Razer reveals Tomahawk, a modular and incredibly easy to build gaming PC

Razer is no stranger to innovation, and CES 2020 has not disappointed! Introducing Tomahawk; a next-level gaming PC even a complete beginner can build
Razer Tomahark gaming pc
Razer launches the Tomahawk Gaming Desktop this week at CES. Image: Razer


Californian gaming manufacturer Razer was founded in 2005, and quickly secured their place in the world of tech hardware. Razer’s very first product, the Diamondback mouse, became the top-selling gaming product of all time.

They have since won the Best of CES award for seven years in a row. Accolades include the People’s Choice Award, Best PC, Best Gaming Device and Best Concept.

Tomahawk Gaming Desktop

This new modular desktop system, launching this week at CES in Las Vegas, is a genius compromise between a ready-made PC and building your own hardware from scratch.

The system leverages the new ultra-compact Razer Tomahawk N1 chassis. It has been created in partnership with Intel.

An Intel NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element provides a compact powerhouse. Intel’s latest NUCs take things up a notch incorporating the motherboard, CPU, RAM and storage all on one PCI-E card. This creates the ideal starting point for – literally anyone – to be able to build their own PC.

Razer Tomahawk modular gaming PC
Modular architecture allow users to build with ease a gaming system that packs a punch. Image: Razer

Build it yourself

Tomahawk buyers can select their NUC up to an Intel Core-i9 processor. The top-spec offers 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Choice of GPU goes up to the NVIDIA GeForce RT 2080 Super.

To assemble your shiny new system, simply plug in your NCU and GPU into the PCI-E slots in the Tomahawk case. Connect the power cables, and you are ready to play!

It really is that simple.

Both the RAM and SSD modules on the NUC card are upgradeable as well as the fans, GPU and NUC itself. Razer say this is ‘to satisfy the needs of the most demanding gamers, streamers, and content creators alike‘.

This isn’t quite the same experience as building your own system from scratch. The customisation is limited to the NUC and GPU. However, if you haven’t built your own PC before, or don’t want the stress of selecting every individual component, it’s a great option with powerful performance.

Having the option of upgrading just about every component offers real flexibility. If at any point you decide to replace any part, the Tomahawk makes it easy to make gradual adjustments.

Razer at CES 2020
Razer has won Best of CES for seven years in a row. Image: Razer via Twitter

Sharp design

The N1 chassis is a super sleek aluminium design, with vents located at the top. The locking mechanism is a simple lock-and-slide system to make it easy to access.

Tempered glass sides showcase the GPU, and present the stylish design we expect from Razer. The chassis is compact and minimal, with the capacity to achievehigh clock speeds and framerates without the bulk of a full-sized desktop‘.

For gamers keen to have a more hands-on build, the N1 will be available to buy as a standalone build case.

Launch date

We don’t know exactly when the Tomahawk will be available to buy. Razer say this will be in the first half of this year.

The Tomahawk is one of a range of new gaming products showcased at CES this year. Razer have also introduced their Kishi gaming controllers. The controllers support low-latency gameplay on both iOS and Android.

With the future of gaming looking to be cloud-based, Razer are staying on top of the curve.

Jason Schwartz, Head of Mobile Gaming, saysRazer is excited to strengthen its collaboration with NVIDIA by joining their GeForce NOW Recommended program. GeForce NOW is PC gaming in the cloud, transforming underpowered or incompatible hardware into a powerful GeForce gaming PC‘.

The next generation of Razer Blade laptops is also due for launch later in 2020. These are set to feature 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series Processors, with 300Hz refresh rate panels to create a seriously fast gaming experience.

Razer is looking as sharp as we have come to expect. Best of CES again? Let’s wait and see!

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