The Good Fastest all-around desktop we've tested to date; first PC to hit 60 frames per second on our high-resolution Crysis test; pristine build quality.
The Bad Costs roughly the same as a year of undergraduate in-state tuition.
The Bottom Line Falcon Northwest's latest Mach V provides a model for the coming trends in high-end computing. From the latest Intel CPU, to solid-state storage, to copious amounts of memory, there's lot to admire about his PC. You will also have to pay for it, which unfortunately will thwart all but the most well-off gamers and enthusiasts.
|Falcon Northwest Mach V (Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition)||Apple iMac (27-inch, 2017)||HP Envy Curved All-in-One 34 (2017)||HP Envy 27 AIO (late 2016)||Dell XPS 27 (2017)|
|Price||...||$2,199 Amazon.com||$1,949 Amazon.com||$1,299 Amazon.com||$2,800 Amazon.com|
Falcon Northwest Mach V (Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition)
As it often does, Falcon Northwest has provided with an ultra-high-end PC as a showcase for Intel's latest high-end desktop CPU. This $8,028 Mach V comes with the latest and greatest of everything and provides a useful benchmark of the performance we can expect to see from boutique gaming PCs for the next few months. At press time, neither Falcon Northwest nor its competition is taking orders for Core i7-based PCs, so you'll have to wait a few weeks to make a purchase. Were you to invest in a PC such as this one when it does go on sale, you can expect it to provide a near limitless PC gaming experience.
Typically we review Falcon Northwest's Mach V desktops unpainted, but this system showed up in our lab with a glimmering red automotive paint job. That's typically a $500 option, so if your PC budget just has to stay under that $8,000 mark, losing the paint is a good way to shave costs. Otherwise, this system bears Falcon Northwest's typically immaculate interior.
The only criticisms we have are the inward-facing hard-drive bays (which make it harder to swap drives) and the machined door on the lower half of the front panel. Because it has a little play to it, shutting it can inadvertently hit the PC's reset button. The only thing behind the door is a fan, however, so we'll concede that fan maintenance is the most common reason to open it, a task typically conducted with the system shut off.
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