A Totally Customized NUC 9 Excessive

Razer, an organization that types itself as ‘by players, for players’, has at this time unveiled its newest product, a modular NUC dubbed the Tomahawk. Out there as each a barebones bundle and a high-tier gaming answer, the Razer Tomahawk appears to supply a ‘innovative’ combination of performance, efficiency, and graphics card compatibility, all inside a NUC impressed chassis. Among the key specs embrace an Intel ninth technology Core i9 processor, with a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, 2 TB of HDD storage, 16 GB of DDR4-2667 reminiscence, and an optionally available RTX 3080.

The time period NUC (Subsequent Unit of Computing) will get thrown round quite a bit on the subject of tremendous small type issue desktop computer systems, even when NUC is technically an Intel time period. Going all the way in which again to 2014, when Razer’s CEO unveiled a conceptual design for a modular PC dubbed ‘Venture Christine,’ Intel seemed to have taken the thought a step ahead with what it known as Factor. We have seen many Intel NUCs hit the market this yr, together with the NUC 9 Excessive (NUC9i9QNX), which we reviewed again in April. Razer being Razer has gone one step additional on this concept and created its personal model of the NUC, with the Razer Tomahawk.

What units the Razer Tomahawk aside from different NUCs in the marketplace is its full-scale functionality to put in a full-sized graphics card with a most size of as much as 320 mm, with a most peak of 140 mm. This strikes away from widespread small type issue methods, which typically need to go for smaller alternate options such because the NVIDIA GTX 1650. The Razer Tomahawk encompasses a tool-less sled that permits customers entry to the system, which could possibly be to improve the storage and even set up a brand new graphics card.

Whereas it is a ‘modular’ system, it’s primarily a PCIe backplane with two PCIe slots. In a single slot goes the graphics card, and within the different is ‘the remainder of the PC’. That remainder of the PC features a 45 W overclockable cell processor (unupgradable), reminiscence (upgradeable), and storage (upgradeable). Regardless of there being a barebones possibility, Razer pre-populates all fashions with a 512 GB NVMe SSD, a 2 TB HDD, and 16 GB of DDR4-2667 (Razer does not say if that is 1×16 or 2×8). On each fashions there’s a spare M.2 NVMe slot, and the barebones merely lacks the discrete GPU, however the built-in GPU can be utilized if there may be not a discrete GPU current.

It would not be a Razer product if it did not have RGB LEDs. It consists of an illuminated inexperienced Razer brand on the entrance panel, with addressable RGB LEDs on the beneath of the chassis to supply a little bit of aptitude. Specializing in the scale, the Tomahawk chassis is nineteen.23 x 24.15 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD), so it’s svelte, and it additionally weighs in at 16.2 lbs. When it comes to quantity, the chassis itself is 10 L, which is large enough to suit all the elements in when designed effectively. 

Razer Tomahawk Gaming NUC Desktop
Element Barebones Full System
CPU Intel Core i9-9980HK (Espresso Lake)

8 Core / 16 Thread

2.4 GHz Base

5.0 GHz Turbo

45 W TDP
GPU Optionally available

(Intel UHD 630 if none)

NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founders Version

1.71 GHz Enhance

Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4-2667
Storage 512 GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4

2 TB 5400 RPM Exhausting Drive

1 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 (open)
Networking 2 x Gigabit LAN
Wi-fi Intel AX200 (Wi-Fi 6/BT 5.0)
I/O 2 x USB 3.2 G2 Kind-C (Thunderbolt 3)

4 x USB 3.2 G2 Kind-A

 1 x 3.5 mm audio jack 

2 x Gigabit RJ45

1 x HDMI 2.0a
Audio 3.5 mm TOSLINK combo port
Energy 750 W SFX Energy Provide
Dimensions 19.23 x 24.15 x 1.60 inches (HxWxD)
Weight 16.2 lb/7.35 kg 18.3 lb/8.3 kg
Pricing $2400 $3200
Availability ???

Given the character of the {hardware} put in, Razer has opted to chill the processor actively and consists of two top-mounted 120 mm chassis followers, with air flow on each aspect panels and the highest panel. Powering the Tomahawk is a preinstalled 750W SFX energy provide, though Razer hasn’t specified the precise mannequin.

When it comes to connectivity, the Tomahawk consists of 4 USB 3.2 G2 Kind-A ports, with two Thunderbolt 3 USB Kind-C ports, and a single HDMI 2.0a video output. Customers choosing the complete bundle, together with an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Founders Version graphics card, provides three DisplayPort 1.4b and a single HDMI 2.1 video output. Networking consists of two Gigabit Ethernet ports pushed by unspecified controllers, whereas there’s additionally an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 interface, which incorporates assist for BT 5.0 gadgets. Nestled in between the motherboard and graphics, I/O is a single 3.5mm audio jack that may accommodate audio system or act as a TOSLINK combo port.

A couple of potential use case eventualities for these with bottomless pockets or shallow desks may discover this an excellent system to take to LAN, to and from work, and even for an on the go content material creator. Whereas Razer did unveil its personal chassis known as the Tomahawk Elite again at CES 2019, the Tomahawk Gaming System is a higher-grade and RGB infused model of Intel’s NUC 9 Excessive. 

As beforehand talked about, the Razer Tomahawk gaming desktop will probably be out there as barebones with out a graphics card for a base value of $2400, whereas the complete mannequin geared up with an RTX 3080 Founders Version will price $3200. It isn’t an affordable outlay, particularly for an Intel system that includes an RTX 3080, however the latter hasn’t been simple to supply of late.

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