YouTube tech channel JayzTwoCents was impressed by our Talon mid-tower. We sent this one loaded with the latest for Jay to evaluate our case design, features, and thermal performance.
Jay said: "...with Falcon Northwest the more I’ve taken a look at their products the more I’m just continuously being slapped upside the head with the realization of the level of detail that goes into some of this stuff.”
"I’m hugely impressed with what they’ve been doing out there. It’s hard to be impressed these days. I think we’re all just so jaded and negative about so many things. But to see an SI that’s doing enthusiast level stuff to the minute details… Talon: I’m impressed.”
Ever wanted to see how our small systems compare to our larger ones, with a human for scale? PC World has seen many Falcon systems over the years, but never one of each of our latest, all on the same desk at the same time. Adam Patrick Murray gives you a brief tour of each system and how they compare.
“What makes a product good? What makes it special? Does it stand out? Does it change things? Does it break the mold? Well what if it made the mold in the first place… and then broke that mold?”
YouTuber Braethorn checked out the new Intel 14th Gen processors in his custom-printed Talon.
“There is something really special about the overall experience with a Falcon Northwest PC. It’s really the attention to detail that won me over. From the meticulous cable management, quality component selection and unparalleled enclosure design and construction – I mean honestly who else is using extruded aluminum? These systems really are on another level.”
"These have travelled all over the United States, and in some cases the world, with me and they hold up quite well."
RobeyTech has two great looking Tikis - one we UV-printed in our "circuits" theme with his logo and with intel+Nvidia loadout, and a second with an AMD Ryzen & Radeon loadout, custom-modded by Blue Horse Studios with a one-of-a-kind Starfield theme. Which one does he like better?
Serve The Home (STH) checked out our RAK rackmount loaded with the latest Intel Xeon 56-Core CPU, liquid cooled and loaded with 128GB of DDR5-6000 MHz ECC RAM. Not only was STH amazed at the speed, they were blown away by how quiet the RAK is: "Bryan was setting the [RAK] system up, doing b-roll and that kind of stuff and he literally ran into my office and said ‘oh my gosh this thing you won’t believe it, it is so quiet!’ It is way quieter than I thought it would be. That is awesome when you consider just how powerful this system is.”
After checking out our FragBox a few months ago, YouTube tech channel JayzTwoCents got his first look at our Tiki micro-tower. Stuffed with the new ASUS ProArt RTX 4080 graphics card and an AMD Ryzen 7800X3D CPU, Jay was impressed by Tiki's cooling and acoustics, and the quality of the metal used in Tiki's unique design. "This is true engineering from the ground up." "This is the level of detail that I absolutely love about Falcon Northwest."
Wendell Wilson from Level One Techs has seen just about every high-end server & workstation ever made. But he'd never seen our new Intel Xeon-W (a.k.a. "Sapphire Rapids" platform) overclockable Talon workstation! Wendell had many nice things to say about the system, such as "Now fourteen or fifteen thousand dollars for a system like this might sound insane, but have you actually priced a system like this from somebody else like HP? This system is actually cheaper and better. The warranty is probably better and the support is definitely better."
MMORPG.com checked out the new DRX and scored it a 9.5, awarded it Editor's Choice, and heaped adjectives on it: "...using the DRX is sublime. The display is engrossing. " "the gaming experience is nothing short of tremendous." "The DRX delivers. It’s a reinvention and a refresh of one of the most unique laptops on the market and is better than ever."
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!
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!"
"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!
"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!"
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.