Razer's Project Christine is one of the most interesting things from CES 2014. Razer has designed a PC system called Project Christine that removes all the mystery and technical challenges of customizing and building your own PC. Many of the modular parts of a PC are encased in a user-friendly – and liquid cooled – black plastic housing. Rather than building a PC using screwed-in parts on a motherboard set inside a case, people can build a PC simply by slotting in parts.
We recognize that readers of Tom's Hardware have the skills and knowledge to put together computers from the most complicated of parts, but the overwhelming majority of consumers select their computers from big box electronic stores and rely on an in-house squad of geeks for their service and upgrades. Razer's Project Christine would give the power of choice and customization to the consumer.
Who knows, once a Project Christine owner experiences the joys of customizing and upgrading PC parts, they will join the Tom's Hardware community.
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At least they are trying something new, the only question is will the addon internals be proprietary. If so then Razer will need to really market the hell out of this thing and show how it is superior in order to get people to adopt it and give it staying power.
Personally I think the idea of moduler computing is where we need to go but we need standards wrapped around it so that multiple companies can build the modules. Need more horsepower, plug a processor module in on the fly without rebooting. Same with memory, storage, graphics. The system will need to be able to manage the power distribution and the initialization and provisioning of the each module type.
It can be done, I hope Razer does it.
The cool thing is that the solution would be able to adapt to any requirement. One solution for any situation. Workstation, Gaming, Math Processing, Bitcoin mining. whatever you want to do, just buy the modules you need and plug it in and go.