Products

  • i7 NUC motherboard

    Unlock Intel’s 8th gen with the latest i7 NUC motherboard

    Updated 18/06/2018

    We’re very excited to reveal one of the latest changes to our highly popular 1U NUC rackmount PC. For the first time ever, we have Intel’s new i7 NUC motherboards in stock, which are now available to purchase!

    8th gen unlocked

    The i7 motherboard is categorised as a 7th generation board, but utilises Intel’s 8th generation CPU, meaning you’re able to maximise your unit’s performance thanks to the very best processors Intel has to offer.

    The NUCs themselves already offer impressive credentials, but combining them with the i7 motherboard and 8th gen processors makes them a force to be reckoned with:

    • Support for latest 8th Generation i7, i5 and i3 NUC motherboards
    • 2.5” SSD/HDD Bay and Wi-Fi
    • Single or Dual Additional LAN Ports – using our M.2 NIC Expansion Card
    • Support for Windows 10
    • Front USB 2.0, rear USB 3.0 ports
    • Standalone or 3x rack-mounted in 1U space
    • Support for DDR4 RAM

    What’s next for NUC?

    Since receiving Intel’s 7th gen NUCs, we’ve modified the units to enable our customers to add Dual HD-SDI input if required, and continue to innovate and bring new functionality and features to the table with our range of Rack and Mini PCs. We’re really looking forward to seeing the impact the i7 motherboard and Intel 8th gen could have on our units.

    If you would like to find out more about Intel’s i7 motherboard, or learn more about how we’re implementing their 8th generation of CPUs into our products, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Ryzen

    Ryzen CPUs now available in G2 PCs

    Updated 28/05/2018

    Since the release of their first generation of new CPUs last year, we’ve been waiting for the chance to get our hands on AMD’s Ryzen. Now we’re excited to confirm that Ryzen processors will soon be joining our growing line-up of Rack PCs.

    What is Ryzen?

    Ryzen is AMD’s latest generation of core processing units (CPUs), and was one of the most highly anticipated launches in the chipmaker’s history. Prior to its unveiling, there was a long wait for AMD to develop processors on a smaller transistor size, with the last notable upgrade occurring back in 2012. Having said that, Ryzen was a massive curveball, and has really raised the bar of what to expect from CPUs, particularly at such a cost-effective price point. The new 14nm architecture is extremely power efficient, and now also boasts simultaneous multithreading – suffice to say, these chips are fast, furious, and they mean business.

    Why Ryzen for G2?

    While historically we’ve implemented Intel’s diverse range of high-performance chips into our units, as AMD have upped their game we’ve taken a closer look at their products and believe that Ryzen is more than comparable. With an overwhelming demand from our customers, we have therefore introduced the CPUs to fulfil this requirement and provide greater choice and flexibility across our machines.

    Currently, the option for a Ryzen CPU is only available in the R718X model of our 1U PC. Rest assured, though, we will be extending availability to ensure that the processors can be applied to any of our PCs in the near future. The 1U PC at present uses the Ryzen 7 1800x, an 8-core and 16-thread chip with a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost of 4GHz. It also totals a combined overall cache of 20MB, and a modest TDP of only 95W – impressive specs indeed. The 1800x was a huge step forward for AMD; an incredible innovation that has really proved itself as a gamechanger.

    With Ryzen’s first generation finally finding its way into our PCs, we’ve also now got our eye on the 2nd generation of chips, which were launched earlier this year. If you would like to learn more about how we’re implementing AMD’s Ryzen CPUs into our units, please get in touch today.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Tiny Rack PC

    Great things come in small packages: the new Tiny PC

    Updated 21/05/2018

    After revealing our intentions to make big changes to our Tiny PC back in November, we’ve been working hard to update our popular Mini machine with a brand new design, and can now confirm that it is available to order.

    We frequently revisit our units with a fresh perspective, always looking to add further value and functionality to our existing line-up by meeting the evolving needs of our customers, as well as creating innovative new products that shake-up the market. That in mind, we’ve launched the new-look Tiny PC to become far more advanced and powerful than it has ever been before.

