Tech news website Slashgear published an article titled "Custom Gaming PC Builders Ranked Worst To Best".
It was a long nerve-wracking scroll down the list starting at #10, but we love their conclusion!
The desktop in laptop form is back, with a new design that is significantly lighter, yet massively more powerful than ever before. The new DRX packs:
NVIDIA RTX 4080 & 4090 GPUs
Intel Core i9 24-core CPU
4K, 144Hz, 4K display
Support for 3 M.2 storage devices
Our TLX Thin & Light laptop has received some major engine upgrades under the hood:
The new NVIDIA RTX 4070 or 4060 mobile GPUs
Intel i9-13900HX CPU with a whopping 24 Cores running at up to 5.4 GHz
And a beautiful new 240Hz 2560x1440 15.6" display
All in the same 5.3 pound, 15" package!
PCMag.com reviewed almost 2,000 products in 2022, and only 85 of them (including our Talon, Tiki, & FragBox PCs) won their Editor's Choice award. In their annual "Best of the Year" round-up, Talon was awarded "Best of the Year"!
"...the Talon is the pinnacle of what a mid-tower can be, and easily claims our Editors' Choice award among high-end gaming PCs."
YouTube tech channel JayzTwoCents got their first look at a Falcon Northwest PC with our latest FragBox, packed full with the RTX 4090 & Intel Core i9-13900K. Jay's take: “The build quality on this… it doesn’t screw around.” and “This thing is really quiet.”
"This is my first time really doing anything with Falcon Northwest. It’s a brand I’ve definitely heard of over the years." “I’m impressed. I’m impressed with this whole setup. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re shopping for a small form factor.”
"THE BOTTOM LINE: Precision engineered by Falcon Northwest, the small-form-factor FragBox gaming desktop delivers incredible performance and practicality in a compact, luggable design"
Hot Hardware took a look at the latest FragBox design, cooling the (literally) hottest components made: the 6 GHz Intel Core i9-13900KS & Nvidia RTX 4090. They lauded it for:
Impressive thermal management
Low noise levels
Premium fit and finish
Excellent warranty support
"VERY impressed with the new Frag Box from Falcon Northwest! You are going to be hard pressed to find a whole package small form factor (as small as you can get with a 4090) PC that is as performant and quiet."
While accepting an award for the Steam Deck, Valve CEO Gabe Newell listed many of the variety of component brands in his Falcon Northwest PCs. "That interoperability, that compatibility, that openness that really enables products like Steam Deck."
As a system integrator, combining the right components from the best brands to meet our client's intended uses is what we do. Every client is unique, so every system we build is custom for them.
Want to see how the new AMD Ryzen 7950X 16-Core CPU shreds its way thru professional apps like rendering, AI, and Adobe? Serve The Home reviewed this Talon for both their website & YouTube.
“just to kind of give you an idea of how quiet this system is, this system is actually rendering the rest of the video in 4K in Adobe Premiere while I’m sitting here speaking to you”
Tech YouTuber and PC builder Justin Robey from RobeyTech knows PCs. Sometimes he builds several in a day on his livestreams. So we were honored by all the praise he heaped on the Talon in this video. "As someone who really likes to pursue quality, when you see something like this, it’s hard not to gush.”
1/2 of the crew from PC World's The Full Nerd podcast take a deep dive on the latest all air-cooled intel-based Tiki. Gordon Mah Ung gives some historical context on the micro-tower form factor, and Adam Patrick Murray compares it to several other Small Form Factor cases and even head-heads it against his personal SFF DIY build.
"The build quality shows next-level attention to detail in looks, form, and performance. While the cost of a computer of this caliber could scare some consumers off, the personalized customer service from Falcon Northwest and assurance of top-quality components for any need imaginable is worth the investment."
"Customer service is one of the best, rare in 2022"
After giving a mega-loaded Talon 5 out of 5 stars & "The Best" award, Windows Central turned its sights to an all AMD-powered Tiki. Proving bigger isn't always better, the Tiki also got 5 out of 5 stars and their "Best" award!
