Project Christine: Modules, Modules Everywhere

Nope, Project Christine is not a leaked NSA file, but is in fact far more awesome. Razer, the creators of some great products and tools for gamers, have ventured into creating their own gaming computer and revealed their concept model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Oh, and it looks seriously, seriously cool.

The prototype was shown off at CES and presents a new kind of peculiarity for a gaming PC to wield – modules.

The idea of introducing modular components to a computer opens up an incredible world for hardware manufacturers to traverse. Like many, even people that have been building their own computers for years, I’m reluctant to open up mine to add or take away things because I’m frightened I’ll break it. It’s unlikely if you know what you’re doing, but it’s still a concern – and it’s this wide spectrum market that Project Christine could invite into it’s loving embrace.

So what does it mean? Well, as it shows in the video, changing components becomes as simple as pulling out a module, and plugging in a different one. Gone are the days of screwdrivers and fine-motor precision, replaced by computer modification that even a newborn child could do.

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The downside is rather evident though, at least at first – nobody creates their components in a modular format. In the beginning, it would likely just be Razer, and that means you only buy Razer or Razer endorsed products, leaving very little room for manoeuvre. Of course, this will likely change in the future if Project Christine were to take off, but it would certainly be a big hindrance at first.

The other downside is that the computer customisation market is usually associated with experts who actively want to see the insides of their computer and know what’s going on, and that stereotype mostly exists because it’s true. For them, this is probably not an ideal purchase, and those who err on the side of caution when it comes to PC modding might feel intimidated by the sight of Razer’s experiment. That’s probably that reason that they’re waiting for adequate customer interest before they develop this idea further.

The insides are cooled not by fans, but rather by mineral oil, which really is as cool (see what I did there?) as it sounds. The other upside, as always with water-based cooling, is that the the machine itself is quieter than a French protester.

So what are Razer waiting for? Interest, simply put. If it seems like something you’d be interested in, leave a comment and let them (and me) know. Shout from the rooftops and bombard them with emails, whatever suits you best. I know I will.

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