Razer unveils Concept Project Christine – the modular PC

Building your own PC can be a daunting task for the uninitiated, but Razer is looking to solve this in the most unique way I’ve ever seen.   They have revealed what they are calling “Concept Project Christine”.   This device is a modular backplane where you plug in modules for each of the items you want to add to your system.  Through the PCI-E backplane all of the modules would simply snap together and all feature liquid cooling and active noise cancelling, allowing each piece to be safely overclocked to wring every drop of power out of it.  Want more hard drives?  Snap em in.  Want to SLI your video cards?  Plug another one in.    It may be the most ambitious project they’ve done to date, but given their recent successes with the Blade it’s certainly possible.   It’s all concept at this point, but if you are wanting to join the mod-ready PC world without having to figure out how to snap it all together this might be your ticket.  Here’s the little bit we know so far:

The PC has traditionally been one of the most open platforms in all of technology. However, given the technical complexities of PC hardware, only the most hardcore enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of this openness to build, customize and continuously upgrade their PC desktop systems.  The tremendous promise of the PC has remained underexploited by the vast majority of general consumers for more than 30 years, largely due to the convoluted hardware – knowing what does what, what works with what, and how to connect the pieces.

Project Christine is a revolutionary new concept design that will change the way users view PCs. It will allow any user to build and customize his or her PC in any configuration without any prior technical knowledge. Further, as new upgrades come to the market, the same PC can be easily and quickly upgraded without additional technical assistance and without the fear of incompatibility or obsolescence.

Project Christine’s modular design allows users to easily build their PCs by allowing them to select and install modules on-the-fly, whether it’s a CPU, GPU, or memory and storage configuration. The PCI-Express architecture of Project Christine automatically syncs components. Need more graphics processing power or storage? Easy – a user can slot-in additional graphics modules and add more storage by either swapping-out the existing storage drives or adding more modules. Equally exciting, Project Christine is able to run multiple operating systems that the user may require.

The modularity of Project Christine make it perpetually customizable, offering plug-and-play upgradability as new and improved technology evolves, ostensibly eliminating the need to replace entire systems. Modules connected to the PCI-Express backbone can be added in any order or combination, featuring up to quad-SLI graphics, multiple SSD and RAID storage components, I/O and even power supplies, ensuring maximum flexibility.

The cable-less design of each sealed module is entirely self-contained and features active liquid cooling and noise cancelation, which allows Razer to factory overclock components without voiding warranties, safely and quietly.  The system also features a touch-screen LED display that indicates control and maintenance information.

“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.”

Check out the video above and the official site for their idea of how it’ll work.   If I’m picking a Steam machine, it’s this one.  Hopefully being named after an evil Steven King car isn’t a bad omen.


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