Razer, a company that poses as “of players, for players”, has today unveiled its latest product, a modular NUC called Tomahawk. Available as both a barebones package and a high-level gaming solution, the Razer Tomahawk seems to offer a ‘groundbreaking’ mix of functionality, performance and graphics card compatibility, all in a NUC-inspired chassis. Some of the key specifications include an Intel 9th generation Core i9 processor, with a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, 2 TB HDD storage, 16 GB DDR4-2667 memory and an optional RTX 3080.
The term NUC (Next Unit of Computing) is thrown a lot when it comes to super small form factor desktops, even when NUC is technically an Intel term. Going all the way back to 201
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 up to 320 mm, with a maximum height of 140 mm. This moves away from standard small form factor systems, which generally have to choose smaller options like the NVIDIA GTX 1650. The Razer Tomahawk has a tool-free sled that gives users access to the system, which can be to upgrade the storage space or even install a new graphics card.
Although this is a ‘modular’ system, it is actually a PCIe backplane with two PCIe slots. In one slot is the graphics card, and in the other is “the rest of the PC”. The rest of the PC includes a 45 W overclockable mobile processor (non-upgradeable), memory (upgradeable) and storage (upgradeable). Despite being a barebones option, Razer fills all models with a 512 GB NVMe SSD, a 2 TB HDD and 16 GB DDR4-2667 (Razer does not say whether this is 1×16 or 2×8). On both models there is an extra M.2 NVMe slot, and barebones simply lack the discrete GPU, but the integrated GPU can be used if a discrete GPU is not present.
It would not be a Razer product if it did not have RGB LEDs. It includes an illuminated green Razer logo on the front panel, with addressable RGB LEDs on the underside of the case to give some style. With a focus on size, the Tomahawk chassis is 19.23 x 24.15 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD), so it’s agile and weighs in at 16.2 kg. In terms of volume, the chassis itself is 10 L, which is large enough to fit all components when designed efficiently.
|Razer Tomahawk Gaming NUC Desktop|
|Component||Bare bones||Full system|
|processor||Intel Core i9-9980HP (Coffee Lake)
8 cores / 16 thread
2.4 GHz base
5.0 GHz Turbo
45 W TDP
(Intel UHD 630 if none)
|NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founders Edition
1.71 GHz boost
10 GB GDDR6X
|Memory||16 GB DDR4-2667|
|Storage||512 GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
2 TB 5400 RPM hard drive
1 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 (open)
|Network||2 x Gigabit LAN|
|Wireless||Intel AX200 (Wi-Fi 6 / BT 5.0)|
|I / O||2 x USB 3.2 G2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
4 x USB 3.2 G2 Type-A
1 x 3.5 mm audio connector
2 x Gigabit RJ45
1 x HDMI 2.0a
|Sound||3.5 mm TOSLINK combination port|
|Power||750 W SFX power supply|
|Dimensions||19.23 x 24.15 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD)|
|Weight||7.35 kg||8.3 kg|
|Prices||$ 2400||$ 3200|
Given the installed hardware, Razer has chosen to actively cool the processor and includes two top-mounted 120 mm chassis fans, with ventilation on both side panels and the top panel. The power supply for the Tomahawk is a pre-installed 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 who choose 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. Networks include two Gigabit Ethernet ports powered by unspecified controllers, while there is also an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 interface, which includes support for BT 5.0 devices. I / O is located between the motherboard and the graphics, and is a single 3.5 mm audio connector that can house speakers or act as a TOSLINK combination port.
A few possible use scenarios for those with Bottomless pockets or shallow desks can find this as an ideal system to take to the LAN, to and from work, or even for an on-the-go content creator. While Razer unveiled its own chassis called the Tomahawk Elite back at CES 2019, the Tomahawk Gaming System is a higher grade and RGB-infused version of Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme.
As previously mentioned, the Razer Tomahawk gaming table will be available as barebones without a graphics card at a base price of $ 2400, while the entire model equipped with an RTX 3080 Founders Edition will cost $ 3200. It is not a cheap outlay, especially for an Intel system with an RTX 3080, but the latter has not been easy to come too late.