Falcon Northwest Tiki: Haswell and Titan Team Up

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Falcon Northwest is a big name in a very niche market of luxury PCs. The company is known for special touches like custom cases (think FragBox) and mind-blowing, artist-rendered panel images. The company has also built the rest of its reputation on blazing PC performance. Falcon Northwest recently shipped its Tiki to take on the other small form factor rigs we’ve tested of late.

The Tiki is small enough and light enough that it could be your next LAN-party rig, but it’s really meant for your desk. And although it’s much, much smaller than your old full- or mid-tower system, it’s going to draw a lot more attention, by virtue of its statuesque design. The Tiki has a clean, dark chassis with hard lines and a laser-cut, backlit logo that shines bright even when the room’s lights are on. But the most striking aspect of the system’s exterior is the granite base. The Tiki certainly makes a statement.

Falcon Northwest Tiki
Specifications & Features
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core 3.5GHz 
Memory:  16GB G.Skill 1866MHz DDR3 (8GB x 2)
Graphics:  EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB
Motherboard:  Asus Z87 Maximus VI Impact Mini-ITX
Storage:  Crucial M500 SSD 480GB (x2 in Striped/RAID-0 array)
3TB Western Digital Green HDD
Optical:  Panasonic UJ-8C5 Sloat Load DVDRW
Power Supply:  SilverStone ST-45B Tiki 450W
Chassis:  Tiki 1.0 with Absolute Black Granite Base
Cooling System:  Asetek 550LC 120MM Liquid Cooler
Connectivity:  Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
Front Ports:  Power, Reset, USB 3.0 (x2), Mic/Heaphone
Rear Ports:  USB 2.0 (x4) USB 3.0 (x4), eSATA, HDMI, DisplayPort, SPDIF Out, Mic, Headphones
Operating System:  Windows 8 64-bit
 Promo codes for Splinter Cell Blacklist, Grid2
Accessories: Binder with System Check Log/Instructions/Troubleshooting/Support Contacts, Logo Mousepad, T-shirt, Coffee, Mug, USB Rescue Drive
Dimensions:  4 inches wide x 13 inches tall
Warranty:  Falcon Overnight Service (1 Year), Parts/Labor Warranty (3 Years)
Price: $3,857

We’ll take a closer look at the Tiki’s design on the next page, but we’ll start with the most important part of any high-end system: its guts.  The Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell processor, which launched in the second quarter of the year, features four cores at 3.5GHz, a 3.9GHz Turbo capabilities. The CPU is a solid choice for a high-end gamer and Falcon keeps it humming with a custom closed-loop cooling system.

Graphics come courtesy of a single EVGA GeForce GTX Titan card. Fitting such a powerhouse into a mini tower requires plenty of consideration for heat dissipation, not to mention decent spatial organization skills. We recently reviewed the AVADirect Mini Gaming PC, which also included a Titan and Core i7-4770K, so that system is likely to be the Tiki’s biggest competition among the SFFs in our benchmark charts on the following pages.

Falcon Northwest rounded out the major components in this system with two 8GB DDR3 DIMMs and three drives. The 3TB Western Digital hard drive gives the system plenty of storage, but the primary OS drives caught our attention: two 480GB Crucial M500 SSDs in RAID-0. Putting the drives in a striped array gives the Tiki and extra performance bump, which ought to help in the benchmarks.

Other components of note include the 450W Tiki-specific SilverStone power supply and the Asus Z87 Maximus VI Impact, which is a mini-ITX style motherboard that provides Gigabit LAN and plenty of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. All this will run you $3,857 (if you configure an identical system to our review unit), so let’s take a look at the design features that make up some of that lofty price tag.

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AndrewLeibman one year ago

I am blown away by how small this is, but I'm really anxious to see the Steam Machine prototypes: they're supposed to be 12 x 12 x 2.9-inches, and some will have Titans!

basroil one year ago

Andrew, but they will also be louder, hotter, and offer far less disk space (only a single 2.5" drive, maybe enough room for a second). If Falcon wanted 3" width and 0.25cubic feet , they could easily do it with the same components... as long as they get rid of water cooling two disks, and noise suppression.

Mattos one year ago

Mini itx just keeps getting better and better.

Dave_HH one year ago

No doubt, this is a potent little brick of a machine!

HanyangXu one year ago

One day I'll be able to afford this company's products. One day...

realneil one year ago

If I had the cash to buy this, I would probably rather build my own box.

This really is an impressive PC.

KevinMay one year ago

I don't get the benchmark settings. Forgive me if this is something others have said but with a Titan build or even something substantially less, who would be gaming at 1080p or less. If they are they missed the boat. If you can spend that kind of money you would/should spend money on higher res monitors or multi monitors. Doesn't make sense at this point. I guess include 1080 but that's the bottom.

LuckyStars 9 months ago

I would of loved to buy one of these even though it is around 400 bucs more expensive then buying from xotic or avadirect etc. The reason I did not is Falcon Northwest could make this better. First off they should of made the power supply custom. Instead they use the silverstone standard power supply with the cables being standard. This creates allot of excess cabiling and clutter. Also maintenance in this is crazy. How are you going to access the Gpu for maintenance, cleaning out dust etc? Lastly I dont want the extra cables and clutter of a Dvd drive, who really needs this? I think the new Digital Storm Bolt 2 is better thought out and arguably better looking, I would of bought that hands down but they also went with the ugly plastic dvd right in the front which is even worse then Tiki which at least is out of sight on the top. So I went with an avadirect system for 400 dollars cheaper using a fractal node case. No ugly unecessary optical drive to worry about, I went with the short cable kit from silverstone so it will be much cleaner then either the tiki or storm and won't need water cooling as does the Tiki. I will keep my eye on Digital Storm and Falcon for their redesigns. Digital Storm, man you would of been perfect without the fail optical drive there in front. You are charging a premium for something that looks good! I also may add that if you want a small tower like those, silverstones new raven and their upcoming better looking sff tower that is not plastic could be the answer for you if you dont want to pay a premium for non perfect Falcon or storm mini towers. I will gladly give my money to falcon or digital storm in the future if they ditch the optical drives, at least make that an option for your buyers, how hard is that? Fractal has figured it out and lian li etc

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