The biggest platform shift in more than a year is finally here! Intel has introduced their new 4th Generation of Core processors, and the new Z87 chipset motherboards that will run it. This new generation of Intel CPUs gives a 10-15% boost in speed and boosts power efficiency as well. That results in laptops with longer battery life, and even faster desktops. The new Z87 chipset also brings its own advancements, including six SATA 6GB/Sec ports. That means you can combine up to six hard drives or SSDs in a single RAID array! Yes, a Tiki with four 960GB SSDs working as a single 3.6TB RAID 0 drive is now possible! Configure up your own 4th Gen/Z87 system and see what it can do for you.
Intel's 4th Generation Core Processors (a.k.a. "Haswell") arrive!
The Box is Back!
After several months of being MIA, the FragBox has returned! Completely redesigned to start its second decade of Power-Per-Cubic-Inch dominance. The new 2013 FragBox has more powerful liquid cooling, more powerful GPU cooling and a sleek new look. It can power the fastest 6-core CPUs and even SLI'd TITAN graphics card setups. For more details, check out the FragBox page.
DRX: All New. All Powerful.
Our Desktop Replacement Xtreme model, the DRX, has been redesigned inside and out. We've kept all the insane options that make the DRX the world's most powerful and loaded laptop: dual graphics cards, dual hard drives, and Intel Extreme Edition processors. But we've shaved a huge 3 pounds of weight, and doubled the battery life! It's a tower PC in laptop form. Check out the DRX page for more details.
Our Coldest, Quietest Talon Ever!
Our most popular system has received a major redesign. At first glance the Talon may not look much different, but look closer and you'll see its new fingerprint-resistant sandblasted aluminum faceplate. The new side-mounted, super-silent 120mm cooling fans vent cool air directly into the graphics card and liquid cooling intakes, and cool the motherboard voltage regulators as well. And an all-new sled-mounting system for hard drives makes adding storage a snap. For more details and to start configuring your Talon, visit the Talon page.
After more than a year in development and testing, Tiki has arrived. At only 4 inches wide, this new micro-tower is small enough for anyone's desk. But inside lurks the heart of a true enthusiast PC: The fastest NVIDIA GeForce 6-series GPUs, up to 16GB of 1866 MHz memory, space for 3 hard drives, and the fastest Intel 3rd Generation Core-i7 CPUs - liquid cooled! It's even overclockable. But all this power has been masterfully tamed and runs incredibly quiet. And to make Tiki truly different, we custom cut its base out of solid granite. To learn more about this intriguing little system, visit the Tiki page.
X79 & SandyBridge-E: The new fastest thing ever
Intel is radically shaking up their flagship CPU lineup, and our entire desktop line just got bigger and badder as a result. Intel has released two new processors and a new chipset to support them. That means new motherboards, new capabilities and a lot of amazing new options for Falcon desktop PCs. With any launch this big, there's bound to be some confusion, so we'll do our best to sort it out for you.
The two new CPUs (codenamed “SandyBridge-E”) are Intel’s fastest ever and are their highest end products. They will effectively phase out X58 chipset “Gulftown” based 6-cores CPUs on the desktop side. They are:
- Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition - 6 cores, 15 megs of Cache, 3.3 GHz base speed (3.6 - 3.9 GHz with Turbo Boost)
- Core i7-3930K – 6 cores, 12 megs of L3 Cache, 3.2 GHz base speed (3.5 - 3.8 GHz with Turbo Boost)
These new CPUs are physically larger compared to previous CPUs, and have a new socket – socket 2011, and new chipset with new to support them. The X79 chipset brings a slew of new capabilities to the table:
- 8 Memory Slots (4 on FragBoxes), with support for up to 64 gigs of DDR3. This makes 32 gigabyte configurations much cheaper and easier to do that it has been in the past.
- 1600 MHz memory support – officially. And even faster bandwidths are possible with overclocking.
- 40 PCI Express lanes – This means dual x16 PCI Express lanes for multiple graphics cards.
- PCI Express 3.0 – For future graphics cards, this new standard supports up to 8 Gigatexels/Sec throughput
To configure your own X79-based system, just choose any Falcon desktop and select the "X79" option in the configurer window. If you have any questions or need any assistance building up your new dream system, please call or email our sales team. They'll be happy to assist you.
Experience the Speed of USB 3.0!
