Falcon Northwest Talon Video
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>>[background music] Hi I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today we're gonna take a look at Falcon Northwest Talon. This is an upper midrange gaming system and it's exciting because it's the first PC we've seen with the newest version of Intel's Core i7 CPU's. You can see this is mostly an all black case so it will go pretty much anywhere. It's nice and sturdy aluminum. Open up the front panel and you can see a Blu-ray drive and a media card reader down here. And what's maybe not so obvious is that behind this vent right here, you can take it off and there's a fan underneath and you can get right at the hard drive base. Now the drives slide out, you can put the hard drives in from the front. It makes it very easy to add or upgrade hard drives. We also like that the fan has no wires and it's just an electrical contact in there. It makes it nice and easy to take this part out and not have to hassle with making a connection. So around the back it's pretty straight forward. You see two graphics card here, all DVI video outputs. You've got a ton of USB ports on the back as well as analog audio, a couple kinds of digital audio output as well as ESAT and FireWire for fast external data connections. So inside the casing you'll see a few cool features. One thing we like in particular is the foam here in the side panel that helps keep the noise down. So we're right into with the new Intel chip here and there's a few things to know. Now with this new chip comes a completely new socket interface which means the way the chip plugs into a motherboard. That means it will hold the motherboard design behind the CPU as well. Now it's good because the new Core i7 chip is supposed to be a more affordable part. Now the new Core i7 chip itself has most of the performance of the older model but the motherboard has lost a few features along the way. So the biggest difference comes by way of the memory. If you recall, the old Core i7 had a triple channel memory interface which means that the ram you would plug into the motherboard you'd do in batches in three. Here's it's only a dual channel and it still uses DDF3 but you can see there's only four landslides here. That means the memory in the system isn't quite as fast as with the older, higher end Core i7's but for most consumer applications and mainstream games, you're really not going to need all that extra memory bandwidth that the older version had. Now despite the small fan, falcon is still over clocked the CPU going from 2.83 gigs out of the box all the way up to 3.39 so it's a pretty nice boost in performance with no added fee by way of extra cooling hardware so it's basically extra speed for free. Now for the rest of the components in the PC from the pair of video graphics cards to the solid state hard drive as well as a 1 terabyte storage drive, it's pretty much what we expect to find in this price range and overall this is a very aggressive mainstream, upper mainstream gaming PC. Over the next few months we'll see more vendors adopt Intel's new Core i7 chip as well as its lower end Core i5 . But for now Falcon Northwest is come out of the gate with a very strong gaming rig. So I'm Rich Brown, this is the Falcon Northwest Talon. [music]
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 flagship Mach V gaming PC gets a towering case redesign, and upgrades to the latest components from Intel and Nvidia. We have a few suggestions to make this system truly live up to its boutique price tag, but overall the Mach V delivers on its promise of luxury PC gaming.
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
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 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.
Falcon Northwest's latest Mach V provides a model for the coming trends in high-end computing. From the latest Intel CPU, to solid-state storage, to copious amounts of memory, there's lot to admire about his PC.
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.
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.
In a normal economy, we'd expect that Falcon Northwest's new Core i7 FragBox 2 would wow us with fast performance in a compact case. Instead, the price of this system as configured has been severely undercut by a competitor. An improved warranty takes the edge off somewhat, but the new market reality makes it hard to recommend this PC.