Razer has been breaking into all sorts of new niches lately, but just yesterday it had to sell a fully standalone desktop PC. Which is strange, given its position as the trendsetter of the PC gaming world. After a few years of making limited cover designs, the Tomahawk is Razer̵
Razer calls the design both SFF (which stands for “small form factor,” a la Shuttle) and modular, which is both true. The last description is because it is based on Intel’s NUC 9 platform: it includes a Compute Element module that contains the processor, motherboard and RAM all in one piece and adds the graphics card to meet your needs. That makes the Tomahawk considerably less modular than, say, a standard ATX desktop PC, but upgrading in different “chunks” (NUC module, M.2 SSDs, graphics card) should be fairly easy. Access to the inside is provided via a handy sliding rail system on the back.
The NUC is based on a Core i9-9980HK, a powerful 8-core processor that is a bit behind the cutting edge, as Intel has not yet updated its Compute Element platform. The module includes two USB-C ports and four USB-A, plus an almost additional HDMI port, two Ethernet ports for wired networking and a headphone jack on the back. The rest of the I / O comes from the graphics card. The RGB-equipped housing can handle a full-length card and with its compact 750-watt power supply, it keeps it going too. Generous side and rear ventilation keep components cool. It includes a 512 GB SSD drive and a 2 TB hard drive, with an additional empty M.2 slot for additional storage. The setup uses 16 GB of RAM (which can be upgraded with laptop SO-DIMMs if you open the Intel Compute Element), Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
But don’t expect the Tomahawk to be price-competitive with home-built ITX gaming PCs, or even third-party boutique offerings like the Corsair One. The base price for the small Tomahawk is $ 2400, which does not include a graphics card. If you’d like to add the latest NVIDIA RTX 3080 instead of supplying your own, the price will go up to $ 3,640. Remember that it is currently “sold out” on Razer’s store, so it seems the high price will have the biggest does not deter the company.