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  • vMix

    vMix is mixing up video production software

    Updated 10/10/2017

    Over the past couple of months, we’ve regularly been approached by several customers with a demand for systems compatible with the popular video production software from vMix. Live video production and streaming software, vMix has recently shot to popularity due to its seamless, cost-effective, and high-quality output. Feature-rich, it enables users to stream, mix, and publish live productions with ease in HD, SD and even 4K.

    To get the best out of your investment in vMix requires powerful, reliable host hardware.  We’ve turned all of our audio-visual know-how to creating some suitable reference builds for anyone looking for a PC to run vMix.  We now have a number of Rack PC options ready to enhance your vMix experience.  These systems include:

    • Best-in-class 7th generation Intel processors
    • Options for multiple full-size PCIe cards in the same chassis
    • The choice of powerful graphics cards like the GTX 1080Ti
    • Ultra-fast SSD hard drives
    • Small form factor designs ready for the production studio

    The configurations are perfectly suited to meeting the video production demands of vMix, seamlessly enabling multiple cameras, a variety of device inputs, HD recording and streaming.  Industrialised componentry and redundant power supplies also offer valuable peace of mind during critical production projects.

    We’re big fans of this software, and have already started pairing our customers with our new machine builds.

    If you’re seeking a vMix-compatible unit, or would like to know more about our machines, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Intel 8th generation

    Solar eclipse sheds some light on Intel’s 8th generation

    Updated 21/09/2017

    Aligning their launch in time with the solar eclipse, Intel released the first round of information surrounding their 8th generation core processors last month. Teasing out the anticipation for Coffee Lake, it was revealed that the latest laptop and desktop chipsets will instead be based on Kaby Lake architecture, with the promise of Coffee and Cannonlake still to come in the near future.

    Karen Regis of Intel’s Mobility Group claims that their 8th generation will house their “most powerful technology to date”, the Kaby Lake Refresh and Coffee Lake CPUs maintaining a 14nm architecture with Cannonlake ushering in a new era of 10nm chips.

    While only the laptop and notebook specs for the 8th gen were officially discussed during the livestreamed launch, we can still draw a number of conclusions as to what we can expect from the Commercial and Enterprise editions.

    Here’s what the first instalment of the 8th gen processors will be bringing to the table:

    • 40% performance over previous Kaby Lake architecture
    • 4K content playback
    • UHD 620 graphics
    • Support for Windows 10
    • Quad-core processor
    • Virtual and mixed reality capabilities

    Though we can’t say for certain how these features will translate to the Commercial line-up of the CPUs, what is clear is that the 8th gen will be a significant step up in terms of performance from previous Intel generations, offering a faster, better, and simpler experience.

    We’ll have to wait until later in the autumn for a proper glimpse at the products for Enterprise, but until then we’ll be keeping an eye out for any more news on Coffee Lake and readying our products for the onset of the 8th gen CPUs.

    If you would like to learn more about Intel’s 8th gen line-up, get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Crypto-mining

    4U Nano could open up a gold mine for crypto-mining

    Updated 13/09/2017

    Cryptocurrency is ruling the virtual roost right now. It is today an exceedingly popular method of making online, anonymous transactions, and the interest in it is only growing.

    What is it?

    Cryptocurrency is essentially digital money, like Bitcoin, that can be ‘mined’ for over the Internet. Whenever a transaction is made between two digital wallets, it is the job of miners to verify these transactions and add them to a public ledger, but in order to do this, they must solve a mathematical puzzle or algorithm that increases in difficulty. Opportunities to mine from these transactions is completely open, so solving the equation happens on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the miner has completed the puzzle, they are rewarded with a fee and any new ‘coins’ that are created as a result of the transaction.

    Becoming a crypto-miner takes an enormous investment in equipment and time, as the puzzles they are presented with are extraordinarily complex, however, the return can be phenomenal.

    We may have the solution

    The most successful way of generating enough compute power to tackle the mining process is through the use of high-end graphics cards. We’re currently in the process of developing a brand new rackmount PC, the 4U Nano, which we believe will be the perfect companion for crypto-miners. Purpose-built for high-end graphics, it’s the only one of our product line-up able to accommodate multiple graphics cards, with room for up to four dual width cards such as the NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti or M6000. To ensure non-stop performance, we’ve also included the option for a 680W redundant power supply on top of standard support for up to 1500W ATX supply. We think this flexible, small form factor machine could be the answer to gaining the huge horsepower necessary for mining, but with lots of options to achieve a viable rig at a competitive price.

    The supply challenge

    The difficulty is that due to the surge in popularity for crypto-mining, graphics cards, particularly the likes of AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, are selling like hotcakes. It is becoming increasingly challenging to get hold of them at all, let alone at a reasonable cost. AMD’s RX Vega GPU was only released last month and its first wave sold out in minutes. However, as a leading UK PC manufacturer we’re used to experiencing constricted supply, so scour the globe for alternative supply routes for these very situations.  The 4U Nano is just around the corner and we’re confident that by the time we release it in the coming weeks, we will have overcome the supply issues currently being seen in the market.

    For more information on our 4U Nano for crypto-mining, or the NVIDIA graphics cards we use in our products, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, News

  • Intel 7th gen NUCs

    Sampling Intel’s Kaby Lake 7th gen NUCs – ready for release soon

    Updated 05/09/2017

    Since their launch at CES 2017 in January, we’ve been looking forward to seeing Intel’s new and innovative range of 7th generation NUCs come to life. We’re thrilled to say that that time is edging ever closer. Built on Intel’s new CPU architecture, ‘Kaby Lake’ – the name currently on everyone’s lips, we can’t wait to see what the 7th gen NUCs can do.

