The Match V – Ultra powered Gaming Machine

falconFalcon Northwest’s Mach V gaming desktop is a firecracker inside a beautiful aluminum chassis. The Mach V sports a spanking-new (Nehalem-based) Intel Core i7 965 Extreme processor that’s been over clocked from 3.2 GHz to 3.8 GHz using only air cooling. Added to this is more RAM than we’ve ever seen in a desktop machine–a whopping 12GB of DDR3-1066 memory–along with an Intel 80GB solid state drive for booting and a 1-terabyte, 7200-rpm Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive for storage. Hardcore Computer’s Reactor and Xi’s MTower HAF-SLI. The Xi pushes the limit for over clocking by cranking an older 3.33-GHz Core 2 Duo E8600 to an eyeball-popping 4.5 GHz, while the Reactor completely submerges its components in nonconductive oil.

Mach V configuration includes an LG Blu-ray burner/HD-DVD reader, in addition to a Lite-on DVD writer. For expandability, four external 5.25-inch drive bays are open for upgrades, as are four internal 3.5-inch hard-disk bays. The Mach V’s internals are well put together, with all cables neatly grouped and concealed where possible.

The Mach V’s Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard holds a good number of ports: eight USB, two Firewire 400, and one eSATA. You also get built-in 5.1-channel audio and two ethernet ports. The front of the case is a touch more anemic, hiding four USB ports and a single Firewire 400 port beneath a locking door. At least there’s plenty of room to plug in the Mach V’s Logitech G15 keyboard (included). We’d almost rather not plug in its companion mouse, as the Logitech G9’s misplaced DPI buttons are hardly satisfying for the kinds of games you’ll be playing on this sweet rig.

This is one of the most powerful gaming machines in the market. Have a go and test yourself.

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