• Falcon Northwest FragBox is too small to be this powerful

    Falcon Northwest's custom FragBox gaming computer manages to stuff a modern processor, two graphics cards and 24 gigs of RAM into a case the size of a largish shoebox. It's even got a handle, so you can hypothetically carry around with you.
    It's always tough to decide whether to buy a laptop or a desktop. Do you go more expensive and less powerful and portable, or slightly cheaper and beastly and hard to lug around? The FragBox is a compromise, sort of, putting all the guts and glory of a high-end gaming PC into a 15 inch long, eight inch tall case that weighs a mere 25 pounds including a carrying handle. I'm not sure I'd call it portable, but I would call it more portable than most desktops.

    The FragBox doesn't skimp on the specs, either, finding some way of holding a staggering 24 gigs of RAM, dual Radeon 6970s, an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor, and a 256 gig SSD, all of which only cost me about $5,600 when I configured my fantasy system just now. Lesser (but still respectable) systems start at a mere $1,700, and how could you not paint it orange for just $400 more.

    The Falcon Northwest Fragbox packs a true gaming PC punch in its shoebox size rig with an Intel Core i7 processor, dual video cards, 24 GB of RAM and more, all starting at $1,700. Chris Hardwick and Morgan Webb take a close look at the Fragbox to see if it'll fulfill your gaming needs.

    What You Need To Know

    • The Falcon Northwest Fragbox is just as compact as we remember.
    • The PC measures about 15" long and 8" tall.
    • The Fragbox weighs about 25 lbs, so you'll have no problem carrying the rig to LAN parties.
    • Falcon Northwest also offers custom paint jobs for an extra $400.
    • The RAM slots and hard drive bays are located underneath the Blu-ray drive and power supply, which makes adding extra RAM or a hard drive a little tough.
    • The second video card slot is easy to get t, so you can add another one with no problem.
    • All the cables are managed nicely, giving the Fragbox a clean look.
    • Falcon Northwest has crammed a lot of power into this little Fragbox, which means it's able to keep up with the giant gaming PCs of the world.
    • Our gaming benchmarks have scored really well for a machine at this price point.
    • Games like Crysis 2 were maxed out with absolutely no lag and played perfectly, which means this rig should have no trouble for years to come.


    • Intel 2nd Generation Core i5-2500K (a.k.a. "Sandy bridge") Processor, 3.3 GHz, overclocked to 4 GHz
    • ASUS P8P67-M PRO Micro ATX motherboard
    • 8 Gigabytes 1333 MHz DDR3 memory
    • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card with 1.5 Gigabytes GDDR5 memory
    • Two Western Digital 500 Gig 7,200 RPM drives combined in a RAID 0 array for 1 Terabyte total storage
    • SilverStone 750 Watt modular power supply
    • LG Blu-Ray reader
    • Media Reader
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    • 3 Year parts and labor warranty with 1 year of Falcon Overnight service
    • Price as of 2/9 - $2,469 (unpainted)
    • Custom paintwork starts at $365 for any color the customer desires. Custom artwork adds to that and pricing varies depending on what the art is and what the customer wants.


    • $2,500 for this configuration (without the paint job).

    Source: G4TV
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. iLOVENZB's Avatar
      iLOVENZB -
      Why would people pay a premium for small form factor builds?
    1. Cabalo's Avatar
      Cabalo -
      It's called the Lan Party factor.
    1. godofhell's Avatar
      godofhell -
      i see this thing having alot of heat issues.
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      Quote Originally Posted by godofhell View Post
      i see this thing having alot of heat issues.
      I think the circular pattern on the left side is a fan inlet/outlet so maybe wont be too bad
    1. godofhell's Avatar
      godofhell -
      if we're talking about a gaming PC that hole is not enough. I have 5 fans in my case and it still gets hot
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      ah yeh, I see yer point. With a spec like that, you'd be using it for that quite a bit

      lol The mouse is the Logitech G9 painted yellow lol
    1. josh87's Avatar
      josh87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by duke0102 View Post
      ah yeh, I see yer point. With a spec like that, you'd be using it for that quite a bit

      lol The mouse is the Logitech G9 painted yellow lol
      you notice the mouse but not the Logitech G15 keyboard painted yellow either hehe
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      you notice the mouse but not the Logitech G15
      The keyboard says G15 on it in the picture so no I didn't miss that lol. I've got the same mouse and am tempted to do something similar to it as with the picture