• 4U Nano Redundant PSU

    Redundant PSU latest addition to expandable 4U Nano

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’re pleased to officially reveal that our highly expandable 4U Nano rackmount PC has recently received an exciting upgrade to its design. Following on from the modifications we made to our popular 2U Nano of late, its larger 4U cousin is now also the recipient of a brand-new redundant power supply unit (PSU). The introduction of this optional PSU complements the 4U Nano’s already powerful, high-performing configuration, adding to its existing high output 1500W ATX power supply and augmenting its line-up of impressive features.

    Plenty of power

    Thanks to this new upgrade, the 4U Nano is now more optimised than ever for power and performance. Our first 4U unit, it was built with AV and digital media production in mind, and its clever design only reflects this:

    • 370mm ultra-short-depth chassis
    • Dual Xeon processor options
    • Support for up to 4x dual-width graphics cards
    • High output 1500W ATX PSU
    • 4x 3.5” or 8x 2.5” hot swappable HDD/SSDs

    A PC for professionals

    With dual processor options for Intel’s range-topping Xeon chips and room for multiple dual-width graphics cards, this is a machine that’s primed for performance. Like the 2U Nano, due to its short-depth case and ultra-quiet cooling fans, the 4U Nano is an ideal PC for AV professionals. The addition of a redundant PSU offers added resilience, providing users with reassurance that should their main power supply fail during a show or production, the redundant unit will simply take over as if nothing had happened.

    We’re always making changes to our line-up of Rack and Mini PCs to ensure that we’re providing our customers with innovative, reliable technology that addresses their challenges and lives up to their expectations. We listen to your needs and do whatever we can to create solutions to meet those requirements.

    If you would like to find out more about what a redundant power supply means for the 4U Nano, or else learn about the PC itself and whether it’s right for you, get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • 2U Nano Redundant PSU

    Our 2U Nano gets a redundant power supply upgrade

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We can think of plenty of reasons why the 2U Nano rackmount PC is consistently one of our most popular products. It’s an exceptionally high-performing PC, with support for Intel’s 8th generation of impressive CPUs; is ultra-quiet, thanks to internal rubber-mounted cooling fans; and boasts an exceedingly compact mounting depth at 370mm, making it ideal for space-sensitive AV installations or transport within a flight case.

    All of these features aside, we always aim to refresh and refine every one of our products as often as we can, ensuring that our customers are getting the most from their investment in our PCs. The 2U Nano is no exception. Already a feature-rich machine, with power supply options that extend up to 650W, we’ve recently decided to also add a redundant power supply unit (PSU) to the 2U Nano’s design. This means that should your PC’s main power supply ever fail during an AV show or digital media production, you get peace of mind from knowing the 2U Nano has a contingency. The 800W redundant PSU will simply take over the workload, and you can continue working without disruption as if nothing has changed.

    The addition of a redundant power supply enhances what is already a long list of exciting capabilities and important functionality offered by the 2U Nano:

    • Up to 650W standard power supply
    • Redundant 800W power supply
    • 2x 3.5” or 4x 2.5” hot swappable HDD/SSD bays
    • Full ATX motherboard support
    • Up to 4x PCIe x16 slots
    • Ultra-low noise, from only 34dBA

    We believe that introducing a redundant PSU to the 2U Nano adds further value to the PC, building important redundancy into a machine that is increasingly being used in critical environments where this peace of mind is vital.  As with the same changes we recently made to our 2U PC, this comes as a response to customer requirements and the demands of real-world application of our technology.

    If you would like to learn more about our 2U Nano and why a redundant power supply could benefit you, please get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • 1U Plus Ryzen

    AMD’s Ryzen: a big plus for our 1U Plus

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    There’s no denying that AMD’s Ryzen family of CPUs is becoming more widely sought after, not only among AV and digital media professionals, but across a whole host of different industries that are beginning to realise the many advantages of these powerful and innovative processors. We’ve seen the demand grow from our own customers, largely driven by the fact that Ryzen is a fantastic option for 3D and real-time rendering.

    Understanding the key benefits made possible by Ryzen, such as speed, power efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, we recently decided to introduce the AMD chips into our product line-up, starting with our 1U PC. We mentioned back in May that support for Ryzen would soon extend across the remainder of our units and can now announce that AMD Ryzen 7 processors are available within our 2U PC, 2U Nano, 4U Nano, and 1U Plus PCs.

    Why is the 1U Plus so important?

