Razer’s Project Christine Brings Modular Design To The PCBy: Zach Walton - January 8, 2014
Computers are hard to build, or so says those who have never done it before. Despite the fact that building a computer is no more complex than building a table from IKEA, some consumers just never want to take the plunge. Razer now wants to change that perception by making a completely modular PC.
Razer announced at CES that it’s working on a new PC called Project Christine. It’s a completely modular PC where each component is housed inside a small module. These modules are then inserted into a central tower and just work. There’s no cable management, no compatibility concerns or any of the other problems that first time PC builders run into.
“Project Christine is a new concept design that will revolutionize the way users view the traditional PC. This is the first gaming system that is able to keep pace with technology and could allow consumers to never buy another PC, or gaming system, again,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “We have a history of bringing incredibly innovative concept systems to market and it’s fair to say that Project Christine is a very exciting new prospect for future development.”
The most exciting thing about Project Christine is how it aims to upend how we traditionally upgrade PCs. PC users will sometimes have to upgrade an entire system just to upgrade a CPU or GPU. With Project Christine, Razer promises a PC where you just have to buy one module when upgrading just one component of the machine.
Of course, one might argue that the major hurdle standing in the way of PC gaming isn’t the complexity, but rather the cost. That may be true, and Razer isn’t going to help with that one bit. The company makes premium PCs, and Project Christine won’t change this. In fact, everything about Project Christine is going to be super expensive as each module is liquid cooled which allows the CPU and GPU modules to feature overclocked hardware.
So, when will the public be able to get their hands on Project Christine? At the moment, it’s merely a prototype concept so Razer isn’t even beginning to discuss availability. There’s also no word on price, but it’s not going to be cheap.
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