• 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

  • ISE 2019

    It’s official! G2 Digital will be at ISE 2019

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Following our visit to Amsterdam for the world’s largest AV systems integration show in February, we are thrilled to officially announce that G2 Digital will be exhibiting at Integrated Systems Europe in 2019.

    We were blown away by ISE 2018, which marked the 15th year in the event’s history and was hosted at the RAI Amsterdam across 15 halls. Filled with incredible AV innovation, everything from the latest digital signage breakthroughs to new and exciting educational technology was on display, inspiring us to seek our own place among some of the titans of AV and digital media.

    What’s in store for G2?

    We’re now very pleased to confirm that we will be taking over Stand A155 in the Smart Buildings Hall at ISE 2019. While we’re still in the process of prepping our stand ready for the show, what we can reveal is that the entirety of our Rack and Mini PC product range will be joining us on our trip to the Netherlands, and will be available for visitors to take a closer look “under the hood” at the different components that form the basis of these powerful machines.

    There will also be plenty of opportunities to see full demonstrations of our units, particularly from our newer models, such as the Bantam, 4U Nano, and of course any brand new PCs that come onto the scene over the next 10 months leading up to the event itself. We’re looking forward to showing you what they can do, live, and giving you the chance to speak with us in-person and ask any questions you may have surrounding specific projects.

    With the turnout at ISE increasing year-on-year, we’re anticipating a truly amazing event in 2019, and can’t wait to get things started. Entry into the show for all G2 Digital customers will be completely free of charge, so if you would like to register for a place, please contact us for further details. We’ll be at ISE from 5th – 8th February 2019 on Stand A155; we hope to see you there!

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Ryzen

    Ryzen CPUs now available in G2 PCs

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Since the release of their first generation of new CPUs last year, we’ve been waiting for the chance to get our hands on AMD’s Ryzen. Now we’re excited to confirm that Ryzen processors will soon be joining our growing line-up of Rack PCs.

    What is Ryzen?

    Ryzen is AMD’s latest generation of core processing units (CPUs), and was one of the most highly anticipated launches in the chipmaker’s history. Prior to its unveiling, there was a long wait for AMD to develop processors on a smaller transistor size, with the last notable upgrade occurring back in 2012. Having said that, Ryzen was a massive curveball, and has really raised the bar of what to expect from CPUs, particularly at such a cost-effective price point. The new 14nm architecture is extremely power efficient, and now also boasts simultaneous multithreading – suffice to say, these chips are fast, furious, and they mean business.

    Why Ryzen for G2?

    While historically we’ve implemented Intel’s diverse range of high-performance chips into our units, as AMD have upped their game we’ve taken a closer look at their products and believe that Ryzen is more than comparable. With an overwhelming demand from our customers, we have therefore introduced the CPUs to fulfil this requirement and provide greater choice and flexibility across our machines.

    Currently, the option for a Ryzen CPU is only available in the R718X model of our 1U PC. Rest assured, though, we will be extending availability to ensure that the processors can be applied to any of our PCs in the near future. The 1U PC at present uses the Ryzen 7 1800x, an 8-core and 16-thread chip with a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost of 4GHz. It also totals a combined overall cache of 20MB, and a modest TDP of only 95W – impressive specs indeed. The 1800x was a huge step forward for AMD; an incredible innovation that has really proved itself as a gamechanger.

    With Ryzen’s first generation finally finding its way into our PCs, we’ve also now got our eye on the 2nd generation of chips, which were launched earlier this year. If you would like to learn more about how we’re implementing AMD’s Ryzen CPUs into our units, please get in touch today.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Tiny Rack PC

    Great things come in small packages: the new Tiny PC

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    After revealing our intentions to make big changes to our Tiny PC back in November, we’ve been working hard to update our popular Mini machine with a brand new design, and can now confirm that it is available to order.

    We frequently revisit our units with a fresh perspective, always looking to add further value and functionality to our existing line-up by meeting the evolving needs of our customers, as well as creating innovative new products that shake-up the market. That in mind, we’ve launched the new-look Tiny PC to become far more advanced and powerful than it has ever been before.