"Despite its small stature, Tiki’s build quality is, as expected, exceptional. Like the bigger Talon desktop, Tiki benefits from Falcon Northwest’s industrial engineering expertise. Simply put, the Tiki isn’t built to last. It’s designed to outlast you."
"The attention to detail is impeccable. The customer service is also incredible. The case is incredible. It just screams high quality. They even added a support mount for the graphic card which gives me peace of mind for stability and transit. Knowing the computer was rigorously tested and using only high-quality components, I had peace of mind knowing this computer will run anything I put at it for years to come. They take great care and detail into every part of the computer. Shipping was done brilliantly to protect the computer while in transit. If you want the best of the best, look no further. The 3 year warranty, great customer service and the well-rounded experience is worth the premium price. "
"Falcon Northwest’s desktop builds are second to none, and no manufacturer – not even Apple – can match the company’s attention to detail."
"The Talon is impeccably crafted, meticulously over-engineered, and extremely powerful by design. Unlike some competing desktops, Falcon Northwest built the Talon from the ground up with its custom sculpted all-aluminum case, elegant cable management, and a thermal and cooling system that would make aviation geeks swoon."
Digital Trends reviewed the new 2022 Tiki, and gave it a perfect 5/5 star rating, Editor's Choice, and named it to not one but two "Best Desktops" lists! "Best mini gaming PC", and "Best gaming desktop for the living room".
"There isn’t another small form factor PC that walks the tight rope like the Tiki does, offering flagship power, a super small footprint, and thermal performance that rivals desktops two or three times its size."
Hot Hardware took a look at our new 2022 Tiki design, and gave it their "Recommended" award. Their summary:
Absolutely killer gaming performance
Impressively quiet given the speed
Compact size. Timeless, understated style
Industry-leading warranty and support
PC Mag looked at the Tiki loaded with the new Ryzen 5800X3D & GeForce RTX 3090. It earned 4.5/5 stars, Editor's Choice, and made their Best Desktops of 2022 list!
"The Falcon Northwest Tiki is hands down the coolest gaming PC I’ve ever had the good fortune of testing. It’s a small miracle"
"The small form-factor gaming PC is dwarfed by my own DIY rigs, and yet it packs more power and runs faster than my latest custom build. It’s nothing short of remarkable."
"I needed the smaller form factor, but wanted the power. I'm very pleased with it. Tech support even assisted me by making sure all the cables were ready for me to install my 2.5" SDD as a secondary drive on this computer. I ended up needing some assistance with the installation of my SDD and they were extremely helpful and punctual.
I would highly recommend Falcon Northwest. Not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for. If you're contemplating them, just do it!"
"The Falcon Northwest Tiki is a diminutive gaming PC with a ton of muscle. "
"I knew going into this review that the Tiki was small – but I didn’t expect it to be quite this small."
"Tiki is a fantastic gaming system with that perfect blend of aesthetics, quality components, superior construction, and expert assembly, that my previous experience with Falcon Northwest has conditioned me to expect. Oh, and it’s really, really small, too. This is a mini-ITX system that transcends the form-factor, and stands on its own as a fantastic, high-end desktop. "
"I used to build my own pc's but sadly just don't have the time anymore and was therefore looking for an SI who does high quality builds. Falcon NW definitely delivered on that. The Talon I ordered is a great and really clean build and was delivered on time. The components work great together and is exactly what I would have build myself. Have to admit though that their cable management is way better than mine. Overall great experience, from customer service, to sales and the team who build this system."
"Who shops at Falcon Northwest? Richard Garriott, Gabe Newell & Tim Sweeney." The legendary hardware reviewer Gordon Mah Ung name-drops some of our gaming legend clientele as he unboxes our latest Talon. It's decked out in custom intel Alder Lake artwork and loaded up. And Gordon gives you the benchmarks to show you whether it's time to move to Windows 11 for your next Falcon.
