The Razer Tomahawk is a chic looking new gaming desktop – CNET

Razer Tomahawk gaming computer product Photos-6

Razer Tomahawk gaming computer product Photos-6

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Gaming desktops are usually either full-sized, heavy animals or miniaturized boxes that cannot impress. And whether you buy them as a complete system or as an empty chassis to build them from scratch, they are often on the confusing side.

Razer makes eye-catching laptops, so I wasn't surprised to see a sharp-looking little box called Razer Tomahawk here in the Razer Las Vegas demo suite CES 2020, But I was surprised that it was a full gaming desktop. Due to the size and shape, I had assumed at first glance that it was an eGPU box, an external box that was just big enough for a graphics card and a power supply unit to connect to an undersupplied laptop or desktop.

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But no, this was a full gaming desktop with an Intel Core i9 CPU and an Nvidia RTX 2080 desktop graphics card. When I pulled the internal compartment out of the back of the system using a handle (similar to an eGPU box), the compartment offered just enough space for a desktop GPU, a power supply and a compact Intel-specific unit with a Core i9 ( or Core i7) CPU as well as RAM (up to 64 GB) and SSD storage of the system.

This Intel product, which is part of the company's Next Unit of Computing platform, is called the NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element and is the only brain to date that the Tomahawk is compatible with. However, you can still get the system in two different forms.

It will also be available as a full PC called the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop. As a standalone chassis, it is called Tomahawk N1. Both should be available sometime in the first half of 2020. No prices yet, but a premium chassis alone can cost hundreds, so it's probably not cheap.

And if your taste is more aimed at the excellent gaming notebook from Razer, the 15 and 17 inch models get a new display option for a 300 Hz LCD screen with refresh rate.