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Razer Project Christine modular PC design is unveiled

by Mark Tyson on 8 January 2014, 09:15

Tags: Razer, PC

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The PC is already one of the most open and modular platforms a computer and/or gaming enthusiast can use and now Razer want to make building a PC even simpler. At the CES 2014 the company has unveiled Project Christine which consists of a central tower spine chassis into which users can slot in a combination of modules of their choosing to provide the CPU, GPU, Storage options and more.

Razer calls the new system "the world's most modular PC design". It says that for the duration of the history of the PC until today "only the most hardcore enthusiasts were able to take advantage of PC customizability". However Razer's new fully modular concept allows users to build and customise PCs without any technical knowledge at all. The firm says you can "choose any module on-the-fly in any combination, whether it’s the CPU, memory, graphics card, storage or power supply module, and simply plug it in," then, thanks to the PCI-Express architecture of the machine, components are recognised and utilised by the system.

"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."

Quad SLI capable

One of the great benefits of PCs is their upgradability and Razer claims that Project Christine is "perpetually customisable," and upgradeable as technology evolves. Components can be either added to or replaced; consider adding extra storage or even extra graphics card modules this way "up to quad-SLI graphics".

Focussing upon the module building block design Razer informs us that each cable-less sealed module is a self contained unit that features (if required) active liquid cooling and noise cancellation.

All Project Christine systems include a touch-screen LCD display that provides control, monitoring and maintenance information to the user. The system is said to be an open OS platform so Windows won't be your only choice of OS.



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Wow, that's um…. hideous.

I bet those modules are lovely and inexpensive too! :p
So … it's for people who want to build their own PC but don't want to build their own PC? And it may be open OS, but it sounds like it's nvidia only for the graphics?

Conceptually it's interesting, but it doesn't strike me as being that commercially viable. I don't suppose the CEO of Razer is actually one Mr A Stark, is it? ;)
Looks COOL!
Any relation to the sentient evil automobile?
This is a great idea allowing those who would otherwise buy prebuilt gaming PC's to self assemble.