The second SFF gaming PC I built was something I wanted to do a little differently, using the same components but an air-cooled processor compared to the AIO cooler in the Raijintek version.
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SilverStone’s impressive FARA V1M PRO case had more than enough room for the Ryzen 5 3600X, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition. SilverStone sent Air Blazer 120i Lite RGB fans to fill the case, CPU cooler, and PSU.
It’s a fully SilverStone deal here with our FARA V1M PRO system, an air-cooled SFF gaming PC that is capable of pushing 4K 120FPS gaming. I had the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO Gaming PC punished with crypto-mining and 4K 120FPS + gaming, with the system holding its sides and mining the CPU and GPU all day and night for a few weeks with no hiccups.
You can fit a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboard in the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO, with a CPU cooler of up to 163mm – as far as the GPU goes, you may have a beast inside. GPU support can reach up to 379mm in length, with my NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition graphics card that fits inside seamlessly.
SilverStone supports a standard ATX power supply inside the FARA V1M PRO, so if you really wanted to add a 1000W power supply … you can. I have an 850W power supply inside which is sufficient for any type of high end PC gaming hardware.
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Features of FARA V1 M
SilverStone has a lot going on inside the FARA V1M PRO, with a nice ARGB light strip on the front of the case and a single 120mm ARGB fan that looks fantastic on the front of the case. There’s an adjustable drive case to flex a lot of storage space inside the case, and plenty of I / O and removable filters at the top and bottom to keep your SFF gaming PC clean.
You can use a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboard inside the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO, so you are not limited to Mini-ITX motherboards (because there are a lot more Micro-ATX cards than you can use inside this case).
There are no issues with the largest graphics cards on the market, with support for graphics cards up to 379mm long and 163mm high CPU coolers in the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO.
I may have used an air cooler in my SFF gaming PC using the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO, but there is also a lot of support for a 240mm AIO cooler here as well.
These are the parts I used in my build, some of the parts I had to buy myself – the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX / TB3 that I bought myself from an Australian retailer , the LG CX 77 inch 4K 120Hz OLED TV was the gift I bought myself for turning 10 here at Tweaktown, while the rest of the parts were provided to me by awesome partners from Raijintek, Sabrent and others. Thank you all!
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (buy on amazon)
- CPU cooler: SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB
- Motherboard: ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX / TB3 (buy on amazon)
- RAM: Kingston Hyper-X Predator 16 GB DDR4-3200 (buy on amazon)
- SSD: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB NVMe M.2 (buy on amazon)
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition (buy on amazon)
- power supply: SilverStone DA850 Gold
- Case: SilverStone FARA V1M PRO Micro-ATX
- Fans: SilverStone Air Blazer 120i Lite 3-in-1 ARGB
- TV 1: LG CX 77 inch 4K 120 Hz OLED (buy on amazon)
- To watch 2: Eve Spectrum 27 inch 4K 144 Hz
- Office: OmniDesk XL 2020 Series
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 (buy on amazon)
SilverStone FARA V1 M Build Photos
I actually loved the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO’s air cooler, which keeps the Ryzen 5 3600X processor cool during 4K 120FPS gaming sessions. Even the super-hot NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition graphics card has stayed below 80 ° C, the 24GB of GDDR6X memory still hits 110 ° C, but I’ll be replacing the thermal buffers soon in a new article.
SilverStone makes good use of the RGB lighting from its fans, illuminating the processor and the upper RGB fans lighting up the entire top of the PC. It sounds very good.
The SilverStone FARA V1M PRO looks great from all sides, even from the front – the RGB lighting on the front of the case and the little fan match on the front of the case looks fantastic.
Inside the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO case, my NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition graphics card was running cooler than my first SFF gaming PC inside the Raijintek PAN SLIM. There’s a lot more airflow here in the SilverStone offering, along with additional 120mm case fans circulating air through the system.
If you want to cram into a passionate-level AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6900 XT, or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, or GeForce RTX 3090 inside the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO – you have no problem. the. I installed all of these cards with no problem, and a lot of custom cards on both sides of the GPU and it was all gravy, baby.
Call of Duty: Warzone and DEATHLOOP worked wonderfully on the system, powered by AMD Ryzen 5 3600X and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. 4K 120FPS is not too difficult in Warzone thanks to DLSS, where 60FPS + at 4K with FSR enabled in DEATHLOOP was achievable.
The air-cooled processor held up well and performed no different than the 240mm AIO liquid cooler I used in the Raijintek PAN SLIM. SilverStone impressed with a small, air-cooled case still packed with enough CPU and GPU power to run 4K 120FPS games.
I was using the SilverStone FARA V1M PRO with my 77 inch LG CX series 4K 120Hz OLED series, with both COD: Warzone and DEATHLOOP looking amazing on the big screen. The GeForce RTX 3090 is the GPU level I’m focusing on with these SFF gaming PCs, where I’m trying to get a PC in a system that isn’t much bigger than a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, but capable of playing in 4K 120FPS.
SilverStone impressed me with its RGB loaded, air-cooled FARA VM1 PRO throughout the process with the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X processor (and soon to be Ryzen 7 5800X), plenty of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage and a GeForce RTX graphics card. 3090. In the end, I tested the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RTX 3080 Ti – given that the RTX 3090 performs perfectly, everything else on the market will be even better in the FARA VM1 PRO.
So far SilverStone has my heart with its FARA V1M PRO being my favorite SFF gaming PC so far, but I still have a few systems to build. SilverStone sent another case as well, so I’ll have a follow-up article with a build inside as well.
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