Products

  • 1U and 2U PC

    Double Feature: Both our 1U and 2U PCs are treated to design updates

    Updated 13/06/2017

    We take pride in ongoing innovation and quick responses to customer feedback about our products.  That’s why this month we’re embarking upon a project that will see two of our popular PCs receive updated designs.

    1U PC

    In light of recent requests for a greater number of Hot Swap bays within our 1U PC, we’re pleased to announce that we can now accommodate up to 8 Hot Swap drives in this machine. The revision has next-to-no effect on the unit’s physical footprint, and likewise means it still retains a dual-width PCIe bay. What’s more, we’re pretty sure this feature is completely unique in the 1U space given the 1U PC’s 350mm depth.

    As a result we’re now packing a lot into our 1U rackmount PC:

    • 8x Hot Swap drives
    • 2x Front USB 3.0 ports
    • Dual-width PCIe slot for high power Graphics Cards
    • Tool-less quick removal lid
    • DVD/Blu-ray Optical drives

    2U PC

    Thanks to a recent update to our flexible 2U PC’s design, we are now delighted to be able to offer new configuration options around low profile and full height PCIe bays. Having restructured the back panel and reengineered the unit to hold a redundant power supply, customers will now have the option to fit more low profile expansion cards than ever before. The rack-mountable 2U machine can now fit a maximum of 7 low profile cards, or else can be configured to fit up to 4 full height cards, depending on your requirements.

    We do everything we can to ensure each one of our machines is up to whatever you have planned for it.  These updates are part of our ongoing cycle of refinement and reinvention. It’s also why our products have achieved some noteworthy industry ‘firsts’.

    If you would like to learn more about what our 1U and 2U PC updates have in store, or discover what other development projects we have lined up, please speak to the team.

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

  • 2U PC redundant power supply

    Power-up! Our 2U PC gains a redundant power supply, and more

    Updated 07/06/2017

    It’s not uncommon for power supply units (PSU) to fail – an inconvenient truth, but often the reason for PC breakdown. With this in mind we’ve decided to build our 2U PC to a more modular design in order to accommodate a redundant power supply.  You’ll never need to worry about your machine going offline again, as in the event of PSU failure the secondary PSU will take over.

    To accompany this redundant power supply, the design has also been reengineered to allow more room for additional low profile expansion cards, so customers will be able to fit more into their 2U unit than ever before! Alternatively, there will still be the option to fit up to 4 full height expansion cards as needed.

    Coupled with our range of Server or Industrial motherboards, our feature-rich 2U PC is therefore perfect for all sorts of business-critical applications because of its robust design:

    • Redundant 680W power supply, 80PLUS GOLD Rated
    • Supports the latest X99 and 7th Gen Skylake motherboards
    • Supports Intel’s 18 core Xeon E5 processors
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • Up to 8x 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives
    • 6x Hot-Swap Bays
    • Slimline DVD/Blu-ray drive

    We’re always looking for new ways to innovate to be able to provide our customers with the functionality they deserve. Our machines are constantly evolving to suit new requirements and the demand of emerging trends to ensure that we deliver the best experience possible. Our 2U PC redesign is just one of many updates to come over the coming months where we have actively taken our customers’ needs into consideration. That’s why we’re known for producing some real industry ‘firsts’.

    For more information on what our updated 2U PC design will entail, or else if you’d like to learn more about our upcoming development projects, please get in touch.

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

  • Project build

    Have it your way – five reasons to commission a project build PC

    Updated 24/04/2017

    As well as the off-the-shelf products G2 sells, we are frequently commissioned to build Mini or Rack PC appliances for specific purposes.  We term these requests “project builds” and they are often the best route to ensuring hardware is precisely matched to the purpose you have in mind for it.  When there’s such a lot of choice already available, it’s often not clear what the benefits are of going this route.  Here are the five most common benefits which tend to influence if this direction is right:

    1. No compromise on build

    Sometimes, the mix of options available to you in an off-the-shelf product don’t measure up and you end up compromising.  With a project build, quite literally anything is possible.  Together we can evaluate what you need and match what goes into the machine to your exact requirements, without wasting money on unnecessary components.  You’ll have the chance to tailor everything from motherboard to operating system.

    1. Change the inside and out

    A project build isn’t restricted to the internal specification of the machine either; we can custom build cases and change the physical size of the machine based upon how it will be used or where it will be located.  We can even modify the design to factor in other important functional attributes like acoustics or resistance to the elements.  We’ve previously built machines for all sorts of environments including yachts, all-terrain vehicles, interactive restaurant tables and much more.