"even though new PC gaming platforms are undeniably exciting, all this freshly formed silicon practically pales in comparison to the care with which Falcon Northwest compiles its hardware. As you’ll read, the Talon’s guts are rather unrivaled at this point, but its the renowned Pacific Northwest company’s relentless dedication to quality that truly shines here."
Hot Hardware's Keith May gives a fantastic summary review in this video of our latest Alder Lake Talon systems. A few benchmark tables to show you how the new Intel 12th Gen CPU stacks up against other options, some power draw numbers, and a great video overview of what a Talon system looks like on the inside. (note: custom outside art theme by intel is not standard)
"I won’t mince words. Falcon Northwest makes the best damn computer I’ve ever seen."
That about sums up their thoughts on the Talon. Their thoughts on the new Alder Lake platform took the form of a dozen benchmark charts where Intel proved they are back and ready to be in your next gaming rig!
You could win the ultimate Halo Infinite PC from The Ultimate AMD Giveaway! AMD & The Game Awards are giving you the chance to win this one-of-a-kind Halo Infinite themed Talon. It's one of the most loaded prize PCs we've ever done, featuring the Radeon 6900XT Halo Limited Edition graphics card, a massive 24-core AMD Threadripper 3960X CPU, 128GB of Kingston Fury memory, ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboard, 8TB of NVMe storage & printed with ultra high-resolution Halo Infinite artwork. All this could be yours! Check out our facebook page to see more of this beautiful system and find out how to enter.
Rack-mounted PCs have never been home or business friendly. They're usually made with the cheapest cases - hot, loud, and ugly - and suitable only for use in a separate server room no human will be in. Falcon's new RAK 4U rackmount changes all of that. Beautiful, solid, cool, and quiet enough for Home Theater racks or even audio production, this is the rackmount you would expect from Falcon Northwest.
"I built my previous two gaming PCs, so I was reluctant to go the pre-built route, but the 2021 GPU/CPU shortage forced my hand. Falcon NW was not the cheapest option, but their decades-long reputation for quality and support made the decision an easy one. I had high expectations for my PC, and when it arrived it far exceeded all of them!"
The long-rumored "Ti" version of NVIDIA's top consumer card has arrived! Slotting in above the already crazy-fast RTX 3080, but without the premium price of the RTX 3090, the 3080 Ti is going to be the most sought-after GeForce in years.
Congratulations go out to Paul Benson on winning the incredible Destiny 2 themed Talon! With over 680,000 entries, the contest was a big hit, and we're thrilled it was won by a true gamer! Bungie worked with us to come up with this gorgeous art theme with Destiny 2 characters both inside and out. Thanks to Hot Hardware Destiny 2 themed Talon contest for hosting the contest, and AMD for providing the Ryzen & Radeon power. You can see more images of this PC in our Gallery.
Our Talon with the latest Intel Core i9-11900K "Rocket Lake" CPU & GeForce RTX 3090 is in from HotHardware: "straight to the point, the Talon kicks all kinds of tail. The decked out configuration that landed on our doorstep is a beautifully crafted PC, first and foremost. Falcon Northwest's obsessive attention to detail is part of the reason why these systems cost a premium. From ultra-clean wiring management with braided cables, to the personalized laser-etched nameplate, the overall craftsmanship is on another level". It kicked butt on the benchmarks too, where the PCMark scores were particularly fun: "The Talon manages to grip onto another first-place finish, and not just in the overall scoring, where it led the pack by anywhere from 10.9 percent to 33.5 percent. This was a clean sweep. We don't often see systems dunk on the competition in all four scoring categories...". Read the full review here.
See Jack Black unbox his new custom Talon for his YouTube channel, Jablinski Games! Jack sent us an array of crazy graphics for us to UV print on his Talon, and it's one of the wildest looking systems we've ever made. It even made the Tenacious D themed PC we did for him in the 2000's look tame.