This tiny 18-core PC is more powerful than you could possibly imagine

Falcon Northwest Tiki Machine

That’s right; you read correctly. 18 cores is exactly what we meant. To say dynamite comes in small packages would be an insult to the Tiki.

Thanks to its absurdly over specced CPU, the 18-core Xeon E5-2699 V3, when describing Falcon Northwest’s newest Tiki PC, overkill is an understatement.


Tiki PC - Xeon E5-2699 V3

Look at the size difference between the Xeon E5-2699 V3 (left) and the Core i7-5960X (right). Image courtesy of PC World.

But wait, it gets better. Intel’s super CPU is also hyper threading capable, making the Xeon E5-2699 V3 a CPU with 36 threads!

Want to see what that looks like in Windows’ Task Manager?


Tiki PC - Task Manager CPU Threads

Intel’s Xeon E5-2699 V3 is sexiest when we’re watching it work. Image courtesy of PC World.

And while raw CPU performance, something this CPU has in spades, is great to have, it’ll mean little to nothing without a meaty GPU to back it up.

So in the name of overkill, Falcon Northwest has strapped a GTX Titan X into this little baby, turning the Tiki up to 11.

With the compute performance to handle 4K games all on its own, a GTX Titan X is one heck of a card.

Project CARS at 12K is unlikely with but a single GTX Titan X, but running something like The Witcher 3 on Ultra would be child’s play.


Tiki PC - Inside Falcon Northwest's Tiki Machine

Everything inside the Tiki is designed for one thing, being FAST. Image courtesy of PC World.

If you’re at all technically inclined, you’re probably curious how Falcon Northwest has managed to squeeze a Xeon E5-2699 V3 into a tiny chassis like the Tiki.

According to PC World, it’s all down to Asrock’s X99E-ITX/AC motherboard.


Tiki PC - Asrock's X99E-ITX-AC Motherboard

Asrock’s X99E-ITX-AC motherboard is a feat of engineering. Image courtesy of PC World.

In order to fit LGA2011-V3 and its X99 chipset onto a Mini ITX motherboard, Asrock would have had to accommodate 4 DDR4 RAM modules.

That may sound like good news, DDR4 is absurdly fast after all, but there just isn’t room, so Asrock added 2.

That means dual rather than quad-channel RAM support, and around half the bandwidth, which isn’t optimum, but with 32GB RAM at your disposal, you won’t notice in everyday applications.


To top it off, Falcon Northwest has thought outside of the box and made use of an Intel 750-series SSD as the Tiki’s hard drive. Trust us, that’s one stellar SSD.

And yes naysayers, we realise that the 750-series uses a PCIe slot, and Asrock’s Mini ITX board only has the one, and that’s taken up by the NVIDIA’s badboy.

What Falcon Northwest has done, rather ingeniously, is use Intel’s SFF-8639 server version of the SSD. It doesn’t use PCIe and so works perfectly well in the Tiki.

It also keeps the Tiki tiny. In fact, it’s only 13 inches tall and 4 inches wide. That means it’s only slightly taller than your standard 30cm ruler.

It’s only just bigger than the Xbox 360 and PS3.


Tiki PC - Versus Console Size Comparison

The Tiki in comparison to the PS3 and Xbox 360. Image courtesy of PC World.

And the price of this marvel, this magnificent absurdity, is $9,196 (roughly R110,608.11) for the bottom of the range Tiki. That’s right, BOTTOM OF THE RANGE.

Good luck trying to afford one.

If you’d like to know more, we’d recommend either checking out PC World’s review or Falcon Northwest’s website.

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