We've been shipping USB 3.0 on our systems for some time now, but many people still haven't experienced the huge speed difference this new interface can give. To celebrate the launch of up-front USB 3.0 ports on Falcon Northwest systems, we're now including one of the most useful new devices to plug into it: Corsair's new Flash Voyager 3.0! That's right, you'll get a 16 gigabyte Flash Voyager free with any system purchase. Corsair's proprietary all-rubber housing is extremely durable and water resistant for worry-free transport of your valuable data. With 16GB capacity, you can store several DVDs worth of data on your keyring in an easily pocketable design. The Flash Voyager also doesn't get hot like some other USB 3.0 designs. And imagine copying movies, music, and anything else you can think of onto a drive 4 times faster than with any USB 2.0 drive. How fast is the Flash Voyager compared to your old USB 2.0 flash drive? We ran the benchmarks:
A New Era of Liquid Cooling Arrives
Falcon Northwest was the first PC vendor to ship a fully-sealed, closed-loop water cooling system for our CPUs back in 2004. Now liquid cooled CPUs are the norm in enthusiast PCs. But there are two places we haven't been able to offer liquid cooling before: our FragBox Small Form Factor Systems, and graphics cards. With the FragBox, it's just so small a liquid cooler wouldn't fit. With graphics cards, there were no fully-sealed, maintenance-free, leak-proof liquid systems made for graphics. Every cooling vendor that had attempted it in the past took so long to develop cold plates for a specific graphics card that by the time they did, the card was outdated. Now with some advanced new products from CoolIT Systems, we're able to break those barriers.
Our FragBox Small Form Factor systems now ship with the CoolIT ECOII CPU liquid cooling system as standard equipment. This amazing miniature radiator and low-profile pump can tame the heat of even 6-core Intel 990X CPUs in the tough thermal environment of a Small Form Factor, even allowing headroom for overclocking. It's cool, quiet, and tiny.
We now offer liquid cooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics cards in our Mach V desktop line. Using the new CoolIT OMNI universal liquid cooling systems, we can now offer a sealed, closed loop water cooler for the fastest GPU made. Each OMNI-cooled GeForce card is a complete liquid cooling system with its own 120mm radiator, pump, rigid tubing and cold plate for the GPU. We can even put two into a Mach V system for liquid-cooled SLI setups!
Intels new "Sandy Bridge" CPUs debut
Intel's new 2nd generation Core series is now available, and they're shaking up everything in high end PCs. While limited to only 4 processing cores, the huge turbo boost range of these new CPUs and massive overclocking potential make them something to consider for all but the most processor-intensive applications. They require new motherboards using the new "P67" intel chipset, which brings its own new featureset as well. While there is far too much technical detail to cover what makes these CPUs so fast here, check out our system reviews using them for the end results.
GTX 580 Arrives!
The world's fastest DX11 GPU has arrived! With screaming performance and an innovative new thermal design, GeForce GTX 580 rips through the latest games while running quieter than the previous generation. And GTX 580 delivers massive DirextX 11 tessellation performance so you can crank-up the gaming realism with incredibly detailed environments and characters. Overall it's 20-30% faster than GTX 480 at almost half the noise level.
- Microsoft DirectX 11 support
- NVIDIA® SLI®-Ready
- NVIDIA 3D Vision™ Surround Ready1
- NVIDIA® PhysX® technology
- NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology with CUDA C/C++, DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL support
- NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD technology2
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- Two dual-link DVI-I connectors
- One mini-HDMI 1.4a connector3
- Dual-link HDCP-Capable4
- OpenGL 4.1 support
1 - NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround requires two or more graphics cards in NVIDIA SLI configuration, 3D Vision glasses, and 3D Vision-Ready displays. See www.nvidia.com/surround for more information.
2 - Supported video software is required to experience certain features. Visit www.nvidia.com for more details.
3 - Support for HDMI 1.4a including GPU accelerated Blu-ray 3D support (Blu-ray 3D playback requires the purchase of a compatible software player from CyberLink, ArcSoft, Corel, or Sonic), x.v.Color, HDMI Deep Color, and 7.1 digital surround sound. Upgrade your GPU to full 3D capability with NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, enabling 3D gaming, picture viewing and 3D web video streaming. See www.nvidia.com/3dtv for more details.
4 - Playback of HDCP-protected content requires other HDCP-compatible components.
5 - Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core i7 3.2GHz processor