    1. A better end-user experience

    Having a machine perfectly suited to your application ultimately means you’ll deliver a better experience for your users – whether that’s performance, reliability, graphics or any other consideration that’s important.  You might end up conceding on this when you’re working within the confines of off-the-shelf options, as whilst choice can be plentiful it still doesn’t guarantee the match you might be looking for.  Likewise, there’ll be less chance of failure in operation if the specification is spot on, and you’ll have confidence that the machine will work straight out of the box every time.

    1. The chance to personalise the machine

    If you’ve created your own software and you’re looking for a Mini or Rack PC as a host appliance, there’s a good chance you’ll want the machine to reflect your company branding.  We can do just this, including adding your corporate livery, altering case colour and changing display lights used.

    1. Same Warranty coverage

    Just like our off-the-shelf machines, your project build is covered by our Standard 2-year return to base warranty.  However, if you required a longer warranty term or onsite cover we can look at a bespoke warranty cover just for your application.  It means you can confidently commission machines safe in the knowledge that you’ll receive the same levels of support in the event of a problem.

    We’ve delivered countless project builds and accordingly have an extensive library of blueprints to call upon depending on the type of machine you’re looking for.  It means project builds are informed by past experiences to create tailored options in a fraction of the time.

    If you’d like to know more, take a closer look at how we build solutions like this.  Alternatively, speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements further.

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

  • Bantam PC

    Introducing the new Bantam Hybrid PC – it packs a powerful punch

    Updated 12/04/2017

    We’re thrilled to announce that we’re currently in the process of developing a brand new Hybrid PC, the Bantam. As the name suggests, it’s an incredibly lightweight and flexible machine, but don’t let that fool you – the Bantam also packs one heck of a performance punch. Supporting Intel’s processor family all the way through to the range-topping i7, it’s purpose-built to tackle high-demand applications where a robust small form-factor appliance is required.

    A PC that goes the distance

     The Bantam is packed from top to toe with fantastic features that make it a real contender:

    • Processor options: fanless Celeron to i7
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    • 2 SSD Bay for main OS
    • Two additional 2.5” HDD/SSD drive bays
    • Optional RS232 Port
    • 1U Rack Mount, Wall or VESA mounted
    • Up to 2 units can be mounted side by side in 1U
    • Internal AC/DC PSU

    Standing at 222mm x 44mm x 240mm, the Bantam also offers various mounting options including 1U rack, wall, or VESA mount. It’s no messy machine, either, thanks to its tidy internal AC/DC power supply unit (PSU), which considers the neatness of your comms cabinet when rack-mounted. You even have the option to fix two units side-by-side in a single 1U space for convenience and the chance to squeeze more compute into the same footprint.

    Soon stepping into the ring

    The Bantam is still in its early stages of development, but will soon be available for pre-order. If you would like to gain the low down on what the Bantam will bring to our product family, or are interested in learning more about the project, please get in touch.

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

  • Intel Xeon v5 processors

    Xeon v5 Processors now supported in our new ‘Industrial’ and ‘Server’ systems

    Updated 10/03/2017

    The hype surrounding Intel’s influx of innovation over the past couple of months came to a head at CES 2017 when their new 7th generation line-up took centre stage. However, the excitement still hasn’t ebbed due to the anticipated arrival of their Skylake Xeon v5 processors, which are beginning to gradually become available as part of the new updates.

    But how do they differ from v4, and why should you be holding out for the benefits of v5?

    Core, blimey!

    All we can say is that the number of cores speak for themselves. Where the topmost E7 v4 processor variant (E7-8890) only saw at its top end a 24 core chip, Intel has confirmed a 28 core E7 v5 processor with 165W Thermal Design Power (TDP). This is a considerable step up, with a lot more compute power promised as a result. But that’s not all – there is even a possibility that a flagship E5-2699 v5 processor could arrive on the scene with 32 cores and a gigantic 64 threads! That’s really something to look forward to.

    Here’s what we know of the Xeon v5 processors so far:

    • 14nm process node
    • LGA 3647 socket
    • E5 range for 2S/4S chips = up to 26 cores
    • E7 range for 4S/8S chips = up to 32 cores
    • 6-channel DDR4 support
    • Up to 38.5 MB L3 cache (E7)
    • At least 20% faster than v4

    The increase in performance of the v5 will naturally come with a price, but it is understood that they won’t be overwhelmingly more expensive than their predecessor.

    We’re thrilled to announce that our new ‘Industrial’ and ‘Server’ series variants of our 1U PC and 1U Nano products are now able to support Intel’s Xeon E3 and E5 v5 processors, our S325 and S345 models already integrating and using the next-gen CPUs.

    Kaby Lake v6 also on the cards

    We don’t mean to jump the gun, but specs are also now emerging with details surrounding the upcoming Kaby Lake E3 v6 processors due to a premature list release. What we can reveal is that the TDP for the v6 will be lower than the v5 by around 7-8W, depending on graphics, and each E3 processor will have 8MB of L3 cache. We can already see these will be faster again than their v5 siblings.

