Between refreshing its Blade gaming notebook for 2016 and creating an iPad Pro cover with an integrating mechanical keyboard to announcing its second-gen VR headset, Razer hasn't had much downtime as of late.
With IFA 2016 in full swing, you'd think that Razer wouldn't have much new to showcase but that's not the case. The gaming accessory specialist somehow found time to inject its notebooks with Kaby Lake and Pascal hardware, introduce a new ManO'War headset and open pre-orders for its Stargazer webcam.
For its next act, Razer has partnered with boutique PC builder Maingear to create a new line of desktop PCs with a focus on both performance and aesthetics.
The Maingear R1 Razer Edition, which starts at $999, includes an Asus H110M-A motherboard, Intel's Core i5-6500 CPU with a retail cooler, 8GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 RAM (2x4GB), an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, a 500W EVGA PSU and a 1TB Seagate hard drive running Windows 10 Home, all stuffed in an NZXT H440 chassis with Razer's own design aesthetics.
It's on the high-end that things really take shape.
At a base price of $4,099, you'll get the same NZXT chassis loaded with a MSI X99A Raider board, Intel's Core i7-6800K cooled by Maingear's Epic 640 custom liquid cooler with clear coolant, 16GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 memory, an Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card, a 750W PSU from EVGA and a 1TB Seagate hard drive running Windows 10 Home.
If money is no object, you can craft a beast of a system with the looks to back it up.
Using Maingear's system configuration tool, I put together a monster consisting of an Asus Strix X99 motherboard, Intel's Core i7-6950X processor, the Epic 640 liquid cooling kit with UV-colored coolant, metal hardline tubing with chrome fittings, phase change TIM, the company's Redline overclocking service, 64GB of HyperX Savage DDR4 RAM, dual liquid-cooled Nvidia Titan X graphics cards, a 1,200W Corsair Processional Digital Series AX1200i power supply with custom sleeving, a Samsung 512GB 950 Pro SSD as the primary drive and two Samsung 850 EVO 2TB drives in RAID 0, an Asus Blu-ray drive and Asus' Xonar Essence audio card, all running Windows 10 Professional.
The total cost? A wallet-shattering $12,890. The cost could be driven up even higher if you opt for Razer input accessories, a gaming-ready display and an extended warranty but I left those out and focused strictly on the system itself. At nearly $13K, a top-end Maingear R1 Razer Edition is well beyond the realm of reason for all but the elite one percent but if you do have the money to spare, you'll get a drool-worthy system that'll annihilate anything you throw at it for years to come.
The Maingear R1 Razer Edition is available to order as of writing. Ship dates will vary depending on what options you select although the longest wait I saw when tinkering around was just under a month.