At CES 2020 Razer toned down their weird selection of products, likely thanks to a history of concept product theft. That hasn’t stopped the peripheral-company-turned-PC-maker from showing off the company’s latest foray into PC building with the Tomahawk, a “Mini Gaming Desktop” for “gaming enthusiasts and system integrators looking to build out their own custom rig.”
The Tomahawk will come in two flavors, pre-built and chassis-only. The former isn’t too shabby of a machine, boasting the following specs:
- Up to an Intel® Core i9-9980HK 8-Core Processor
- Dual Channel DDR4 SODIMMs, 1.2V max 64GB @ 2400MHz or 32GB @ 2666MHz
- HDMI 2.0a Connector
- Supports 3x 4K Displays (Intel UHD Graphics)
- 2x M.2 Key M slots (80/110)
- 2x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
- 6x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A connectors
- 2x Intel 10/100/1000 Mbps (i219-LM and i210-AT) Ethernet ports
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series graphics
- Small Form Factor build & Modular design
Built on Intel’s NUC 9 modular design, there are some expected limitations considering the size and frame of the Tomahawk. It only supports SFX power supplies, obviously only one GPU (albeit a full-size one), and 2 M.2 slots.
Truth be told, it’s possible the Tomahawk never see’s the light of day, much like last year’s revealed Tomahawk Elite. The Tomahawk seems more realistic for the company to put out, though considering how many gamers love the company for it’s high-performance mice, keyboards, other peripherals, and laptops, it’s hard to imagine Razer releasing this case unless the company see’s significant customer desire for it.
What we’re interested in though is building a custom rig based off NUC 9 with some serious cooling options. Using our own air- and liquid-cooling options, there’s no reason a small-frame modular-designed desktop can’t have performance-grade cooling systems. It sounds great for first-time overclockers looking to learn without needing to build a full-size rig, or for grizzled ancients like myself looking to play around without having to dig under the desk every few minutes.
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