Falcon Northwest Tiki review

A conservative powerhouse for virtual reality




The Good / Insanely great, because of the plain top of the line parts in this arrangement, yet still sufficiently minimized to not hoard your work area. Master development, a strong undercarriage, and a clean downplayed look.

The Bad / Very costly, even arranged with bring down end parts. The inner segments aren’t as effortlessly open as in a standard pinnacle. New top of the line illustrations card equipment may (or may not) be appropriate around the bend.

The Bottom Line / The Falcon Northwest Tiki is the most intense, and most costly, VR-prepared PC we’ve tried to date.

There is no lack of work area PCs (and even a bunch of workstations) that meet the base specs required for the original of buyer virtual reality headsets. Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive request late Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, either a Nvidia 970 or 980/980ti illustrations card, in addition to the correct blend of RAM, video yields and USB inputs (parallel necessities for AMD-based CPU and GPU are similarly as strict).

Sufficiently simple, in case you’re willing to burn through $1,200 or all the more, however a large portion of the work areas we’ve tried that fit the bill are gaming rigs in the most exemplary feeling of the word. That implies they’re enormous, they’re substantial and their plans do not have a specific cosmopolitan pizazz. (That is in case we’re being liberal. If not, we could state they look like huge dorky gaming machines.)

Luckily, a bunch of organizations have figured out how to crush the required equipment into considerably littler, more alluring boxes. Of the VR-prepared work areas we’ve taken a gander at, Alienware (possessed by Dell) offers a sensibly estimated X51 smaller than usual pinnacle at the low end of the range; and we tried a midrange, midprice form of the astounding Origin PC Chronos (which incorporates cunning removable attractive elastic feet). In any case, the most ground-breaking VR-prepared PC we’ve tried to date is the Falcon Northwest Tiki, a scaled down pinnacle work area that figures out how to fit in more intense segments and more stockpiling than we’ve found in any of the full-measure work areas in our VR-prepared lineup.



Obviously, it’s likewise the most costly. This benchmark-smashing arrangement costs around $4,900 in the US (that is about £3,434 and AU$6,376, yet non-US requests should contact the organization for a custom statement), and incorporates an extraordinary version Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980ti illustrations card, and a quick 512GB PCI Express SSD in addition to an incredible 6TB of standard hard-drive stockpiling. Note that as part costs move, the correct cost of any form to-arrange PC can climb or down a bit. On the off chance that you stick to parts at the lower end of the required VR spec, the cost can get down to around $2,000, yet by then, you should decide on something like the passage level Asus or Alienware $999 (after packaged Oculus markdown) specials.

Framework NAME

In case you’re not kidding about VR, and are prepared put resources into a $600-$800 headset, in addition to a perfect PC, it merits pondering future-sealing. The base Core i5/GeForce 970 combo should run any of the primary influx of Rift/Vive encounters at the required 90 outlines for each second per eye, yet a large portion of those recreations are genuinely straightforward encounters, much of the time minimal superior to demos. What happens when the up and coming age of VR diversions, or the one from that point forward, comes nearer to top-end PC amusement designs? To run those future encounters at 90fps, you’ll require a great machine, and that is the reason it might bode well to purchase for one year from now’s diversions, as opposed to the ones accessible at the present time.

Remember, in any case, that the present age of Nvidia illustrations cards has been around for very nearly two years, and a refresh is generally expected at some point later in 2016. What that may mean for VR is obscure, however a GeForce 980 or 980ti will be more than sufficient for top of the line gaming for a decent time to come.

The Tiki assessed here accompanied a custom blue paint work, which adds a powerful $375 to the cost (yet it has a car like gleam and looks incredible). The substantial aluminum base is painted to coordinate, and gives a noteworthy purpose of outline separation amongst this and the Origin PC Chronos, another scaled down pinnacle VR-prepared PC. The Chronon sits on removable attractive elastic feet, which enables it to move amongst vertical and flat setups. While the Tiki can’t lie on its agree with the base appended, it anchors the framework, and keeps anybody from coincidentally thumping it over, as one may possibly do when fastened to a dream darkening virtual reality headset. The two plans have their focal points.

The vast majority of the ports and associations are on the back board, including the direct-from-the-GPU video yields required for virtual-reality equipment. There are not front ports, but rather two or three USB ports and sound in/out jacks are on the best board (in spite of the fact that the sound jacks should be marked). Up until this point, the Velocity Micro Raptor is the main work area we’ve tried with an exceptional arrangement of VR-prepared associations on the simple to achieve front board.

Not at all like a portion of the greater VR-prepared pinnacle PCs we’ve tried, redesigning the Tiki isn’t as straightforward as sliding a side board off. Two or three thumbscrews get you into the correct side board, and sensibly simple access to the CPU and hard drives. The designs card appears as though it would require some genuine screwdriver investment to unfasten, and everything is so firmly pressed into the water-cooled inside that there’s not a ton of space to play around.



Be that as it may, with a first class design this way, you likely won’t have any motivation to get redesign envy, in any event for some time. In our testing of use and diversion execution, in addition to some VR testing, this extremely costly Tiki design beat each PC we put it up against.

That is not startling, considering just the Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 had a GeForce 980Ti GPU, and just the Tiki was designed with a Core i7-X processor. Considerably more critical, it’s the first (and to date just) framework to score an ideal 11 out of 11 in Valve’s SteamVR test, which measures potential virtual-reality execution. For non-VR gaming, the Tiki was a fantasy, effectively playing amusements like Fallout 4, The Division and Mad Max at ultra detail settings, even up to full 4K determination.

Conclusion

For any individual who needs to pull out all the stops into VR, regardless of whether it’s creating diversions and applications, or simply playing them, picking the privilege VR-prepared PC is similarly as imperative as picking between the Oculus Rift or the Vive. We’ve tried and checked on numerous work areas (and one workstation) that either meet or surpass the base required specs, however this is both the most ground-breaking and most costly setup on our rundown.

That doesn’t mean you have to drop very nearly five thousand on a VR PC. Indeed, even a hand-made framework like the Falcon Northwest Tiki can be designed pleasantly for amongst $2,000 and $2,500. In case you’re not willing to spend in any event that much, look at the VR-prepared PCs being advanced by Oculus and others that can get down as low as $999, however be set up to put resources into overhauls or another framework in two or three years.

Media Multitasking test 3.0

NOTE: Shorter bars demonstrate better execution (in short order)

 

Geekbench 3 (Multi-Core)

NOTE: Longer bars demonstrate better execution

 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

NOTE: Longer bars demonstrate better execution

 

SteamVR execution test

NOTE: Longer bars demonstrate better execution

 

Framework Configurations

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