    We have noticed a trend among our customers in the requirement for Ryzen CPU support, which has seen more of a lean towards 1U machines. Because we want to be able to give our customers as much flexibility and choice as we possibly can, we have ensured that two of our most popular 1U units have Ryzen 7 compatibility – the 1U PC and 1U Plus. This means the chips aren’t limited to a single set of 1U specifications, but users can instead enjoy the versatility of two very different 1U machines. These both now offer support for the Ryzen 7 1800X, an 8-core and 16-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.6GHz and boost of 4GHz.

    The 2U Nano takes on Threadripper

    While Ryzen 7 has proven to be extremely popular, we’ve also now introduced AMD’s flagship Ryzen Threadripper, the 1950X, to the RT95X model of our 2U Nano. The CPU has twice the amount of cores than its cousin, and promises very impressive performance indeed. We can’t wait to see what this beast of a chip can do.

    We’re big fans of Ryzen, so if you would like to know more about AMD’s game-changing processors and how you can get your hands on one in a G2 PC, talk to us.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • AV Awards 2018 Finalist 2U Nano

    2U Nano is an AV Awards Finalist!

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’re delighted to officially announce that our 2U Nano rackmount PC has qualified as a finalist for the AV Awards’ Production Product of the Year! This is fantastic news for G2, and we’re very hopeful that the PC is a strong enough candidate to see us through to the win. The nomination is a testament to our belief that the 2U Nano is a stand-out product, and we’re thrilled it’s been recognised as such by industry experts. Putting the unit forward for the award was a simple choice for us – we’re really proud of what the product is capable of, particularly because it’s proving such a popular machine among AV and digital media professionals.

    Why we think it’s been shortlisted

    A highly flexible, powerful, yet affordable unit, the 2U Nano is perfect for running a wide variety of key applications such as vMix, grandMA, and real-time rendering software, Notch. The ruggedised PC is incredibly compact at only 370mm deep, making it ideal for space-sensitive production environments and travel within a flight case. To add to its suitability for AV and digital media, the machine can also be configured to run almost silently at 34dBA thanks to rubber-mounted cooling fans and a specially chosen ultra-low-noise power supply, minimising disruption during shows. The 2U Nano doesn’t shy away when it comes to performance, either, built to support a wide range of CPUs that extend all the way up to the latest generation of Intel and AMD chips. It’s an extremely versatile machine, too – offering multiple slots and bays that enable our customers to harness powerful graphics cards, different storage options, and much more.

    The innovation doesn’t end there

    If all of its existing features weren’t enough, we’ve also recently added a redundant power supply unit (PSU) to the 2U Nano’s design. This gives our customers the reassurance that should the PC’s main power supply ever fail during a critical task or media production, the 800W redundant PSU can instantly take over the workload without interruption. Keep an eye out for our next blog on this for more details.

    Wish us luck!

    Our 2U Nano achieves what many media servers cannot – high-performance and power in a small form factor. That’s why we think it makes such a great contender for the Production Product of the Year – it directly addresses the needs and challenges of the AV industry. We’re very excited to learn the outcome of the judges’ final decisions at the AV Awards this September and look forward to seeing how the 2U Nano measures up. Keep your fingers crossed for us until then!

    Learn more about the AV Awards and our 2U Nano rackmount PC by getting in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Ryzen for rendering

    5 reasons why Ryzen for rendering

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Since recently introducing AMD’s high-performance range of Ryzen CPUs to our ever-evolving line-up of Rack PCs, we have noticed a growing demand from our customers requiring Ryzen for rendering. Increasingly, we’re seeing a greater uptake of the processors for both 3D rendering and video encoding, now largely favoured over Intel’s own CPUs.

    But why is Ryzen such an attractive option for rendering? What makes it the go-to CPU over and above its long-term rival? Here are 5 reasons why Ryzen is a great choice for rendering:

    1. It’s all about the cores

    When it comes down to it, core and thread count is a highly important factor to take into consideration when rendering. In fact, the more cores, the better. And AMD CPUs simply have more cores than their Intel counterparts. This means far better performance, and greater speed when dealing with more intense workflows like rendering. Their Ryzen 7 2700X CPU has actually even proved to be faster in its stock form than when it’s overclocked, which just emphasises the Ryzen family’s impressive capabilities.