    With this exceptional line-up of features, it’s easy to see why:

    • Intel 7th generation Core i3 and i5 vPro processors
    • Two HDMI 2.0 Outputs for full 4K support
    • Intel Optane Memory ready
    • Support for Windows 10
    • Four USB 3.0 ports
    • 3 year product lifecycle

    What’s equally promising to note is that a vPro ‘Commercial’ variant of the 7th gen will return following the disappointment faced when board-only versions of the 6th gen Skylake NUC were dropped last year.

    Very soon, we’ll be welcoming the arrival of preproduction samples of the Commercial NUC line-up from Intel. The NUC7i5DNBE will come as a board-only configuration by itself with a vPro variant specifically designed for Enterprise deployments.

    It’s expected that the Commercial 7th gen NUCs will be officially released in the final quarter of this year, most likely in December. As the first company in the world to rack-mount the NUC, we’re excited to start integrating this technology with our machines, further optimising the Intel experience for our customers.

    If you would like to find out more about the release of the 7th gen NUC, please contact us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • meet the G2 team

    A bigger facility ready for ambitious growth plans

    Updated 22/08/2017

    We’re excited to have expanded our facilities at our Farnham HQ, UK.  It’s the second expansion in the last 3 years and comes in response to growing customer demand, especially overseas, our recently launched Partner Programme, and growing product line-up.

    Primarily the expanded premises offer us considerably more space for production and research and development.  Following our ISO9001 certification in 2015, the expansion also coincides with significant investment in new systems to help streamline manufacturing and operations.

    With plans to build on our current product portfolio, especially in the field of high performance graphics, the expansion will be instrumental in our response to emerging trends we see on the horizon.

    If you’d like to know more about our business, our growth plans, or our products please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Intel chip

    Intel welcomes a new future of chip design

    Updated 31/05/2017

    Every single day we are seeing innovative efforts open up new and unexplored realms of technology that redefine our perspective of the future and its untapped potential. Drones, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machine learning – the possibilities are truly endless.

    As momentum within these different areas is beginning to really build for Intel, they have made the decision to change the way in which they approach the design of their chips. Their active involvement in AI, autonomous vehicles, and drone technology has had a large hand in their re-evaluation of the chip landscape, enabling them to realise the greater potential and value that can be gained from an alternative chip design.

    So what can we expect?

    Where once its key technologies were all integrated into a single piece of silicon in what has been referred to as a monolithic design, Intel is now adopting a more heterogeneous approach to development.  This will allow them to instead mix and match different cores into a single chip, regardless of node or architecture, meaning chip development will no longer be restrained by the hold-ups of previous manufacturing processes. The step-change has been brought about as a result of the dramatic slowing witnessed with Moore’s Law in recent years and will take system-on-chip thinking to a whole new level.

    Using what has been dubbed the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), multiple chips can then be embedded onto a single die, enabling both higher bandwidth and scope to develop chips for a wider range of devices.

    The Benefits

    The new heterogeneous design and the use of the EMIB will mean a load of new and exciting benefits from future Intel chips:

    • Production of better products and cost structures for customers
    • Faster throughput and the option for multiple throughput technologies
    • Higher bandwidth than PCIe
    • Improved communication between cores
    • Greater flexibility leading to higher performance and less power
    • EMIB allows use of cores made of different materials, which could replace silicon

    Led by this new heterogeneous design, Intel is now looking to the future to ensure that any chips produced from hereon in are able to suit the host of devices that exist today, and will exist tomorrow.

    We will, of course, be considering the implications of Intel’s chip design changes within our product range as these come into effect. If you would like to find out more about the new heterogeneous design or else how this may impact our products, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • We’re looking for ‘Heroes in Hardware’ – join our ranks as an official Partner

    Updated 16/03/2017

    We’re delighted to announce that our brand new Partner Programme, Heroes in Hardware, is coming soon. The Programme is a framework that allows us to reward the loyalty and dedication of the companies reselling our products, and celebrate the spirit of partnership by making a wide range of benefits available. We truly value our existing partner community, but are also looking to grow this with a host of new opportunities for mutual gain.

    G2 Partners, Assemble

    Our 4-level approach identifies the degree of investment customers have made in G2’s products and accordingly defines your partner level. Every G2 partner will initially on-board at the ‘Partner’ level, however there is plenty of opportunity for quick progression to gain even greater commercial benefits through an increasing spend and level of commitment.

    Benefits fit for a Hero

    Heroes in Hardware provides considerable advantages both for our partners and their customers, with increasing rewards throughout each partner level.

    1. Discounts increase on a 4-level scale, helping partners to boot margins.
    2. Raise your profile as a G2 product reseller by having your company appear on the ‘Where to Buy’ section of our soon-to-arrive revamped website.
    3. Our exceptional warranty and extended support options will also be available for our partners to offer to their customers.
    4. As we’re ‘Made in the UK’, manufacturing and shipment costs are kept to a minimum, allowing companies to reap the benefits of sourcing locally.

    We make the process of becoming a G2 partner simple. If you would like to learn more about how to become a Hero in Hardware, please get in touch to request a joining pack.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

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