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Falcon Northwest Talon

Falcon Northwest Talon
alaScore 88

14 reviews

Aug, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability. The value for money also gets good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the design.

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

Review analysis

(Based on 14 reviews)

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Falcon Northwest Talon

 

When Falcon Northwest submitted its Talon PC to us instead of its top-gun Mach V, we didn't think the machine stood a chance of taking down the spate of ripping-fast 4GHz Core i7 rigs we've seen in the last few months.

Dual Radeon HD 5970s; super quiet; relatively energy efficient

Where’s the Blu-ray drive? Will never get a hexa-core upgrade

The Talon is not the most powerful machine we’ve ever tested, but it still gets our approval for being fast, freakishly quiet, and even energy efficient. Heck, it’ll even save you a few thousand bucks, to boot.

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Falcon Northwest Talon review

 

Small desktop computers have become more popular over the last few years thanks to huge improvements in processor and GPU efficiency, and new designs from major boutique PC makers. Yet there's still something compelling about a simple mid-sized tower....

High build quality ; Easy to upgrade ; Excellent performance ; Surprisingly quiet

Aesthetically dull ; Could use a few more ports

Minor quibbles aside, the Talon is powerful, quiet, easy to upgrade, and provides everything a gamer could want in a mid-sized high-end desktop. Score: 9, Editor's Choice

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Falcon Northwest Talon (X2 3800)

 

Processor Family: AMD Athlon 64, Installed RAM: 1024 MB, RAID: Yes, Hard Drive Capacity: 320 GB, Primary Optical Dr...

Powerful graphics. SLI-capable motherboard. Latest technology.

Price does not include monitor and speakers.

The speedy Falcon Northwest Talon makes a good choice for the multimedia enthusiast who happens to be a gamer too.

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Falcon Northwest Talon 4.3

 

Value-priced, the Talon 4.3 is geared for gamers on a budget.

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Falcon Northwest Northwest Talon 4.3

 

Fast value system offers little in the way of hardware and software extras. Excellent speakers with rich bass and plenty of volume.

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Falcon Northwest Talon 3.1

 

Equipped with a nice monitor, the Talon 3.1 is a blazing-fast system for gamers on a budget.

Editor's Choice!

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Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-875K)

 

Five years ago, $2,500 use to be the price point for an "entry-level" gaming desktop; now, you can buy a perfectly respectable gaming rig for as little as $1,300. The Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-875K) ($2,499 direct, $2,895 with optional paintwork)...

Overclocked Core i7 power. Unique paint job. Great 3D performance. More reasonably priced than Mach V. Upgradable. No Bloatware. USB 3.0

Smudges and scratches show up easily on automotive paint

Think of the Editors' Choice winning Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-875K) as the performance luxury model of gaming desktops: You get to the same game grid, but it's sleeker, a bit faster, and has a lot more prestige than entry level game rigs.

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Falcon Northwest Talon X2 3800+

 

Falcon Northwest has built its reputation on producing well-designed, high-powered desktops that include the latest and greatest technology. The Falcon Northwest Talon (X2 3800) ($2,589 direct as tested, without monitor) follows suit, with the newest...

Powerful graphics. SLI-capable motherboard. Latest technology

Price does not include monitor and speakers

The speedy Falcon Northwest Talon makes a good choice for the multimedia enthusiast who happens to be a gamer too.

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Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-860)

 

The new Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-860) ($2,495 direct) is totally new. Previous Talon models came in the same mid tower case, but with this iteration, Falcon has a new case design as well as new internals that make it one of the faster performers...

Speedy, high end gaming system. Very good build quality and cable routing. SSD for speedy load times. No Bloatware

Door only opens to 90 degrees. Extra performance may not justify the added price

The Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-860) continues the series' benchmark dominance over rivals. It doesn't win every benchmark; instead, it shares that spotlight with the previous Talon we tested.

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Best gaming computer

 

The Falcon Northwest Talon is a top-performing gaming desktop that experts say provides blistering performance without breaking the bank. It comes in a variety of configuration options that start around $1,270, but experts recommend upgrading...

Fast, excellent build quality, energy efficient

Expensive, doesn't have front-accessible hard drive bays

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Product Specifications

Instead of assembly line production where one in every 100 are pulled off the line and tested, Talon systems are hand built with the best parts by highly skilled computer technicians. Talon systems are perfect for discerning computer users who don't need the over the top aesthetics of an Exotix system but still want the computing muscle for their day to day activities. Each Talon system still gets all the attention to detail, and three-day burn in testing.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mid tower/Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mid tower/Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mid tower/Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mid tower/Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB
Per Processor Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.6in/18in
Height:16.3in/17.6in
Width:7.8in/8.5in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Falcon Northwest
Model:6.2
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Falcon Northwest Talon

Mainboard

Chipset Type:NVIDIA nForce4 SLI/VIA K8T800
Data Bus Speed:1000MHz/1600MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Modem

Type: None

Networking

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

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:AMD
Max Supported Qty:1
Processor Number:3200+/3500+
Type:Athlon 64

RAM

Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:3GB/4GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

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

Storage Controller (2nd)

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

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

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT/NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
Interface Type:AGP 8x/PCI Express x16
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