left something to be desired, though. It was difficult to work in, cramped and had clearance issues. We’ll explain in detail a little later.
We also want to point out that the SilverStone logo on the front of the case is translucent. So, if you have RGB fans the logo will glow through the font of the case. Since we were sent the non-RGB version of the case we weren’t able to experience the effect, but for a little more scratch you can make that logo shine.
There’s a lot like here, but we have some complaints as well, which we’ll cover on the next page…