Desktop gaming has always involved a little bit of space to accommodate a proper tower PC. Sure, you can opt for a more compact desktop case, but then you’ll be limited with the size of graphics cards and the amount of expansion slots you can get. The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop seeks to change that by offering a small form factor desktop that can accommodate full-sized graphics cards.
How the heck do you fit a large graphics card on a small form factor case? For this instance, Razer is doing it by ditching traditional motherboard setups in favor of the Intel NUC architecture. To the unfamiliar, the NUC, basically, shrinks the motherboard, processor, RAM, and SSD inside a compact self-contained cartridge, allowing you to simply add a GPU and any additional storage. As such, the core components that would normally take a significant amount of room inside the case have now been confined to a small section, giving you the needed room to add one of those large GPUs with multiple cooling systems onboard if that’s what you want.
The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop uses the Intel NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element Card, which contains an Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD, all of which are a nice foundation for a decent gaming PC. They pair it with a 2TB HDD inside the case, with more slots for additional storage if you ever need them. If you order it with a GPU, Razer is equipping the desktop with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, that ultra-powerful graphics card every gamer with disposable income is trying to get their hands on these days.
If you already have your own perfectly-good GPU at home, you can also opt to leave the PCIe slot open. And yes, this thing supports full-sized GPUs, so you can go all out with the biggest, baddest graphics card your budget will allow.
The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop comes with top-mounted dual fans for cooling, so you may want to keep this on a shelf above your desk, just so you don’t get the brunt of hot air rising out of the chassis. And yes, it supports Razer Chroma RGB, with LEDs under the chassis providing an underglow that can sync with the rest of your Razer hardware. Other features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, two Thunderbolt 3 slots, four USB-A ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, audio ports, and a 750W power supply.
Listed dimensions for the all-metal case are 19.2 x 24.2 x 14.4 inches (height x depth x width), which is definitely a lot smaller than your traditional desktop tower, making it ideal for taking along if you’re the type of dude who plays at LAN parties. The case, by the way, has a slide-out design that allows you to simply pull out all of the computer’s components, making it easy to replace the GPU, add storage, or even replace the NUC cartridge entirely once it gets a little outdated.
The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop is available now, priced at $2,399.99 without a GPU and $3,199.99 with an RTX 3080.