For years, Razer has been talking about modular gaming PCs with streamlined, replaceable parts. After CES’s various concepts and standard branded PC cases, the company is indeed making a prefabricated desktop PC for the first time.
The Tomahawk is the final version of what we saw at CES 2020 in January. It’s a simple case design with two PCIe slots: one for a full-size GPU and the other for an Intel NUC Element card that includes CPU, RAM, storage, and basically everything you need for a functional computer .
The NUC module includes a 45W Core i9-9980HK Coffee Lake processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB of NVMe SSD and a 2TB hard drive. Memory and storage can be upgraded, but the CPU can’t – unless Intel issues another compatible NUC card that you can replace directly on your Tomahawk. This Coffee Lake CPU is the kind of component you can find in a high-end gaming laptop, so while it’s fast these days, you’ll probably need something you want to upgrade.
The Tomahawk has space for a full-size GPU up to 320 x 140 mm, and it is also possible to order a pre-installed Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition. The 210mm x 365mm x 150mm metal housing comes with a 10-liter, 750W PSU and uses active cooling. It has 4 USB-A 3.2 and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Razer says the small size is designed to attract you to competitions and LAN parties, or just free up desktop space.
You need to really appreciate these attributes to make your Tomahawk worthwhile because it’s not surprisingly cheap. Razer priced the base model at $ 2,400 without a discrete GPU, or $ 3,200 with an RTX 3080; pre-orders have opened in the U.S. but are currently out of stock.