Review: Falcon Northwest's Core i7-based Mach V gaming desktop sets records
We review Falcon Northwest's Mach V gaming PC with Intel's latest high-end CPU.
You can't buy this PC for another few weeks, but following our review of Intel's new Core i7 CPU, we also got to inspect a fully loaded gaming desktop from
We'd hoped to debut a newtest with this review, but apparently it didn't like the combination of Core i7, Intel's X58 motherboard, and ATI's graphics cards in this PC.
With the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool we saw more than 100 frames per second on one run, and then less than 30 the next. Actually playing the game is fine (with Far Cry 2's recent patch), but we need ATI to shore up its graphics software drivers before we can make the switch. The game itself plays fine, and even with that issue, we'd still opt for those Radeon cards in this system. We're perhaps most impressed that the Mach V is the first PC to hit 60 fps on our high-resolution Crysis test.
We'll have reviews of a few more down-to-earth Core i7 desktops from Velocity Micro and Gateway posting shortly, as well as another high-end contender from Alienware. Check back for the latest.