updated 05:58 pm EST, Tue January 7, 2014
User can remove, add components from modular PC without prior knowledge
Gaming hardware producer Razer is looking to update the way people build gaming PCs, by announcing its concept modular gaming system at CES. Project Christine is effectively a large rack that holds modules containing various computer components, in theory enabling users to build, customize, or upgrade their computer without needing any extra technical knowledge.
The design of Project Christine is based upon PCI-Express, with individual modules holding memory, storage, a processor, a graphics card, or another component type. Modules can be removed or inserted easily and in any order, with the system immediately identifying and configuring components once installed. Each module is self-contained and features active liquid cooling and noise cancellation, allowing Razer to factory overclock components without voiding warranties, while a touchscreen LCD displays system controls and maintenance information.
Razer Project Christine
"Project Christine is a new concept design that will revolutionize the way users view the traditional PC," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, continuing "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."
The concept of Project Christine could be attractive to a number of users, though at this stage it is still just a concept. Even so, taking into account the earlier Project Fiona that moved in a similar path from a concept to a full product as the Edge gaming tablet, as well as the company's notebook lines, it is certainly possible for Razer to develop this further and into a full retail product.