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Tomahawk Gaming Desktop: Mini PC has space for Geforce RTX 2080 Ti and Intel's NUC9

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Razer shows a particularly compact gaming PC at the electronics fair CES 2020. The Tomahawk Gaming Desktop uses Intel's recently introduced NUC9 as a central compute unit and then still has enough space for a graphics card. This is prominently displayed through a window on the left side of the housing. Razer wants to offer the system with a Geforce RTX 2080 Super. Other GPUs should also be able to accommodate this.

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Razer does not announce in advance how big the case really is. But apparently it fits a Geforce RTX 2080 Ti that is about 30 cm long. The NUC9 is mounted behind the graphics card and is quite compact with a volume of 5 liters. The chassis should be able to be opened without tools. It has at least two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet sockets, two HDMI 2.0a ports and six USB A 3.2 Gen2 ports.

Slightly slower CPU

Although the Tomahawk with integrated Intel NUC is quite compact, it also has a few disadvantages: The Intel CPU of the type Core i9-9980HK has a power budget of 45 watts and is therefore not as powerful as a full-fledged desktop CPU. In addition, the processor and the motherboard must be replaced as a module if users want to upgrade their system after some time. At least the SO-DIMM RAM modules and NVMe-M.2 SSDs can be replaced, just like the graphics card.

The PC will have up to two SSDs and 64 GB of RAM. However, the manufacturer has not yet given a price and an availability date. In addition to the Tomahawk Gaming Desktop as a complete PC, the case with the power supply is also available as the Tomahawk N1. This could be useful if users already have an Intel NUC. A conventional mini ITX board with a corresponding CPU fan will probably not fit in there.

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