Falcon Northwest Talon Gaming PC Review

Posted: July 14, 2010
Falcon Northwest Talon Gaming PC Review

With over a decade in the gaming PC business, Falcon Northwest now brings the Talon to the market. Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn review the steel encased gaming PC with its Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GTX 480 video card and more for $3,500.

What You Need to Know

  • The computer is only about 1.5’ tall
  • It’s a little over 6” wide
  • One bad thing about having a small case is that there may not be enough room to get in and make modifications or upgrade parts, but Falcon Northwest did an excellent job of maximizing space inside with good cable management and smaller heatsinks
  • The hard drives aren't easily removable since you have to unscrew the metal bays that they're held in, so expanding might be a problem
  • It's not as quiet as the iBuyPower from Monday, but it's definitely quiet enough
  • It has two video cards and an overclocked quad core processor (the iBuyPower from Monday only had one video card, but it had a six core processor
  • In our 3DMark Vantage tests, it just barely came in as our second fastest computer of all time; we're inclined to call it a tie with the CyberPower from almost a year ago.
  • Of course, it'll play any game on the market with maxed out settings, and we're confident it'll be great for years to come
  • For productivity tasks, it wasn't as fast as iBuyPower


  • Falcon Talon case with optional paintwork
  • Intel Core i7-875K 2.93 GHz Unlocked CPU, overclocked to 3.88-4.15 GHz (overclock changes dynamically depending on # of cores in use)
  • Asetek liquid cooling
  • Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 cards in SLI (1.5 GB of GDDR5 memory each)
  • 1000Watt Silverstone modular power supply
  • ASUS P55 chipset motherboard
  • 8 GB Crucial DDR3 memory  (16 GB max in this system)
  • LG Blu-Ray reader with Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra software for Blu-Ray playback (because Windows  still doesn't support Blu-Ray playback)
  • Intel 80 GB Solid State Drive for primary disk (for OS and currently used games, etc.)
  • 1 Terabyte Western Digital Caviar Black SATA3 (6GB/Sec) drive for storage
  • Multi-format media card reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


  • The configuration we have here is a little over $3,500, and if you want the custom paint job, it's $400 extra
  • We like the understated design and solid build quality, and of course, the performance is outstanding, especially for the price

Overall Rating

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Comments are Closed

  • BBHSbenito

    @atavax the 3dmarkvantage is a very accurate way to predict game performance. It is a video game just with every movement entirely scripted. thats the point of it 99.9% of the time the higher mark vantage score will be able to play games at higher fps. anything above 22000 (guesstimate) you will be able to play basically any game on the market with highest settings anything more is just an increase in frame rate, draw distance, and overall gameplay.

    Posted: July 14, 2010 6:38 PM
  • Atavax

    they seem too reliant on 3DMark Vantage tests. 3DMark Vantage is not a videogame and is not an accurate way to predict how well in game performance will be.

    Posted: July 14, 2010 6:25 PM