Razer has been talking about modular gaming PCs with sleek interchangeable parts for years. Now, after several concepts, CES unveils, and standard PC cases with accompanying branding, the company is selling a pre-built desktop PC for the first time.
The Tomahawk is the latest 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 one for an Intel NUC Element board that has the CPU, RAM, storage, and basically anything else you need for a functional pc.
The NUC module contains a 45 W Core i9-9980HK Coffee Lake processor, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB NVMe SSD and a 2 TB hard drive. The memory and storage can be upgraded, but the CPU cannot – unless Intel releases another compatible NUC board that you can swap directly in the Tomahawk. That Coffee Lake CPU is the kind of part you might find in a high-end gaming laptop, so while it’s fast these days, it might be something you’d want to upgrade later on.
The Tomahawk does have room for a full-size GPU up to 320 x 140mm and there is an option to order it with a pre-installed Nvidia GTX 3080 Founders Edition. The 210mm x 365mm x 150mm metal chassis has a 10 liter capacity, comes with a 750W power supply and uses active cooling. There are 4 USB-A 3.2 ports and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as built-in Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Razer says the small size is designed for taking to tournaments and LAN parties or just freeing up desk space .
You will really have to appreciate those attributes to make the Tomahawk worth it, as unsurprisingly, it doesn’t come cheap. Razer has priced it at $ 2,400 for the base model without a discrete GPU or $ 3,200 with a GTX 3080; Preorders are open in the US, but it is currently listed as out of stock.