Falcon Northwest Tiki-Z Special Edition Crams Titan Z And Liquid Cooled i7-4790K CPU Into A Stylish Micro Tower

Subject: General Tech, Systems | August 16, 2014 - 01:40 AM |
Tagged: titan z, tiki-z, gtx titan z, gk110, falcon northwest, dual gpu

The Tiki-Z Special Edition is the latest custom PC from boutique vendor Falcon Northwest. This high-end enthusiast system, which starts at $5,614 manages to pack a dual GPU graphics card, liquid cooled CPU, 600W power supply, and up to 6TB of storage into a stylish micro tower that measures a mere 4” wide and 13” tall.

Falcon Northwest has taken the original Tiki chassis and made several notable tweaks to accommodate NVIDIA’s latest dual GPU card: the GeForce GTX TITAN Z which we reviewed here. The case has a custom (partial) side window that shows off the graphics card. This window can be green glass or smoke tinted acrylic with customizable laser cut venting. A ducted intake feeds cool air to the graphics card and vents at the rear and front of the case exhaust hot air. The exterior of the case can be painted in any single color of automobile paint for free or with a fully customized paint scheme with artwork at an additional cost.

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In addition to the Titan Z with its 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, and 8.1 TFLOPS of peak compute power, Falcon Northwest has packed a modular small form factor 600W PSU from SilverStone, an ASUS Z97I Plus motherboard, Intel Core i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” CPU with liquid cooler, up to 16GB of DDR3 1866MHz memory from G.Skill, and up to 6TB of storage (two 1TB SSDs and one 4TB Western Digital Green hard drive). The i7-4970K comes stock clocked at 4GHz (4.4GHz max turbo), but can be overclocked by Falcon Northwest upon request.

Needless to say, that is a lot of hardware to cram into a PC that can easily sit next to your monitor at your desk or in your living room!

The engineering, artwork, and support of this high end system all come at a price, however. The new Titan Z powered boutique PC starts at $5,614 USD and is available now from Falcon Northwest. To sweeten the deal, for a limited time Falcon Northwest is including a free ASUS PB287Q 4K monitor (3820x2160, 60Hz, 1ms response time, see more specification in our review) with each Tiki-Z purchase.

This system is an impressive feat of engineering and it certainly looks sharp with the artwork, custom side panel, and compact form factor. My only concern from a usability standpoint would be noise from the cooling systems for the GPU, CPU radiator, and PSU. One also has to consider that the Titan Z graphics card by itself is priced at $3,000 which puts the Tiki Z pricing back into the somewhat sane world of boutique PC pricing (heh at about $2,600 for the system minus the GPU). No question, this is not going to be a system for everyone and will even be a niche product within the niche market of those enthusiasts interested in pre-built gaming systems. Even so, if noise levels can be held in check it will make for one powerful little gaming box!

August 16, 2014 | 04:24 AM - Posted by Michael_2304583 (not verified)

The article says 4970k, but it's actually a 4790k.

August 16, 2014 | 10:44 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

Yep its not even a x99 system

August 16, 2014 | 09:39 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Oh, typo in the title, sorry! My notes say 4790k devil's canyon but when writing I guess my mind really wanted to see a 4970k in there haha.

August 16, 2014 | 04:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Timmay!!!!!

August 16, 2014 | 10:12 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

You can build a system with 2 6 gig gtx 780s in sli with i7 4790 for $2600 for similar performance with slight oc.

August 16, 2014 | 12:36 PM - Posted by Eddie (not verified)

But it wont be nearly as small as this. I would have liked to have seen 16gb of ram. If you are going to go all out on an ITX build do it properly, we have had 16GB kits for ages and its not that much of streach

August 16, 2014 | 08:34 PM - Posted by Pixy Misa (not verified)

You can configure it to 16GB, 8GB is just the base config.

August 16, 2014 | 09:35 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

You are correct, when I was looking at the configuration options previously all i saw was the 8GB (2x4GB) option but sure enough there is a 16GB option now :). 

August 17, 2014 | 11:08 AM - Posted by Does (not verified)

And why would you spend $2600 on that? All you need for a nice desktop computer is a mid-range CPU, mid-range GPU, 8 GBs and a decent 2K IPS monitor. That will probably set you back ~$1000.

In this bad economy with the job flying away to the "developing countries" at an alarming rate, only a psychopath would buy or recommend spending $2600 on that.

August 17, 2014 | 11:52 PM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

Agreed, i was making a point that at $2600 which is the price of the system without the titanz you can build a system that can outperform it. Probably even for much less.

August 20, 2014 | 12:05 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, and that's the best part about the DIY scene :). I'm not saying the Tiki-Z is the best price/perf but it is a kickass system (formfactor/design/has plenty of power) and $2600 is not unheard of for boutique/pre-built PCs.

August 16, 2014 | 11:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What case are they using? Is this an in-house custom?

August 16, 2014 | 09:47 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

The Tiki case is a custom design by Falcon Northwest http://www.falcon-nw.com/desktops/tiki.

August 16, 2014 | 01:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol over 5k for this ...no thank you

August 17, 2014 | 01:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What's that my little snuggims, You want Mommy to work as a stripper to pay for this gaming computer! Eric, Yessss!!!, I've got to show Stan that his PS4 is not all that, that smug look on his face, and my XBONE is not up to it, Damn it, mooommmyyy, NOW, get out there and get all jiggley with it, and it comes with a years supply of Cheesy Poofs, CHEESY POOFS!!!

August 17, 2014 | 02:22 PM - Posted by JohnGR

$5,614. The simplest, fastest and more accurate IQ test anyone can do.

August 17, 2014 | 07:12 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

I almost did a spit take of Dr pepper reading that. Haha!

August 17, 2014 | 05:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

But my Yorkfield 5850 combo still gets the job done !

August 18, 2014 | 07:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How poor do you all have to be to NOT be able to afford this without a second thought?

August 18, 2014 | 09:16 AM - Posted by nathanddrews

Hmm... bigger ep33n or IRA contribution?

August 19, 2014 | 01:57 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hehe, max out Roth IRA or Tiki-Z... I have to say the Tiki-Z sounds a heck of a lot more fun ;).

August 21, 2014 | 05:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

NOW we know who's hogging all of the SX600-Gs!

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