Razer has been talking about modular gaming PCs with swappable parts for years. Now, after various concepts, CES revealed, and standard PC cases with related brands, the company is actually selling pre-built desktop PCs 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 the full-sized GPU and another for the Intel NUC Element board, which contains the CPU, RAM, storage, and basically everything else you need for a functional PC.
The NUC module includes a 45W Core i9-9980HK Coffee Lake processor, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB NVMe SSD, and a 2 TB hard drive. The memory and storage are upgradeable, but the CPU isn’t – unless Intel releases another compatible NUC board, you can swap directly to the Tomahawk. Those Coffee Lake CPUs are the kind of parts you might find in high-end gaming laptops, so even if it’s fast right now, you might want to upgrade in the future.
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The Tomahawk does have space for a full-size GPU up to 320 x 140 mm, and there’s an option to order it with an Nvidia RTX 3080 Founders Edition pre-installed. The 210 mm x 365 mm x 150 mm metal chassis is 10L in capacity, comes with a 750W PSU, and uses active cooling. There are 4 USB-A 3.2 ports and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as onboard Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 small size that designed for bringing to tournaments and LAN parties or just freeing up desk space.
You’ll have to really value those attributes for the Tomahawk to be worth it because it does not come cheap. Razer has priced it at $2,400 for the base model without a discrete GPU or $3,200 with an RTX 3080; preorders have opened in the US, but it’s currently out of stock.