Razer Christine, the Modular PC from Another Dimension
The gaming peripherals manufacturer has definitely intended to blow some minds this year, at CES. First they exhibit what they claim to be the world’s smartest wristband, and now they unveiled one of the best looking PC cases in the world.
Project Christine is most probably every gamer’s (wet) dream, since it combines power, quietness, low temperatures and the convenience of easily swapping components, all that in a single PC case. Razer concluded that gamers don’t only care about the number of frames per second, but also about how quiet and efficiently cooled the computer is. Gamers are known to dedicate a lot of time when picking a PC case for their hardware. There needs to be room for lengthy graphics cards, as well as for radiators and liquid cooling systems, if they want to take the extreme path. Luckily, with Project Christine, finding room for the components is no longer a problem, as every piece of this modular design is hot-swappable and can be popped in or out anytime.
And when I said every piece, I really meant it. According to Young Bae from Razer PC, even the power source was conceived as a module, so it can be disconnected and replaced, if needed. Besides making everything hot-swappable, Razer also gave a lot of thought to the UI. A rather large display that adorns the front of the case shows vital information about each module. I assume that it also triggers an alarm if anything is not functioning properly.
As seen above, modules have data and power connectors, along with two connectors for liquid cooling. This design enabled Razer to include a mineral oil circuit and a pump inside each module, along with heat exchangers that transfer the heat from the oil into the water, which is circulating in the main tower. Razer managed to control the temperature and the noise of each module, thus bringing gamers the perfect solution for all of their needs.
While I think that Project Christine is simply mind-blowing, I wouldn’t say that the design of this modular PC case is 100% original. Back in 2010, Thermaltake launched Level 10, a modular PC case with rounded modules. Obviously, Thermaltake’s design didn’t feature any futuristic liquid cooling systems, nor a display for monitoring the modules, but there’s still a slight similarity in the design of the two cases that no one can deny.
Christine is a concept at the moment, so there are no details available regarding the availability or price, but I would surely like to see it hitting the market.