Project Christine Efforts Halted, Lack of Manufacturer Support to Blame

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Wingzero_x

Umm I think Microsoft already invented this for the Xbox, and they are paying about double+ for a HDD comparative to PC. There's a reason why that works in the console market. So please keep those console ideas to those simpletons.

But unless you find a way to travel back to 1995 (where it actually may be seen as innovative.) this is pointless.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Thanks for posting articles that interest us!

I asked you to come back in 6 month and list the manufacturers who would jump onboard this boat of fail and you did

ZERO!

Thanks for thinking about your readers

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radarblips

LOL what a surprise. another spacey looking project that was designed to try and turn heads at an expo and then cancelled.

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John Pombrio

Exactly what I was going to say! What a surprise.

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LatiosXT

Razer was trying to introduce a standard that isn't needed and doesn't provide any real benefit to offset the cost of manufacturing. No matter how you slice it, a self contained liquid cool, plug-and-play device is more expensive than a PCB with block of aluminum on it. And really, it only affects a small share of the PC userbase to justify trying to get a new standard spread.

In fact, every standard that isn't a derivative of ATX has not had any success. BTX never took off (though OEM's loved it for some reason) and AMD's DTX, which had lots of praise, is suspiciously absent.

Basically a classic case of "if it isn't broke, don't fix it".

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Fray

There are three ways to go.

1. Get manufacturers to start making all their components in two flavors. The regular ones they make now, and also as little black boxes that can fit into Razor's theoretical new machines.

This is not going to happen. I don't think anyone is clamoring to anoint Razor the new king of the computing universe.

2. Work on getting manufacturers to add an additional connector to all their components. These could be slotted into whatever form factor you wanted and would make things more modular. However this wouldn't benefit Razor any more than anyone else.

I am sure that the advantages to system builders and tinkerers would not make manufacturers think it was worth the cost of all the re-engineering and extra connectors they'd have to add to everything.

3. Razor could make black boxes that could be fitted inside with regular off-the-shelf PC components.

This might be a good idea, but would probably turn out to be more trouble than just building systems the way we do now.

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MaximumMike

Of course it was going to fail. When your idea is to make a modular system that's less modular than what we already have, who in their right mind would jump on board? It's like calling an oval wheel innovation.

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JosephColt

I'm with TheMissingPiece on this one, I am glad it isn't coming true. Putting together a PC is already simple enough.

This would be really expensive, and looks silly in my opinion, and the market for large cases are shrinking as things are getting smaller.

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TheMissingPiece

So glad that it isn't coming true. It just isn't practical. I mean, I get that Razer wants to be "innovative," but putting out something crazy and hoping that it sticks isn't "creative."

And the OEMs are right. It looks pretty expensive, and I'll say it again, but it just wouldn't last. Rule #1 of PC upgrading is that PCs aren't "future-proof" and Christine doesn't help.

And honestly? PC upgrading is pretty simple, IMO. The physical process of installing a component isn't that difficult (of course, custom liquid cooling is a bit more complex...). It's just the choice of parts and knowledge beforehand that takes some thought.