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Gaming Desktops Usually they are either large and heavy animals in their original size or miniaturized boxes that lack the strength to impress. And whether you buy a complete system or an empty chassis to fill it with components, they are often on the confusing side.

Razer does eye-catching laptopsSo I wasn't surprised when I saw 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 initially assumed 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 part, 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 towards Razer's excellent gaming laptopsThe 15-inch and 17-inch models get a new display option for a 300 Hz LCD screen with refresh rate.