Falcon Northwest Mach V Review

Falcon Northwest may not be a household name, but it's a titan in the gaming PC industry. The company is known for creating very powerful, very expensive gaming PCs. Its desktop model, the Mach V, is fully configurable, and Falcon Northwest frequently upgrades the available hardware so gamers can choose from the latest components. The lowest-priced default version of the Mach V will set you back $2,772, but the configurations reviewers evaluate typically cost much, much more. For example, an analyst at PC Mag recently tested a $6,899 version for his Falcon Northwest Mach V review. It was stuffed to the gills with the most powerful hardware available, including three video cards working in tandem, so it's no surprise this version earned the site's Editors' Choice award. It testing it emerged as the fastest system PC Mag had ever tested. Digital Trends looked at a $5,700 configuration and found that it delivered similarly eye-popping performance, according to a Falcon Northwest Mach V review. Digital Trends concedes, however, that the Mach V isn't the best bang for the buck.

Falcon Northwest (starting at $2,772) offers a dizzying array of configurability options, so we'll simply run down the default specs for the least expensive Mach V, which comes with an Intel Core i5-3450 quad-core processor running at 3.1 GHZ and 8GB of RAM running at 1,866 MHz. For graphics, the system uses an Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 video card, and you can add up to two more video cards to pump up the graphics performance. The Mach V includes a 1TB hard drive and the typical DVD-RW drive. Unlike most gaming PCs, the Mach V comes with Windows 7 Professional, rather than the Home Premium version.

The Falcon Northwest Mach V is an exercise in ostentatiousness. The company makes beautiful and incredibly powerful gaming PCs. But unless you're a truly obsessed power user who has to have the latest and greatest hardware, the Mach V is overkill. Most users will find that they can buy a perfectly capable gaming PC for much, much less than a tricked-out Mach V.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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