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Falcon Northwest Mach V

Falcon Northwest Mach V
alaScore 88

16 reviews

Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Falcon Northwest Mach V. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the size.


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Falcon Northwest Mach V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (

Falcon Northwest Mach V Icon 2 Review


You can't truly appreciate the paint job on Falcon Northwest's Mach V unless you can fondle it. We mean it—you just can't comprehend how damn smooth the paint is without lovingly stroking your hand on the side of this beauty as if you were a...

The smoothest paint job we've seen in a long time; damned fast

Expensive; an SLI rig will never beat a tri-SLI config

So how does the Falcon stack up? It’s wicked fast and handily pounds the crap out of our elderly zero-point system, as well as the majority of the Core i7-990X boxes we’ve tested in the last year. But how does it stack up against the Digital Storm...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (

Falcon Northwest Mach V Review


Who came up with the concept of a vertically oriented motherboard that positions the graphics cards upright so the tremendous heat they generate vents straight up?

A quad-core that can almost run with the hexa-cores

16GB of RAM is a bit overkill

Overall, the Mach V is a solidly designed, solidly spec’d machine with no holes that we can see. Yes, it might lack the sex appeal of the uber-machines we’ve encountered lately, but it’s a lot more down to earth in pricing, too.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: Matthew Murray (

Falcon Northwest Mach V (Intel Core i7-3770K)


Falcon Northwest, the maker of heavy-duty (and just plain heavy) gaming desktops for the serious user, is taking a big gamble with the latest version of its super-powered Mach V (Intel Core i7-3770K). Unlike most gaming machines, which are outfitted...

Excellent performance. Attractively designed, inside and out

Not the fastest system available in most tests. Interior is not completely tool-free

Falcon Northwest's largely excellent Mach V (Intel Core i7-3770K) gaming desktop is held back somewhat by its mainstream processor.

Aug, 2012


Expert review by: Matt Smith (

Falcon Northwest Mach V


In the realm of flagship gaming desktops, Mach V is a name that means something. Falcon Northwest has been offering computers under the Mach brand name for years, and while the hardware obviously has changed, the purpose has not. The Mach V is at least...

Beautiful monolithic design ; Effective cooling ; Amazing CPU performance ; Three-year warranty

Bang-for-buck could be better ; Internal layout sacrifices practicality

Falcon Northwest helps justify the price by offering excellent design, a great customer experience and outstanding performance.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Falcon Northwest Mach V (Core i7 3930K, fall 2011)


Like most boutique PC vendors, Falcon Northwest has a mandate to offer its customers the latest PC hardware. That means the company has an inclination to showcase Intel's latest CPUs, even when those chips aren't the most obvious fit for Falcon's...

This latest Falcon Northwest Mach V features Intel's new six-core CPU, a new motherboard chipset, and the usual assortment of high-end components.

Gamers won't see much benefit from Intel's new chip compared with the old flagship Core i7, and the imposing Mach V case isn't for everyone.

Well-heeled gamers with professional-level application performance needs should look into this statement-making Falcon Northwest Mach V, but you can spend far less and still enjoy top-notch gaming with an older CPU.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Lam (

Mach V Screams, But Is Overclocking Worth the Price?


No expense was spared for the Mach V: Its 3.2-GHz processor is overclocked by 800 MHz, and the machine packs three Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 cards running together

Pretty quiet. Go ahead, run everything at once while you try to hack the NSA: You've got 8 GB of RAM. Combination Blu-ray and HD-DVD drive. The best all-around PC of the bunch

Load times are quick, but those drives won’t help games play any speedier. Airbrushed aluminum case ain't exactly pretty. You can game faster for half the price

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Marc Perton (

Falcon Northwest Mach V reviewed by PC Mag


We're beginning to see a pattern here. It works like this: Turbo-charged gamer rigs get into the hands of reviewers; write-ups discuss gaming, but also comment on how the machines are perfect for other tasks; accountants and admins across the country...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (

Falcon Northwest Mach V


Gaming specialist Falcon Northwest has put together another fast, well-designed machine, but the 80GB of hard drive space is somewhat skimpy for video authoring.

May, 2003

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Falcon Northwest Mach V (Core i7-3960X)


Because the DIMM and PCI Express slots are filled, there isn't much extra expansion room here, but about the only people likely to be disappointed by this are über-users who prefer discrete sound cards for their surround gaming. There's a bit of room...

Excellent chassis design, internal components. Delivers outstanding gaming and productivity performance

Case is on the bulky side. Benefits from a dedicated power supply or UPS. Rear-panel ports are inconveniently located

Loaded with the latest Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor, the Falcon Northwest Mach V (Core i7-3960X) is yet again on the top of the heap.

Expert review by: (

Falcon Northwest Mach V (Core i7-980X)


Keep in mind, you'll need to use a screwdriver to add extra hard drives, unlike newer desktops like the Maingear Shift and Gateway FX6831 (stay tuned for our review). I like the drive upgrade sleds that the Maingear and Gateway desktops use, since hard...

Speedy performance. Eyefinity multi-monitor setup. Less expensive than class leader. Sound-deadening material. 12GB of memory

Pricey. Only one graphics card. Blu-ray reader only. Upgrades are not tool-less. Could use a cardkeeper. Smallish solid state drive

The Falcon Northwest Mach V (Core i7-980X) is a hardcore gamer's dream. Three monitor Eyefinity support wraps the gaming experience around the player. It's pricey, but worth it if you want an immersive gaming experience.


Product Specifications

Since 1992, Falcon Northwest has custom built the machines that redefined the meaning of power. The MACH V series not only invented the category "Gaming PC's", but has ruled it ever since. In every review, in every head-to-head speed competition Falcon Northwest has ever been invited to, Falcons win. They win because of speed, quality, features, and because of a lost art Falcon calls craftsmanship.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB
Per Processor Size:1MB/2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:19in
Diagonal Size (metric):48.3cm
Max Resolution:1792 x 1344


Manufacturer:Falcon Northwest
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Falcon Northwest Mach


Chipset Type:Intel 875P/Intel 925X Express
Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:16x/40x (CD) / 12x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 4x (DVD+RW)
Write Speed:40x (CD) / 4x (DVD-R) / 8x (DVD+R)

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:16x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:3.4GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Processor Number:550
Type:Pentium 4/Pentium 4 Extreme Edition


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:4GB

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level:JBOD / RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5/RAID 0 / RAID 0+1 / RAID 1

Storage Controller (2nd)

RAID Level:JBOD / RAID 0 / RAID 0+1 / RAID 1/RAID 0 / RAID 1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/240GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra/NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
Interface Type:AGP 8x/PCI Express x16