What you need to know
- Razer today launched its new Tomahawk gaming desktop.
- The PC combines the Tomahawk case flavor with a powerful set of modular components.
- The Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is expected to be available for preorder this month starting at $2,399 exclusively from Razer (opens in new tab).
Razer's compact gaming PC, which it first showed off at CES 2020, is finally here. The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop goes up for preorder this month, and it brings a unique, modular design built around Intel's NUC platform. The result is a tiny, but powerful gaming PC that makes for relatively easy upgrades and takes up very little space on your desk.
The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop shares a design lineage with Razer's ATX and mini-ITX PC cases (opens in new tab) of the same name. With the Tomahawk Gaming Desktop, though, you get a full PC that's ready to go out of the box. All of it is packed into a chassis that's highly reminiscent of Razer's Core X Chroma (opens in new tab) eGPU for laptops.
Inside, you'll find an Intel NUC, which is a package deal that combines the 9th Gen Core i9 CPU, RAM, SSD, and motherboard in an all-in-one unit that's easily removed and upgraded with another NUC, should you decide to do so down the line. There's a separate slot for the graphics card, where you can either provide your own or order a Tomahawk with an NVIDIA RTX 3080 already packed inside.
All of the internals are attached to a sled mechanism that slides in and out of the case for easy access. To access the components for upgrades, or even just for a routine cleaning, you slide the sled out and simply detach whatever you're swapping out. No tools necessary.
|Category||Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Processor||9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK, 2.4 GHz / 5.0 GHz (Turbo)|
8 core, 16 thread, 16 MB cache
|Graphics||Unpopulated PCIe slot (PCIe x16) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition|
|Memory||16 GB DDR4 2667 MHz|
|Storage||512 GB PCIe NVMe + 2 TB HDD (5400 RPM)|
|Additional storage||Unpopulated M.2 slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 (AX200)|
|Ports||4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A|
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
2x RJ-45 Ethernet
2.5mm Line Out / TOSLink, 3.5mm headset port
|Dimensions||19.23" x 24.15" x 14.4" (210mm x 365mm x 150mm)|
|Weight||16.2 lbs / 7.35 kg (without GPU)|
18.3 lbs / 8.3 kg (with GPU)
|Pricing||$2,399.99 (without GPU)|
$3,199.99 (with GPU)
This being a Razer product, of course there's RGB included. The Tomahawk chassis have a nice under-glow that can be synced up with any other Razer products you may have. The case itself has a much smaller footprint than most gaming PC builds you'll encounter, giving you more free desk space to work with.
Pricing is on the high side, though that's to be expected when you're talking about an enthusiast rig like this. If you're providing your own graphics card, you can pick up the Tomahawk Gaming Desktop without a GPU for $2,399.99. There's also the option to snag one with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, which puts the price at $3,199.99.
Razer says that the Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is set to go up for preorder in December, but there's no availability date just yet. It will be available to order exclusively from Razer's own online store to start. If you like the look of the Tomahawk, but would rather put together your own build, you can pick up the Tomahawk ATX or mini-ITX PC cases starting at $179 (opens in new tab).
Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop
The Razer Tomahawk is a premium, compact gaming PC built around a novel, modular design. The result is a powerful gaming PC that's super easy to upgrade and won't take up much space on your desk.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is similar to Project Christine that we seen from Razer a while back.
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