Falcon Northwest Tiki: Haswell and Titan Team Up - HotHardware

Falcon Northwest Tiki: Haswell and Titan Team Up

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We kicked off our testing with the venerable PCMark system benchmark, as well as the more game-oriented 3DMark 11 and the newest test by Futuremark: 3DMark Fire Strike. Over the years, Futuremark has made a name for itself with intense benchmarks that provide consistent results for comparing granular and big-picture performance.

For comparison purposes, we lined the Falcon Northwest Tiki against other SFFs that we have tested recently, including AVADirect’s Mini Gaming PC and Maingear’s Potenza Super Stock. We also added some larger desktop systems to the mix, like the Digital Storm VIRTUE and CyberPower’s Gamer Xtreme 5200, to give you a sense of how the small form factor Tiki stacks up against bigger rigs. As you’ll see, the Tiki handles itself just fine.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance
 
PCMark 7
PCMark 7 runs through the types of tasks your PC is likely to encounter during ordinary home and office use. It tests the system’s graphics capabilities as well, but it isn’t mean to test the limits of high-end, discrete graphics card. Look at PCMark 7 as an indicator of a system’s general usage performance. 



The Tiki’s PCMark 7 score was untouchable. It bested even the larger standard desktop systems. The score suggests that the Tiki is likely to be more than capable of handling your day-to-day computing needs. And given the GTX Titan in the system, general usage probably isn’t your priority – gaming is. So, onwards to the gaming tests.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance

3DMark 11
Although Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 has been around for several years, it still provides a good look at a system’s gaming capabilities. It's also handy tool for benchmarking machines that still run Windows 7. We ran this benchmark on the Performance preset, at 1280 x 720 resolution. If you download the free version of this benchmark, make sure you're using  the Performance preset to avoid comparing scores that were run with different test configurations.
 


With 3DMark 11, the Tiki finds a few competitors, but it’s still near the top of the chart. The rig pulls nearly even with the similarly-configured AVADirect Mini Gaming PC and is only decisively bested by CyberPower’s full-sized gaming rig. 

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
Simulated Gaming Performance

3DMark Fire Strike
 The next test we ran was Futuremark’s newest: 3DMark Fire Strike is designed specifically for high-end gaming PCs like the Tiki. Because Extreme mode is geared towards systems that have multiple graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI configurations, we opted for Normal mode, which runs at 1920 x 1080.





This time around, the Tiki pulled ahead of the AVA Mini PC, providing slightly better frame rates and a noticeably better overall score. The Fire Strike test is designed specifically for Windows 8 and for modern cards, so it’s an important test for current gaming systems.

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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!

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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.

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Mini itx just keeps getting better and better.

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

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

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

This really is an impressive PC.

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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.

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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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