Razer Announces World’s Most Modular Gaming PC

Today at CES 2014, Razer announced Project Christine, a concept that the company claims will be the world’s most modular gaming system.

Project Christine promises to allow any user to build, customize, and upgrade his PC in any configuration without any prior technical knowledge. Modules connect to a PCI-Express backbone and can be added in any order or combination. The backbone allows up to quad-SLI graphics, multiple SSD and RAID storage components, I/O and even power supplies.

Each sealed module that you can add to the backbone features a cable-less design, active liquid cooling and noise cancellation, which allows Razer to factory overclock components. The system also features a touch-screen LED display that indicates control and maintenance information.

I find this to be an exciting concept, though my concern is that, in purchasing this PC, you are marrying yourself to Razer for the foreseeable future. It seems all new components will have to come through Razer — you can’t simply purchase a video card off NewEgg and plug it in, given it must be in the form of one of Project Christine’s modules. What do you think?

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3 Comments on Razer Announces World’s Most Modular Gaming PC

Kazoo

On January 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

I think it’s a cool idea, though I share the author’s concern regarding being locked into a Razor ecosystem.

I’m also betting it’ll be a lot more expensive that rolling your own or even purchasing a prebuilt.

Tone

On January 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

That looks dam good!!
I love the aesthetics behind this and the way it functions sounds awesome.

I do share your concerns however, proprietary parts tend to carry a heavy premium, but when you consider you are paying for a preconfigured component thats guaranteed to work with no messing about or setting up and the form factor looks amazing, provided its not too premium priced i would vouch that it would be worth it.

Now to remortgage haha

psycros

On January 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I have been pushing this idea for ages, calling it the cartridge PC, but only if its an open standard. Imagine never having to really “open up” your case again and not worrying about hardware compatibility, cables, etc. Potential nirvana if it can be bought to within a stone’s throw of current hardware prices. PC builders could keep right on doing what they’ve always done for those few people who can’t be bothered to order some modules, plug them in and turn on the power.