    1. Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT)

    Ryzen chips also have the advantage of SMT. This feature enables each of their cores to handle two simultaneous threads. Various rendering tests have demonstrated that Ryzen 7 will generally take the lead in most multi-threaded workloads, however this does mean that it struggles somewhat with single thread tasks, where Intel’s CPUs still rule the roost. Once again, having more cores proves a huge advantage, resulting in vastly improved multi-threading.

    1. Future-proof sockets

    Looking to the future, AMD has confirmed that their AM4 sockets will support any new processors through to 2020. This means that sockets will last a lot longer, so chips can be upgraded without the need for new hardware each time. Whether this will also apply to the TR4 Threadripper sockets is as yet unconfirmed.

    1. The Threadripper 1950X

    This 16 core, 32 thread beast is a particularly great find for rendering. Boasting a base clock of 3.4GHz and boost of 4GHz, it has blown the competition out of the water in tests across 3d Max, LuxRender, and Blender. It gains a clear lead in many rendering programs, and more then holds its own in others. AMD is so confident in this CPU that they recently boldly suggested Intel users trade in their i7-8086k chips for a 1950X instead!

    1. More cores for less

    The overwhelming response from the rendering community is that AMD’s Ryzen chips are far more reasonably priced than Intel’s. AMD’s price-competitive approach is therefore seeing that users are gaining the benefit of more cores at a much lower cost, putting them ahead of their rival.

    There is definitely an argument to be made for Ryzen for rendering. It’s faster, high-performing, and its competitive core count is a significant draw to AV and digital professionals reliant on rendering software. Our own machines are primed for rendering; the 2U Nano is a powerful machine ideal for 3D or real-time rendering, in addition to running complex lighting and video production programs.

    If you would like to learn more about how to best use Ryzen CPUs to optimise rendering, or else if you’re looking to build your own machine for rendering, get in touch with us.

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

  • A welcomed truce between rivals AMD and Intel?

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    It’s Intel’s 50th birthday today, so to celebrate this remarkable milestone we thought we’d create a rundown of all the latest Intel news that has surrounded this very important year. We’re big advocates of Intel, and have long used their extensive range of high-performance processors across our line-up of Rack and Mini PCs. In fact, every one of our products now supports Intel’s latest 8th generation of chips, from their i3 CPU all the way to the range-topping i7-8700k. The chipmaker has always been a lead innovator in what is an increasingly competitive market, and is still continuing to pioneer incredible shifts that challenge the conventions of CPU design.

    The thin line between love and hate: Intel and AMD

    Intel and AMD have been rivals longer than we can remember. That’s why it took us completely by surprise when Intel announced that they would be working with their arch nemesis on a new mobile chip embedded with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M graphics. This unexpected partnership was announced back in November, with the chips officially launched at CES in January. Since then, the hybrid love-child, dubbed Kaby Lake G, has been gradually making an appearance, including inside Intel’s new Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK.

    Using Intel’s Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) to connect chips, the result is a much slicker, more portable chip that, because it places the CPU and GPU in closer proximity, means a lot more control and greater performance. The idea is that it will be ideally suited to ultra-thin devices, or else create much-needed space in thicker laptops and notebooks. So far, beyond the stir that the partnership itself has created, the Kaby Lake G has already been met with lots of excitement, and is proving itself a worthy representation of two of the world’s chipmaking titans.

    We, like Intel, have recently made the foray towards AMD by implementing their Ryzen CPUs into our PCs, and are beginning to really understand the appeal of these ground-breaking chips.

    All’s fair in chips and war

    In spite of their temporary handshake, not all is at peace between Intel and AMD. To mark its 50th anniversary, Intel gave away 8086 of its new 8th generation i7-8086k processors last month in a one-off sweepstake. AMD recently responded to this act of generosity by encouraging those lucky enough to have bagged one of the i7 chips to exchange them for their Threadripper 1950X processors instead. Intel jovially bit back over Twitter, stating “@AMDRyzen, if you wanted an Intel Core i7-8086K processor too, you could have just asked us.”

    What’s next for Intel?

    Just to shake things up even further, Intel is now working on its very own discrete graphics card, looking to go head-to-head with both AMD and NVIDIA in the high-performance graphics space. At the moment, there are next-to-no details on what we can expect from this GPU, but what we do know is that it will be making an appearance sometime in 2020 – a very exciting prospect indeed.

    If you would like to find out more about the diverse range of processors and graphics cards options we have on offer within our PCs, or else learn more about the future of Intel’s chips, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • i7 NUC motherboard

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

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    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