    Its small form factor design and compact case are deceptive, now allowing for a full height PCIe x16 slot, a diverse range of impressive processing options, and the choice to add an RS232 serial port to improve connectivity. The Tiny’s name also extends to its minute noise levels – fanless options make it the perfect fit for sound-sensitive environments, and what’s more, the unit is still wall mountable, and ideal for easy installation.

    Maintaining some of the key features that saw its rise to popularity when it first debuted, the new Tiny PC is bursting with exciting capabilities:

    • 215(W)x205(D)x80(H)mm case size
    • Full height PCIe slot
    • Intel i7, Xeon and Fanless CPU options
    • 5” HDD/SSD bay
    • USB 2.0 port
    • External AC/DC brick
    • Optional RS232 port

    We’re raring to get the Tiny PC out of the starting blocks and see what it’s really capable of – if you feel the same way, or else would like to learn more about our small-yet-mighty PC, please speak to one of the team today.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • HD-SDI

    Bringing Dual HD-SDI to 7th gen NUCs

    Updated 14/05/2018

    Recently, we’ve received numerous requests for customisations to our NUC units that allow for the addition of Dual HD-SDI input cards. As the first company in the world to rackmount the NUC, our unique chassis for Intel’s new 7th gen NUCs makes this easily achievable, enabling us to provide the high-performance systems our customers require.

    What is Dual HD-SDI?

    Dual high-definition serial data interfaces (HD-SDI) are frequently used for professional broadcasting and video purposes, and as such are regularly called upon to help with the delivery of video conferencing applications and streaming services. These interfaces typically provide a much purer signal than similar alternative solutions, and use coaxial cables that have BNC radio frequency connectors attached. These cables are very simple to run, particularly over long distances, with fibre optic variants allowing for more far-reaching transmissions.

    Why G2 for Dual HD-SDI?

    By modifying our NUC units, we’ve created a device that makes input for HD-SDI not only possible, but easy. To provide sufficient slots for the interfaces to connect to, we’ve actually bulkhead-mounted BNC connections to the rear of the 7th gen NUC units, fixing these in place on the machine’s panel as opposed to needing these on the coaxial cabling.  This makes for a far more streamlined and fuss-free user experience, allowing much greater flexibility for HD-SDI input from Intel’s highly reliable Mini machines.

    This is just one of many modifications we’ve made to our machines in support of all sorts of applications. If you would like us to modify your unit to accommodate Dual HD-SDI input cards, or else if you’d like to learn more about our PC custom-builds, get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products, Technical Articles

  • Intel 8th generation

    Intel’s 8th gen CPUs now available across all G2 PCs

    Updated 16/04/2018

    After having reported on the launch of Intel’s new 8th generation offering of processors back in September, we’ve been following this new set of chips ever since. As such, we can now officially say that we have Intel’s 8th gen Kaby Lake-R and Coffee Lake processors available across our entire range of Rack and Mini PC products!

    We recently tested these out within our 1U products, which resulted in a very successful integration and led to us being able to include the Core CPUs throughout our ever-growing line-up of machines, including the new 4U Nano and Bantam PC. This integration is, though, currently limited to our Workstation series of units and so will only be available on certain motherboards.

    What to expect from 8th gen

    From their flagship i7-8700k CPU to the latest i3 chips, we’ve got a diverse selection of Intel’s 8th gen processing options ready to be fitted into your ideal G2 PC.

    The i7-8700k promises even greater efficiency than its predecessors and a serious leap in performance, with an impressive 6 cores and 12 threads to speak of. Similarly, the i3 processors now boast 4 cores – a big step up from 7th gen’s 2 cores; we’ll shortly be adding these to our build list. This boom has meant that the 8th gen CPUs are much faster, with the i7 and i5 chips in particular showing a 40% improvement in performance when compared to 7th gen. This upsurge is mostly a result of the new CPUs being quad-core instead of dual-core, which is proving to be a welcomed change.

