Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 Video
Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 Video Transcript
>> Rich: Hi I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com today we're gonna take a look at the Falcon Northwest Fragbox 2. So as you can see this is a small little desktop it's designed for gaming and also more or less it is a land party system. The handle here lets you pick the system up and carry it around with you. We wouldn't call it portable like a laptop or anything you still have to have it plugged in, of course, but it definitely is a little bit easier to carry around than your standard tower system. There's a DVD burner up here, you have a pair of ports down here but there's no media card reader it looks like you might be able to put one here but there's actually a hard drive behind this panel and that's the only place in the system where you can actually install a hard drive due to its size so you're really kind of limited as far as media card reader options. Around back you get even more of an idea of what's inside the case, there's 6 USB ports but sadly no ESATA input. You do get standard digital audio by way of coax and optical inputs as well as your 7 point 1 Analog audio inputs over here. And as you can see from the expansion slots there's actually not a ton of room to upgrade inside. So you can see Falcon Northwest has jammed this system full of hardware. You can see there's 2 dual slot graphics cards each has a GTX 285 and also has 1,000 watt power supply over here. Now we're used to Falcon's Fragboxes being fairly high-end but the 1,000 watt power supply is fairly new. And over here you can see the CPU and the memory, now this is actually one of the first small Form Factor Core I7 systems we know of there are 2 others one from Shuttle one from Main Gear. So in this system Falcon's has an over clocked Core I7 920 chip as well as 6G of DVR3 memory. There's room for 3 more memory sticks but that's really about the only hardware upgrade option you have. The hard drive here, the optical drive here and the 2 graphics cards on the other side really do take up pretty much every other slot available. So with all that fast hardware the Fragbox 2 is certainly a very, very speedy gaming system it knocked out our application test with no problem and pretty much killed every gaming test we threw at it. The problem is Main Gear's made some very aggressive price cuts lately and Falcon has had a hard time matching it, so as much as we like this system we really can't justify it due to the value difference. Now there are some warranty differences Falcon has a 3 year warranty by default and it also has a pretty cool over-night shipping policy where it will pay both ways for you to send you system if you need to repair it. Falcon's gates also has the handle Main Gear's doesn't. Still for a raw bang for your buck Falcon is definitely at a disadvantage. So I'm Rich Brown and this is the Falcon Northwest Fragbox 2. ^M00:02:18 [ Music ]
Falcon Northwest's new, fixed-configuration FragBox 2 is an overclocked, reasonably priced gaming rig with a small size that invites you to put it pretty much wherever you want.
Featuring the latest bleeding-edge components in a luggable form factor, the Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 aims for the well-heeled LAN-party gamer who doesn't want to compromise performance for portability.
If you can afford it, the Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 will keep you fragging happily for years to come.
Falcon Northwest's high-end, preconfigured FragBox 2 leans on a pair of top-of-the-line ATI 3D cards to achieve some of the fastest 3D scores we've seen. You might rightly wait for Intel's new CPUs to ship before making a pricey PC purchase, but if you buy this system now, you'll be treated to a superfast little desktop.
Falcon Northwest's FragBox might be the best known small-form-factor gaming PC, but Maingear's X-Cube is currently the most up-to-date. With the latest of everything, if you want a gaming desktop for on-the-road fragging, look no further.
Falcon Northwest's revamped Talon gaming PC puts its best redesigned foot forward with a strong configuration build around Intel's latest batch of Core i7 CPUs.
Falcon Northwest continues its tradition of building the fastest gaming PCs around. This one comes with Intel's quad-core chip clocked higher than we've ever seen before, and its resulting game performance sets new records. You might want to bolster some of the features on this system, but if it's 3D power you're after, Falcon delivers the strongest system we've seen so far.
Falcon Northwest's Mach V set records in our lab thanks to an overclocked six-core CPU from Intel. An unfortunate problem with the graphics card resulted in physical damage to the inside of this PC, however. Assuming Falcon addresses the problem likes is says it will (we'll be checking), the Mach V will meet the needs of anyone in search of top-of-the-line performance.
The Falcon Northwest Tiki takes an expensive, ostentatious stab at a gaming slim tower.
If you want a gaming-oriented Intel Core 2 Duo system and you have to have it right away, the Falcon Northwest Mach V pumps out plenty of frames per second but falls behind the faster Dell XPS 700 in other computing tasks