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Talon/Falcon Northwest Prelim (Page 2/4)

Posted: January 28, 2000
Written by: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

The Interview

Without further ado - Q&A by Falcon Northwest Founder and President, Kelt Reeves.

Tweak3D: For readers who don't know about Falcon Northwest, could you please tell me a little about your company and what you do?

Kelt: We're a small company based in Ashland, Oregon. Right on the California border. We've been making Gaming PCs since 1992, long before the term came into popular use. We didn't invent the concept of PC gaming obviously, but we were the first to design and market PCs specifically for gaming. We make systems ranging from the $1,249 basic Talon systems to the $10K beasts for the rich and famous. But our average customers are just regular guys and gals who like to blow up stuff :)

Tweak3D: What does your position as President of Falcon Northwest entail?

Kelt: Well lately I've been building a lot of Talons! We vastly underestimated demand for this product so it's been a lot of 15 hours days catching up on production. When I'm not wielding a screwdriver in a threatening manner, I take care of marketing mainly. But since this has evolved from a one man company over the years, I have done, and still dabble in just about all aspects of the business.

Tweak3D: What makes the Talon system different from the other sub-$2000 PC's on the market? What does Falcon Northwest have in their systems that Dell/Compaq/HP doesn't in this price range?

Kelt: Actually since sub $2K PC's have less in them, the Talon is more similar to a mass production PC than our custom models. But it's designed for games first and foremost and doesn't cut the corners the big guys do. The core graphics is a 166 MHz Voodoo 3 3000. Dell uses a Voodoo 3 as well - their especially slow 125 MHz Voodoo 3000 "-D" model. And we take care of the A3D audio with the Diamond Monster sound MX300 with the Aureal Vortex 2 chip. Even though Talon was designed to be cost efficient, there's nothing integrated onto the motherboard. Talons are almost as upgradeable as our MACH V series, so they're a good platform for someone just getting into the hobby to grow on.

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