We've seen a lot of interesting concepts from Razer over the years, but this one may take the cake. At CES this week, the company has revealed Christine, a concept for a PC that can be built, customized, and upgraded by someone "without any prior technical knowledge." The concept looks sort of like the lovechild of Thermaltake's Level 10 case and a Romulan Warbird, and Razer claims it's entirely modular:
The company shows off Project Christine in what could be the most dramatic teaser video possible for this sort of thing, too. Check it out:
According to Razer, the PC's inherent modularity has "remained underexploited by the vast majority of general consumers for more than 30 years." That's because, in the company's view, PCs are too complicated for the average Joe to crack open and upgrade. With Project Christine, Razer aims to take away much of that complexity while still allowing a substantial degree of customization and upgradeability. Here's the company's full spiel:
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 LCD display that indicates control and maintenance information.
It all sounds nice enough, at least in theory. I'm not sure how well this sort of thing would work out in practice, though. Razer would presumably need support from major component makers, and purchasing Christine modules instead of bare components would surely incur a price premium. Perhaps Project Christine's design would work best if someone were to purchase a fully configured system from a PC builder, with an eye toward upgrading or customizing it down the road.
In any event, you can find out more by hitting this page on Razer's website. You won't find a ton of extra details there, but there are some cool shots of the concept render.