This week at CES, Razer announced its new modular computer design, dubbed Project Christine. This computing system is designed as a way to allow any user to build and customize their PC in any configuration without prior technical knowledge. Project Christine also allow users to update their PC easily, without fear of incompatibility between system pieces or need of outside technical assistance.
Rather than needing to worry about placing, securing and powering multiple fragile pieces inside of a single case, Project Christine takes each aspect of a computer (future modules may include up to quad-SLI graphics, multiple SSD and RAID storage components, I/O and even power supplies) and puts each inside a module that plugs into the tower separately.
Each module is sealed, self-cooled and cable-less, meaning they can be easily plugged in and removed from the PCI-Express “backbone” in any order or combination. If you need more hard drive space, for example, you can slot in an additional solid state drive module or switch to a larger one. If you need a different operating system, you can add that module on as well, as Project Christine will be able to run multiple operating systems. The PCI-Express architecture automatically syncs components, and will provide a touchscreen LED display that indicates control and maintenance information.
Razer’s vision of being able to upgrade pieces of the computer easily as they age or become obsolete rather than replacing the entire system is an exciting one, though the separate nature of each piece may offer durability issues.
It’s true that Project Christine is still at the prototype stage in terms of development. Razer has, in the past, shown off other such prototypes in order to gauge the community’s reaction before going on to building the product.