    Its small form factor design and compact case are deceptive, now allowing for a full height PCIe x16 slot, a diverse range of impressive processing options, and the choice to add an RS232 serial port to improve connectivity. The Tiny’s name also extends to its minute noise levels – fanless options make it the perfect fit for sound-sensitive environments, and what’s more, the unit is still wall mountable, and ideal for easy installation.

    Maintaining some of the key features that saw its rise to popularity when it first debuted, the new Tiny PC is bursting with exciting capabilities:

    • 215(W)x205(D)x80(H)mm case size
    • Full height PCIe slot
    • Intel i7, Xeon and Fanless CPU options
    • 5” HDD/SSD bay
    • USB 2.0 port
    • External AC/DC brick
    • Optional RS232 port

    We’re raring to get the Tiny PC out of the starting blocks and see what it’s really capable of – if you feel the same way, or else would like to learn more about our small-yet-mighty PC, please speak to one of the team today.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • HD-SDI

    Bringing Dual HD-SDI to 7th gen NUCs

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Recently, we’ve received numerous requests for customisations to our NUC units that allow for the addition of Dual HD-SDI input cards. As the first company in the world to rackmount the NUC, our unique chassis for Intel’s new 7th gen NUCs makes this easily achievable, enabling us to provide the high-performance systems our customers require.

    What is Dual HD-SDI?

    Dual high-definition serial data interfaces (HD-SDI) are frequently used for professional broadcasting and video purposes, and as such are regularly called upon to help with the delivery of video conferencing applications and streaming services. These interfaces typically provide a much purer signal than similar alternative solutions, and use coaxial cables that have BNC radio frequency connectors attached. These cables are very simple to run, particularly over long distances, with fibre optic variants allowing for more far-reaching transmissions.

    Why G2 for Dual HD-SDI?

    By modifying our NUC units, we’ve created a device that makes input for HD-SDI not only possible, but easy. To provide sufficient slots for the interfaces to connect to, we’ve actually bulkhead-mounted BNC connections to the rear of the 7th gen NUC units, fixing these in place on the machine’s panel as opposed to needing these on the coaxial cabling.  This makes for a far more streamlined and fuss-free user experience, allowing much greater flexibility for HD-SDI input from Intel’s highly reliable Mini machines.

    This is just one of many modifications we’ve made to our machines in support of all sorts of applications. If you would like us to modify your unit to accommodate Dual HD-SDI input cards, or else if you’d like to learn more about our PC custom-builds, get in touch.

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

  • Intel 8th generation

    Intel’s 8th gen CPUs now available across all G2 PCs

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    After having reported on the launch of Intel’s new 8th generation offering of processors back in September, we’ve been following this new set of chips ever since. As such, we can now officially say that we have Intel’s 8th gen Kaby Lake-R and Coffee Lake processors available across our entire range of Rack and Mini PC products!

    We recently tested these out within our 1U products, which resulted in a very successful integration and led to us being able to include the Core CPUs throughout our ever-growing line-up of machines, including the new 4U Nano and Bantam PC. This integration is, though, currently limited to our Workstation series of units and so will only be available on certain motherboards.

    What to expect from 8th gen

    From their flagship i7-8700k CPU to the latest i3 chips, we’ve got a diverse selection of Intel’s 8th gen processing options ready to be fitted into your ideal G2 PC.

    The i7-8700k promises even greater efficiency than its predecessors and a serious leap in performance, with an impressive 6 cores and 12 threads to speak of. Similarly, the i3 processors now boast 4 cores – a big step up from 7th gen’s 2 cores; we’ll shortly be adding these to our build list. This boom has meant that the 8th gen CPUs are much faster, with the i7 and i5 chips in particular showing a 40% improvement in performance when compared to 7th gen. This upsurge is mostly a result of the new CPUs being quad-core instead of dual-core, which is proving to be a welcomed change.

    We’re excited about what Intel’s latest processors are bringing to our Rack and Mini PC Workstation series. If you would like to learn more about the new 8th gen chips, or find out how you can get your hands on one within our machines, get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

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