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Falcon Northwest Talon

Falcon Northwest Talon
alaScore 84

12 reviews

Mar, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Falcon Northwest Talon. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. There are some less positive opinions about the price.


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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (

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.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

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.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Joel Strauch (

Falcon Northwest Talon 4.3


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

May, 2002

Expert review by: Joel Strauch (

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.

May, 2002

Expert review by: Sean Captain (

Falcon Northwest Talon 3.1


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

Oct, 2001

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

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Bill O'Brien (

Falcon Northwest Talon (Core i7-875K) Review and Ratings


Falcon Northwest's latest Talon would be a media star with the addition of a Blu-ray drive and media card reader. But without them it can still run games and productivity software about as well as recent systems that cost much more.

Fast ; Expandable ; Both USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 technology

No media card reader or Blu-ray drive ; Pricey with custom paint job

Jun, 2010

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


Display (Projector)



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


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




Type: None


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

Optical Storage


Optical Storage (2nd)

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

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


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


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

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: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