Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • 7th gen NUC CPUs

    2017 ushers in long-awaited 7th gen NUC for Intel

    Updated 23/01/2017

    We’ve been on the edge of our seats in anticipation of Intel’s new 7th gen NUC line-up ever since they revealed their intentions back in August. There’s already been a lot of speculation and leaked information about what to expect in 2017 from Intel, but thanks to their announcement at CES 2017, we’ve now been given a bit more of a glimpse into their secret world.

    The 7th gen NUCs are now available for pre-order, built with new CPU architectures Intel has dubbed ‘Kaby Lake’ following on from the successes of Skylake. We have also learned, to our great delight, that the disappointment we faced when board-only versions of the 6th gen NUC were dropped is slowly subsiding with the promise that a vPro ‘Commercial’ variant of the 7th gen will be back.

    Here’s what to get excited about from the latest hardware:

    • Intel 7th generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors
    • Two HDMI 2.0 Outputs for full 4K support
    • Intel Optane Memory ready
    • Support for Windows 10
    • 3 year product lifecycle

    It’s anticipated that the i3 processor NUC models will ship later this month, and the i5 and i7 processor NUCs are due to ship in April.

    The most important thing to note about the new 7th generation NUCs is that a product line for both Commercial and Consumer will be available. Here at G2, we have access to the Commercial line-up which will come as a board-only configuration by itself with a vPro variant specifically designed for Enterprise deployments.

    We’re very much looking forward to the 7th generation NUC to start shipping and can’t wait to start building it into our next wave of machines. As the first company in the world to rack-mount the NUC, our team is poised to continue this innovation.

    If you would like to find out more about what to expect from the 7th gen NUC, please contact us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Optane SSD

    Happy New Year from Intel: Optane SSDs arrive in consumer PCs

    Updated 16/01/2017

    By unifying memory and storage into a single component, Intel recently uncovered what we deem to be the Holy Grail of universal memory. Their ground-breaking 3D XPoint technology is set to be a major disruption to storage as we know it, promising to be denser than any DRAM, and faster and better performing than any solid state drive (SSD) available on the market today.

    It may be a while until we see 3D XPoint going mainstream, however, as it is not yet available for public consumption and we don’t anticipate it will be any time soon. Yet there is the possibility of a great start to the year, thanks to Intel and memory technology leader Micron, as they’ve recently started bringing 3D XPoint’s ‘Optane’ SSDs to consumer-grade PCs.

    What we can expect from the Optane drives:

    • Both a 16GB and 32GB version
    • Two PCle 3.0 lanes that exchange data
    • 4GB/s 128KP read and 300 MB/s write performance (16GB)
    • 6GB/s read and 500MB/s write performance (32GB)

    We’ve also already been blown away by the Optane’s speedy capability after Intel released a demo of it in late 2016, when they tested its ability to copy files at an astonishing 1.94 GB per second!

    It doesn’t come without its limitations, though, as Intel continues its push to ensure users are upgrading to their more recent releases. The Optane drives will only be compatible with Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors and their latest CPUs. In fact, it’s very possible that the next-gen Macbook Pro will come with built-in Optane SSDs. It’s likely that Optane will ship within the second quarter of 2017 – definitely something to look forward to this year.

    We’re really excited about this release, as whilst it’s consumer-focused at this stage, it demonstrates the promise of the technology and that Intel has begun to trickle-down Optane into market-available machines.  Naturally, we will be keeping our customers closely informed on Intel 3D XPoint and how it might feature in G2’s future products.

    If you would like to know more about the storage and memory technologies used in our products today, please get in touch.


    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News