    We’re excited about what Intel’s latest processors are bringing to our Rack and Mini PC Workstation series. If you would like to learn more about the new 8th gen chips, or find out how you can get your hands on one within our machines, get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Notch

    Our 2U Nano kicks real-time rendering up a Notch

    Updated 05/04/2018

    We’ve been seeing a growing amount of interest in our 2U Nano rackmount PC, particularly from our AV and digital media customers, to host popular real-time rendering software, Notch. We’re frequently commissioned to create custom configurations of our rack and mini PC product range to accommodate a variety of different visual and audio programs, including video production software, vMix, and lighting software, grandMA, and more recently Notch has been added to that list. An intuitive all-in-one tool for creating interactive and live video effects, Notch is widely used throughout the music industry for artists such as U2, Kasabian, Ed Sheeran, and even The Beatles, as well as for digital spectacles created by the likes of Disney and Cirque du Soleil.

    Why the 2U Nano for Notch?

    Notch in actionOur 2U Nano rackmount PC is the ideal machine for running Notch. Earlier this year we interviewed Lewis Kyle White, director of Pixels & Noise, a content and visual design company who are currently using one of our 2U Nanos as a Notch-specific unit. The main reason the company found the rack PC such an attractive prospect for hosting the software was due to its form factor. The 2U Nano’s ultra-short-depth 370mm chassis makes it perfect for travelling between different audio-visual events and shows, as it fits so neatly into flight cases, being half the depth of standard media servers. This allows space to be maximised for other equipment, and due to its shallowness and rackmounting options, can be applied to more permanent, space-sensitive installations.

    It’s also an extremely versatile machine, so can be modified specifically to optimise Notch’s capabilities, whether that’s power, performance, or a more practical application such as Wi-Fi connection. The 2U Nano’s rubber-mounted internal cooling fan and ultra-low noise power supply mean it’s completely non-disruptive when in use, too, being near silent at 34dBA, so is barely noticeable during shows and show rehearsals, even when it’s working hard.

    Great for graphics

    As Notch’s render engine is known for “utilising the GPU to its fullest”, it demands powerful graphics cards to harness its full potential. With up to 4x PCIe x16 slots, our 2U Nano has more than enough room for only the best graphics capability, and then some. What’s more, we’re fully aware that getting hold of the right graphics cards to fit your chosen case isn’t easy, as the measurements you’re working with could make certain cards completely redundant – that’s why we consider every single detail when advising which card will work best, to help you pick out the most suitable graphics option for your case before you buy. Likewise, if a particular brand of GPU is preferred, we do our best to accommodate that requirement, as well as any other preferences that add further value to the Notch experience.

    To discover more about the custom-build options available to you for Notch, or to learn more about the many capabilities of our 2U Nano rackmount PC, please get in touch with the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Products

  • Bantam

    Our Bantam PC is here – and it’s a knockout!

    Updated 15/03/2018

    We’re very excited to announce that our brand new Bantam PC is now available to order! The Bantam takes all of the best components of a Rack PC and packs it into a Mini PC case, meaning you get the best of both worlds.

    Round One

    This machine is fighting fit, promising exceptional performance and all-important flexibility. While its compact design means it’s perfect for your comms cabinet and can enable you to fit two units side-by-side in a 1U rackspace, it’s also the ideal solution for any high-demand applications thanks to its wide range of impressive processing options.

    Round Two

    Here’s a blow-by-blow breakdown of the Bantam’s exceptional features:

    • Processor options: fanless Celeron to i7
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    • 2 SSD 2.5” drive bays
    • Optional RS232 Port
    • Internal AC/DC 90W PSU

    We believe the Bantam’s internal AC/DC power supply unit (PSU) and variety of convenient mounting options make it the one to watch. Depending on your preferences, the Bantam can be mounted in a 1U rack, wall or VESA.

    Knockout!

    The Bantam PC is now officially available to order. If you would like to get your hands on this mighty machine, or else find out what this new PC means for the future of our product range, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Products

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