Gaming hardware maker Razer has been working on this for two years: an easy-to-modify, powerful, quiet PC that will appeal both to the hardcore gamers who build their own machines as well as people who love to play, but don't know how to put together a computer.
The company introduced the prototype for this modular PC, codenamed Project Christine, at CES 2014. The goal, says CEO Min-Liang Tan, is to "throw it out to gamers and see if people like it."
Razer likes throwing its ideas out to gamers
Razer likes throwing its ideas out to gamers. "We don't do Kickstarter," Min-Liang says. "We're not good at it." Instead, the company just builds cool new things and shows them to the press. In 2012, Razer showed reporters a powerful tablet that doubled as a gaming PC, known at the time as Project Fiona. Gamers loved the concept, and a year later it became a real product, the Razer Edge.
Project Christine is basically a very cool-looking rack into which gamers can slot any combination of modules including GPU, CPU, memory, and more, which will automatically sync. These modules have built-in liquid cooling and noise cancellation and require no cables. The modules could potentially be sold by Razer or third parties, but the company hasn't planned that far. The computer can also run multiple operating systems.
If gamers respond well, Razer will start working on bringing Project Christine to market. Min-Liang has no idea when that might be. But based on Razer's past, we could be looking at a product release before too long.