Monthly Archives: September 2020

  • U.2 NVMe

    NVMe U.2 hot-swappable SSDs soon available in G2 PCs

    Updated 30/09/2020

    Although U.2 connectors have been around for a while now, there is still a lot of confusion about what they are and how they compare to other types of NVMe connector. The main comparison seems to be between U.2 and the more widely recognised M.2, as the former offers a host of advantages that may eventually render its predecessor obsolete. We’ll soon be introducing U.2 hot-swappable bays into our rack mount products, so wanted to clear up some of this confusion for the benefit of our customers.

    What is U.2?

    Initially released as SFF-8639 and more recently renamed for the consumer market, a U.2 connector looks similar to the SAS interface and supports the non-volatile memory express (NVMe) host controller interface. Created to alleviate some of the challenges experienced when using connectors like M.2, U.2 is a larger 2.5” format SSD and so a more easily accessible alternative.

    Why U.2 over M.2?

    M.2 is an incredibly popular SSD connector among both users and manufacturers. And it’s no wonder – its ability to offer up to 6x the speed of a standard hard drive make it hugely appealing. In spite of these gains, however, M.2 by no means an ideal solution.

    Here are three reasons why U.2 connectors are a better bet than M.2:

    1. Accessibility

    Usually fixed directly to the motherboard, M.2 connectors are not easy to replace or remove, which can be inconvenient and time-consuming. U.2 instead connects to the motherboard via a cable, and so is easily hot-swappable from the front of the PC, making the replacement process that much faster.

    1. Size

    Originally intended for thinner devices, M.2 connectors are generally very small. Because of their restricted form factor, their storage capacity is limited to a maximum of 2TB. U.2, on the other hand, is available in both 2.5” and 3.5” form factors, allowing more than double this capacity. Importantly, although M.2 is small, it typically takes up a large footprint on the motherboard. U.2 uses a lot less space, often enabling manufacturers to offer more U.2 ports than M.2.

    1. Temperature

    Another considerable advantage of the U.2 connector is that its form factor allows for a higher operating temperature. Being that much larger than an M.2 means heat dissipation is greater, seeing performance isn’t impeded when undergoing intensive tasks.

    Coming to our PCs

    U.2 offers all the benefits of an M.2 connector while improving accessibility, storage capacity, and much more. We’ll soon be introducing U.2 into our line-up of rack mount products, starting with our upcoming 1U Max with plans to make this available throughout our entire range in the near future.

    If you would like to better understand how U.2 could benefit your rack mount PC, or discover more about our upcoming 1U product, please get in touch.

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

  • Redundant PSU options

    New redundant power supply options offer the ultimate in flexibility

    Updated 23/09/2020

    CPUs are becoming more powerful all of the time. What’s more, the tasks demanded of them are getting increasingly strenuous, so it’s imperative to ensure the machines supporting them are ready for anything. A redundant power supply unit (PSU) is a big part of the solution.

    With many of our customers keen to unlock the full potential of the latest and greatest CPU options, we’ve already taken steps to add redundant PSUs to a host of our PCs, including the 2U Nano, 4U Nano, and more recently, the 1U PC.

    Continuing to expand this range of redundant PSU options, we are pleased to announce that new 600W, 800W, and 1000W options are now available.

    Why PSU choice is so important

    With any high-performance PC, regardless of its application, you need the reassurance of knowing its outputs are guaranteed in the event of an unforeseen power fault. Adding a redundant PSU helps bolster your protection against any unexpected disruptions by offering critical failover.

    But not every PC requires the same level of contingency, so it’s important to ensure there are plenty of options available. That’s why we’ve made certain our range of PSU options covers all the bases. This flexibility allows us to better match range-topping CPUs and GPUs with their associated power demands, so our customers can get the very best out of their rack mount PCs.

    Better support for powerhouse CPUs

    Operating with a high-level power supply is a must when looking to harness the latest power-hungry CPUs, such as AMD’s 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

    With the choice to include a 1000W redundant PSU, you can now enjoy the full performance of the 3990X and other high-performing components safe in the knowledge that they’re backed up by an additional power supply. This 1kW PSU option is also a great fit for machines running multiple graphics cards, seeing your GPU experience is never compromised or interrupted.

    Our introduction of greater redundant PSU options is a part of our ongoing efforts to explore the best combinations of range-topping CPUs and redundant PSUs to deliver optimum performance at all times.

    To learn more about our new redundant PSU options and how you can take advantage of the latest range-topping CPUs and GPUs in our PCs, get in touch with a member of our team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products