• 2U reverse mount

    Our Rack PCs are now reversible!

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’ve always prided ourselves on providing flexible mounting options for our products. It’s in large part because of how our products get used in environments where physical space is often at a premium.  It’s with this idea of flexibility in mind that we have made a dramatic change to our Rack PCs.

    Revolutionary reverse-mounting

    For the first time, several of our units can now be rack-mounted from both the front and the rear of the machine. Put simply, this opens up the option for customers to reverse-mount their PCs if this is a preference, ensuring that the PC’s connectors are facing the front of the rack, as opposed to the glowing power button. Users can therefore enjoy better cable management, easier access to connectors, and a quick means of reaching the machine’s power and LED switch, meaning greater convenience overall.

    Although our units are typically mounted in short-depth rack cabinets, being able to rackmount from both the front and the back of the PC proves a large advantage for deeper cabinets. The versatile mounting option can mean up to two units could be mounted within the same rack – one reverse-mounted and one forward-facing, resulting in a much tidier cabinet and better utilised rackspace.

    Take advantage of reverse-mounting

    This option to reverse-mount is currently only available in our 1U PC, 1U Nano, 2U Nano, and 4U Nano, however we’re already working on extending this innovation to the remainder of our product portfolio. As well as this design change, an ultra-short-depth 370mm case and new redundant power supply unit (PSU) options make our extremely compact 2U Nano and 4U Nano PCs ideal for use in AV and digital media productions where high-performance output is required in a space-sensitive environment.

    If you would like to learn more about the changes to our units or the benefits of reverse-mounting a Rack PC, get in touch with one of the team.

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

  • Intel 9th gen

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

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    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 , by Geoff Undrell

    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 , by Geoff Undrell

    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 , by Geoff Undrell

    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

  • 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
    Posted in: News, Products

  • 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