    There is still a lot on the horizon for Intel, and indeed for our products, with the Xeon v5 processors now available in a selected range of our server models. If you think the new Xeon processors could benefit you or you would like to talk more about their advantages, just get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Intel Kaby Lake

    Intel Kaby Lake kicks clock-speed up a notch, and more besides

    Updated 13/02/2017

    Since the overwhelming successes of Intel’s Skylake architecture last year, the word on everyone’s lips has been ‘What’s next?’ for Intel. We caught only small snippets of information throughout the latter half of 2016, which kept us holding our breath in suspense, until the new Kaby Lake CPU line-up was finally officially introduced at CES 2017.

    So what’s the big deal about Kaby Lake? 

    Like its predecessors, Broadwell and Skylake, Kaby Lake is also built on 14nm technology, and on the surface doesn’t really seem altogether that different to these previous architectures. However, what it has done is dialled its clock-speed up to eleven, making overclocking easy, and has so far demonstrated some really impressive results. Its flagship processor, the i7 7700K is now capable of a base speed of 4.2 GHz and a Turbo Boost speed of 4.5 GHz, even known to comfortably reach new heights of 5 GHz, and beyond. This is driving far greater speed and efficiency across the board thanks to Intel’s Speed Shift technology, even though its performance has stayed still at x86.

    Despite its largely unchanged architecture, there is a lot to look forward to from the advanced features offered by the Kaby Lake line-up.

    Compatible with 6th gen

    Important to note is that Kaby Lake follows Intel’s new Process, Architecture, Optimisation design model, although the processors will be backwards-compatible with their 6th gen ancestors.

    Video media engine

    This new addition to Intel’s processor makes 10-bit content look like a piece of cake. Not only that, but it can also decode Ultra HD video on-chip without affecting battery life – in fact, Intel is claiming a 3x improvement on battery life when decoding 4K on Kaby Lake.

    Intel® Iris Plus 640/650 graphics

    The updated graphics core allows users to stream 4K services with ease, and edit 4K video in real-time. It’s even been suggested by Intel that the 650 will show up to 65% improved graphics performance than the 630, which is great news for those in rich media creation.

    Intel® Optane Ready

    Following the excitement surrounding Intel’s new Optane memory, their next-gen CPUs have an M.2 slot on each board ready for Optane technology, which will act similarly to Intel Smart Response Technology, using Optane as either traditional storage or else to accelerate system performance.

    Support for Windows 10

    As expected, the CPUs are compatible with Windows 10. Following Skylake’s lead, Kaby Lake’s LGA 1151 socket also makes it pin compatible for seamless integration with legacy boards.

    Intel’s Kaby Lake processors have begun shipping, and because of its compatibility with Skylake motherboards we are already integrating them into our own range of Rack and Mini PCs. If you would like to know more about Intel’s new line-up or which of our products will feature it first, just get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • 1U PC short depth Front USB3

    New 1U PC now available to order!

    Updated 09/11/2016

    Back in August, we announced that our long serving, 1U PC was due for a make-over. After 8 years as one of our most popular products, it has now received a well-deserved refresh, and the newest incarnation is now available for our customers to order.

    The new-look 1U PC now boasts greater capacity, ramped up performance, and an even simpler, more user-friendly design. The changes we’ve introduced are heavily informed by customer feedback, enhancing the 1U’s capabilities, but maintaining its reputation for balancing functionality with exceptional value.

    The new 1U PC now features:

    • Dual Width Graphics Card in 1U – A wider PCIe bay accommodates dual width GFX cards, allowing us to support a variety of high performance video cards.
    • Greater HDD/SSD capacity – The 1U PC now uses 4 x Hot Swap Bays which can accommodate up to 8x 5” Hot Swap SSD/HDD, or 3x 3.5” HDDs.
    • Even greater power with 300W upgrade – More demanding applications and higher power graphics cards are more readily accommodated by the new 300W power supply.
    • Quieter operation with less fans – Less fans produce less noise, and combined with our improved dynamic speed fan controller, also offer better internal cooling performance.
    • Front USB 3.0 Ports – We’ve introduced 2x ultra-fast USB 3.0 connection ports at the front as standard at no extra cost.
    • Easy to open quick fit lid – This enables easier access to internal components, making maintenance or upgrades far simpler.

    We’re really excited about the next-generation of 1U PC.  The original product marked a very important milestone for G2 in our bid to be one of the best independent rack mount PC manufacturers in the UK and we believe the latest edition continues to set our products apart.

    If you’d like to learn more about the changes to our 1U PC, or else place an order, please get in touch.

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

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