For almost as long as personal computers have been around, there have been three types of PC users: the people who know how to upgrade and replace PC parts, the people who think they know and get lucky, and the people who would rather just have someone else do it. Now, if Razer has anything to say about it, there will be no more need to separate people on their knowledge of bus speeds, SATA ports, and BIOS settings.
Project Christine is Razer's attempt at a fully modular gaming computer that is easily customized by anyone without prior technical knowledge. The idea is simple: create a chassis and modular bay that house individual component pieces that operates as a plug-and-play system.
More specifically, Project Christine consists of self-contained pods or modules that hold each hardware component. Each of the modules is completely self-contained and features noise isolation and an active cooling solution that uses mineral oil. The modular configuration of the base machine allows for simple to install upgrades like second graphics cards or extra storage without the hassle of installation beyond sliding the module in the correct bay. The on-the-fly modular capability is possible due to the PCI-Express architecture designed into Project Christine which automatically syncs components.
Also, according to the people at Razer, the self-contained, mineral cooled modules also would allow for overclocking of hardware without voiding warranties and the system is able to run multiple operating systems.
Is Project Christine merely a concept or is it marketable?
Project Christine is just that, a project or a test to see the interest in taking a modular product like the PC and pushing it a bit further. According to the CEO and co-founder of Razer, Min-Liang Tan, "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."
In keeping with the idea that the Project Christine systems could be a once-a-lifetime purchase, Razer is considering a subscription model that would allow users to swap modules as newer hardware becomes available. If made available, the new subscription service would allow Project Christine users to have access to easily upgradable modules with the latest and greatest hardware.
- Fully modular design for perpetual, cable-less customization
- PCI-Express architecture
- Open operating system platform
- Factory overclocked components
- Self-contained modules with active liquid cooling and noise cancelation
- Quad SLI capable
- SSD + RAID 5 HDD Array
- LED touchscreen control display
Source: Razer press release