If you don’t like the circumstances coming straight from the Transformers movie set, then Razer Tomahawk can be right in your alley
The new Razer Tomahawk ATX chassis has the company’s sophisticated style for PC cases. It’s a brand that should be familiar to most PC gamers, and while the company may be considered by some to be a peripheral manufacturer, first of all, it’s also popular in the high-end laptop market, indeed it holds the top position in our guide to the best gaming laptops. Smartphones and even financial services make up a part of its portfolio. Seriously.
Production of the case is a reasonable next step and although the Tomahawk is not Razer’s first shell, it could be a step that puts Razer on par with other high-end shell manufacturers. Brand recognition is definitely not the problem, but to win hearts and hearts, it must be a great product. Is Razer Tomahawk ATX the case to do it?
Razer clearly took a discreet look. The overall design is almost nothing special with the Razer logo being the only addition to another black box. That’s not a criticism. While the opinion on appearance is always subjective, I would personally consider Michael Bay Bumblebee’s alternative form on any day of the week in a subtle, quiet, and discreet way. The focus of the case is its RGB implementation, not the case itself.
As a Razer product, you are fully supported and integrated chroma RGB. The case itself has a pair or strip of RGB lights running along the bottom of the shell on each side. Chroma and the Synapse app may be just another RGB brand and part of bloatware, but Razer’s RGB ecosystem is said to be the best in the industry. Many games and apps support integration in which RGB can react to things like explosions in real-time. Fortnite and Apex Legends are two prominent examples.
There is also support for many external applications including Discord and Twitch. So if you’re an RGB fan and want the world to have no doubt about it, then Chroma is a solid ecosystem. A unified RGB standard of the industry would be great, but that lies somewhere on the rainbow …
But, this thing’s too heavy!
At 13.5 Kg, it is definitely a rounded figure, but that is due to its steel composition. Steel has a vibration reduction effect and it will help keep noise levels slightly lower than what you get with an equivalent aluminum casing. Both sides are made from strong glass and have a dark tone that highlights the parts inside the RGB that are too bright. They close the word and rotate out in the direction of the ‘suicide door’, which means that the hinge is placed at the back.
The Tomahawk has only one fan, placed in the back. Razer can assume that buyers of this case are using AIO coolers, if not full custom rings that will suck air from the front of the case. The sides of the front panel are vented to allow this. Just be aware that you should add one or two fans to the front of the case if you are using a regular air fresher.
There is space for more fans or another 240mm radiator at the top of the enclosure. Regarding the front connection, there is a single pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and a single 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port. There is a port that combines headphones /microphones and a dedicated microphone port. The upper side of the shell has vents and is covered with a remote filter.
We used the ASRock B550 Taichi Razer Edition motherboard as the basis for our test build. This allows us to properly check chroma RGB settings. The Synapse app recognized the motherboard without any intervention. Our build includes an AIO 360mm NZXT X73 AIO 360mm processor along with a Corsair AX1000 power supply and MSI RTX 3060 Ti Gaming X graphics card. Any existing GPU with any height, width, or length will fit easily.
The assembly went smoothly. Case management properties have quite a lot of room, however, we are happy to see that there is a little more space behind the motherboard tray for cable management. The Corsair AX1000 PSU has a hard cable and adding a few millimeters is ideal, but we have finally achieved that. The PSU area is isolated from the rest of the system but you need to be careful when installing PSU. The cable may conflict with the 3.5″ drive compartment module which means it should be moved. It may be, but if you install a radiator in front, you may have problems with a very long hard cable or PSU. To resolve this issue, make sure you have PSU installed first and adjust the drive cage before installing the radiator. Consider it a lesson learned.
However, the finishing ton is a thing of beauty. The intense glass windows really show RGB at the best level without feeling like you are looking at the sun if you are in a dark room. It looks really chic and is a build that I’m happy to be considered my own. With 360mm rad in front, temperature and airflow are never a problem. A single fan comes in a slightly bigger back at the default setting than I’d like but that can be easily solved through motherboard control.
Tomahawk can certainly be considered a high-end case and at 200 USD, it costs accordingly. It’s in terms of expensive but it’s not bad compared to the corsair 500D or Cooler Master SL600M. It will appeal to users who are not impressed by the growling beasts, Gundam, and/or warriors. These users are likely to appreciate a bit of class before something showy or flashy right from the disco of the ’80s (there’s nothing wrong with the disco of the ’80s).
A sturdy, sturdy and delicately attractive design is something that many people will love about it. If you’ve invested in the Razer ecosystem, this could be your next case. In terms of functionality or design, it does not in re-intholycally the wheel but then at the end of the day it is a PC case and it is not necessary. We are reminiscent of the Tomahawk Elite with its inverted layout and hydraulic mesh door. While it looks great on the 2019 trade show floors, things have gone too far from the mass attraction. Potentially feedback from Elite is part of the reason Razer returns to the traditional design formula that has been tested and right.
Razer Tomahawk will appeal to many, but not all. If you’re after something cheap but effective, there are dozens of brands with dozens of models on the market but very few offer a combination of configurable quality and low quality along with Razer’s RGB integration. If you’re not afraid to pay a little higher price, tomahawk ATX is a box you’ll be happy to have on your desk.