Monthly Archives: October 2018

  • Intel 9th gen

    Intel’s 9th gen CPUs now available in G2 PCs

    Updated 30/10/2018

    Officially unveiled earlier this month at Intel’s Fall Desktop Event, we’re excited to announce that their brand-new 9th generation of chips is now available in selected models of our Rack PCs. While the 9th gen Coffee Lake CPUs are still based on a 14nm architecture, these have now been dubbed “14nm++” and offer serious power and performance boosts over their 8th gen predecessors.

    The wow factor: i9-9900K

    Boasting 8 cores, astounding clock speeds, and compatibility with LGA1151 Coffee Lake desktop boards, we’re particularly impressed with Intel’s flagship i9-9900K processor. With a fairly standard base clock (for an i9 chip) of 3.6GHz, it is the first ever Intel CPU to have a Turbo speed of 5GHz, which is really setting it apart as a monster of a processor.

    Hailed as potentially the best gaming processor in the world today, it’s got some awesome specs:

    • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    • 16 Core Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
    • Intel L3 SmartCache 16MB
    • Up to 16 PCIe lanes
    • Intel UHD graphics 630

    More future-ready

    Helpfully, the 9th gen CPUs are backwards compatible with all of Intel’s 300-series chipsets, as well as the latest Z390 motherboard, meaning less restrictions and far more flexibility than previous generations. The chips have also been built with silicon-level hardware fixes to tackle some of the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities that were exposed at the start of this year, and see the welcomed return of Intel’s Solder Thermal Interface Material (STIM) over paste.

    Hot off the press

    Due to the fact that the 9th gen chips now offer seriously advanced overclocking, particularly the i9-9900K, the resulting power can mean the CPUs get very hot, and therefore need an equally powerful cooler to contain the excess heat. Talk to us about how best to optimise your PC for a 9th gen CPU.

    If you would like to learn more about Intel’s 9th generation of chips and how to maximise their potential within a G2 PC, contact us and speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • PCIe lanes

    How to optimise your CPU choice to maximize your PCIe lanes

    Updated 22/10/2018

    The number of PCIe lanes you can harness has the potential to open up valuable expansion opportunities in a Rack PC. We work hard to ensure our customers maximise on the PCIe lane options available to them when choosing from Intel’s line-up of CPUs. Importantly, the number of PCIe lanes on offer varies across Intel’s broad spectrum of processors, so the challenge comes with finding the right fit for your requirements.

    Performance meets capacity

    Generally speaking, Intel’s standard Desktop i3, i5, and i7 CPUs offer a maximum of 16 PCIe lanes, plus the chipset. While this is more than suitable for many of our customers who don’t have a need for any additional capacity, it can put restrictions on those looking for greater expandability and flexibility from their PCs. A single graphics card can, for example, need 16 lanes by itself, and therefore seriously limit the scope for building on the unit’s performance.

    Intel’s Desktop i9 processors, however, offer up to 44 PCIe lanes. This provides a substantial 175% increase in PCIe capacity over the usual processor options, making it ideal for customers seeking to accommodate multiple graphics cards within a single unit. Performance can therefore easily be optimised, and for the price of the i9 chip, we believe the investment is readily rewarded by the performance output achieved.

    Performance not a priority?

    If performance isn’t a necessity, but capacity is, then there isn’t really a Desktop equivalent that fits the bill. But if you’re working with Workstation and Server grade systems, or are simply seeking a low-power Intel CPU that maintains a high number of PCIe lanes, we’d recommend the new Xeon W-Series of CPUs. Even the entry-level processors in this series, such as the W-2125, offer 48 PCIe lanes.

    The Xeon W chips are only compatible with Intel’s C422 chipset motherboard, but considering the sheer number of PCIe slots available for use, we can understand why such a high-quality board is a necessity.

    We’re ready and raring to advise our customers how to get the very best out of your Intel processors and their PCIe lanes. If you’re looking for the perfect mix of performance and capacity from your PCIe lanes but don’t know where to start, give us a call and we’ll match you with a PC solution that more than suits your needs.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Technical Articles

  • ISE Register

    Guests of G2 get free entry at ISE 2019

    Updated 08/10/2018

    Integrated Systems Europe 2019 is fast approaching, and we’re making some significant headway with our plans for the world’s largest AV systems integration show. We’ll be exhibiting among some of the biggest names in AV and digital media at the RAI in Amsterdam from 5th – 8th February, stationed within the newly extended Audio & Live Events Technology Hall at Stand W114. We’ve got a load of exciting stuff to look forward to both at the show itself and in the lead-up to the main event, from awesome competitions to 1-2-1 product demos where you can take a closer peek at what makes our PCs tick.

    Importantly, our exhibitor status means that any customers that register as a G2 guest get free entry!

    Registration is open!

    Registration for ISE opened earlier today, so there’s no better time than the present to book your spot. This news is even better if you’re a G2 Digital customer or partner – as we’re exhibiting, you have the opportunity to attend the event without paying any entry fees! All you’ll need to do is get in touch with us; we’ll then issue a unique code that you can use when you register to ensure your entry is absolutely free. It’s that simple. Over 80,000 people attended last year, with an even greater number expected in 2019, so make sure you’re one of them!

    Why visit ISE 2019?

    ISE is an event not to be missed. It offers a brilliant opportunity to better understand what’s hot in the world of AV and digital media, see the latest innovation first-hand, and network with our thriving community.

    If you’re interested in attending ISE 2019 and would like to register for free as a G2 guest, speak to one of the team to find out more.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Intel E-series CPU

    New Xeon E-Series chip from Intel available in our PCs

    Updated 03/10/2018

    While we’ve recently introduced members of AMD’s Ryzen family of CPUs into our Rack and Mini PCs, this doesn’t in any way mean that Intel has been taking a backseat. In fact, we’ve been keeping a close eye on Intel’s latest releases; most notably their new Coffee Lake Xeon E-2100 series of processors. We’re pleased to reveal that these are now available across our 2U and 4U units, and more recently, our 1U Plus.

    Announced back in July, this range of CPUs has been crafted specifically for creative professionals, which is why we think it’s a perfect fit for AV and digital media. The chips promise powerful single-threaded performance, advanced reliability and security, higher max turbo frequency, and much more.

    Meet the E-2100 family

    The new Xeon E-series chip line-up consists of 10 CPUs in total, from the lower spec E-2124, a 4-core, 4-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.3GHz and boost of 4.3GHz, to the range-topping E-2186G, which boasts 6 cores and 12 threads and a boost clock of 4.7GHz from a base of 3.8GHz. The ‘G’ of the latter CPU denotes the fact that this chip also supports Intel UHD graphics, which its lower spec sibling does not. Thermal Design Power (TDP) also ranges from 71W to 95W throughout the series.

    Overall, the Coffee Lake Xeon E-2100 series has a lot to offer:

    • Up to 6 cores/12 threads
    • Up to 4.7GHz using Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    • Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory
    • Up to 64GB DDR4
    • Up to 40 PCIe lanes
    • Support for USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt
    • Support for Intel Optane memory
    • Hardware-enhanced security with Intel vPro

    Compatibility with Intel C-based chipsets

    Another huge benefit of the E-2100 series is that the Xeon processors are compatible with Intel’s C246 chipset. This wasn’t previously possible, as only Intel’s 8th gen i3, i5, and i7 CPUs were compatible, however both can helpfully now be used with the chipset.

    We’re really excited about the Xeon E-series, and will be introducing this into more of our PCs soon. If you would like to find out more about Intel’s E-2100 chips and how you can get your hands on one in a G2 PC, please contact us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products