Falcon Northwest's "Tiki" PC Mixes Big Performance With A Small Frame, Tosses In A Polished Granite Base For Good Measure

Brad Chacos

Falcon Northwest maintains a strong reputation among PC enthusiasts. Part of the way the company keeps its focus is by offering a limited number of products; when it comes to Falcon Northwest desktops, you've the Talon, the FragBox, and the Mach V, but that's it -- or, at least it was until today. The new Tiki desktop is a slim and slender compact PC that's 40 percent smaller than the already diminutive FragBox, but it can still pack a wallop component-wise. Plus, it comes with a solid 6 lb. granite base to keep the tower sitting firm and pretty.

Despite only having a 4-inch wide and 13-inches tall frame, the liquid-cooled Tiki nevertheless crams a lot of hardware into its interior. Falcon Northwest's baby can include Core i7 Ivy Bridge chips, up to 16GB of RAM, the latest Nvidia GTX 600-series graphics cards and up to 4TB of storage using a mix of two SSDs and a standard HDD.

"Tiki is a showcase of how far the PC industry has come in just the past year," Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest, said in the company's press releases. "CPUs and graphics cards have taken massive leaps in performance and power efficiency. Tiny solid-state storage has become affordable, and the miniaturization of motherboards all mean that your average tower PC is now much bigger than it really needs to be. With Tiki, we solved the heat and noise challenges involved in getting rid of all that excess space."

Stuffing that kind of power into that small of a machine doesn't come cheap, however; the base configuration -- which packs a 3.1GHz Core i5-3450, a GTX 560 Ti, 8GB of RAM and a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD -- costs just shy of $1,900 with top-of-the-line setups going for a hair under $5,000.

You can configure a Tiki over at the Falcon Northwest website right now, but finished units aren't expected to ship until early July.

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