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Razer, a company that defines itself as “by gamers, for gamers,” today unveiled its latest product, a modular NUC dubbed the Tomahawk. Available as both a barebones package and a top-tier gaming solution, the Razer Tomahawk seeks to offer a “cutting edge” blend of features, performance, and graphics card compatibility, all in a NUC-inspired chassis. Some of the key specs include a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, with a 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, 2TB hard drive storage, 16GB of DDR4-2667 memory, and an optional RTX 3080.

The term NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is often used when it comes to ultra-compact desktop computers, even when NUC is technically an Intel term. Going back to 2014, when the CEO of Razer unveiled a conceptual design for a modular PC dubbed “Project Christine,” Intel seemed to have taken a step forward with what he called Element. We’ve seen plenty of Intel NUCs hit the market this year, including the NUC 9 Extreme (NUC9i9QNX), which we reviewed in April. Razer being Razer took this idea a step further and created its own version of the NUC, with the Razer Tomahawk.

What sets the Razer Tomahawk apart from other NUCs on the market is its full-scale ability to install a full-size graphics card with a maximum length of 320mm, with a maximum height of 140mm. This departs from common small form factor systems, which typically have to go for smaller alternatives such as the NVIDIA GTX 1650. The Razer Tomahawk has a tool-less sled that allows users to access the system, which allows users to access the system. which could be to upgrade storage or even install a new graphics card.

Although this is a “modular” system, it is essentially a PCIe backplane with two PCIe slots. In one slot is the graphics card, and in the other is “the rest of the PC”. This rest of the PC includes an overclockable 45W mobile processor (not upgradeable), memory (upgradeable) and storage (upgradeable). While there is a barebones option, Razer pre-populates all models with a 512GB NVMe SSD, 2TB hard drive, and 16GB DDR4-2667 (Razer doesn’t say if it’s 1 × 16 or 2 × 8). On both models there is a spare M.2 NVMe slot, and the barebones just don’t have the discrete GPU, but the integrated GPU can be used if there is no discrete GPU present.

It wouldn’t be a Razer product if it didn’t have RGB LEDs. It features an illuminated green Razer logo on the front panel, with addressable RGB LEDs under the chassis to give a bit of flair. Focusing on the size, the Tomahawk chassis measures 19.23 x 24.15 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD), so it’s slim and also weighs 16.2 lbs. In terms of volume, the chassis itself measures 10L, which is large enough to accommodate all of the components when designed efficiently.

Razer Tomahawk Gaming NUC Desktop PC
Component Barebones Complete system
CPU Intel Core i9-9980HK (Coffee Lake)
8 cores / 16 threads
2.4 GHz base
Turbo 5,0 GHz
TDP 45 W
GPU Optional (Intel UHD 630 if none)

NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founders Edition
Boost de 1,71 GHz
10 Go GDDR6X
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2667 memory
Storage room 512 Go NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
2TB 5400RPM hard drive
1 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 (open)
Networking 2 x LAN Gigabit
Wireless Intel AX200 (Wi-Fi 6 / BT 5.0)
E / S 2 ports USB 3.2 G2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
4 ports USB 3.2 G2 de type A
1 3.5mm audio jack
2 x Gigabit RJ45
1 x HDMI 2.0a
l audio 3.5mm TOSLINK combo port
Power SFX 750 W power supply unit
Dimensions 19.23 x 24.15 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD)
Weight 16.2 lbs / 7.35 kg 18.3 lbs / 8.3 kg
Pricing 2 400 $ 3200 $
Availability ???

Given the nature of the hardware installed, Razer has chosen to actively cool the processor and includes two top-mounted 120mm chassis fans, with ventilation on both side panels and the top panel. Powering the Tomahawk is a preinstalled 750W SFX power supply, although Razer has not specified the exact model.

In terms of connectivity, the Tomahawk includes four USB 3.2 G2 Type-A ports, with two Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports and a single HDMI 2.0a video output. Users opting for the full package, including an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founders Edition graphics card, add three DisplayPort 1.4b and a single HDMI 2.1 video output. The networking includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports driven by unspecified controllers, while there is also an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 interface, which includes support for BT 5.0 devices. Nestled between the motherboard and graphics, I / O is a single 3.5mm audio jack that can accommodate speakers or act as a TOSLINK combo port.

Some possible use cases for those with Bottomless pockets or shallow desks might find this ideal system to take to the local network, to and from work, or even for a content creator on the go. While Razer unveiled its own chassis called the Tomahawk Elite at CES 2019, the Tomahawk gaming system is a high-quality, RGB-infused version of Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme.

As mentioned earlier, the Razer Tomahawk gaming desktop will be available as a barebone version without a graphics card for a base price of $ 2,400, while the full model equipped with an RTX 3080 Founders Edition will cost $ 3,200. It’s not a cheap expense, especially for an Intel system with an RTX 3080, but the latter hasn’t been easy to find lately.

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