• AMD Ryzen 4000 series

    AMD’s Ryzen 4000 desktop CPUs to be released later this year

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Our anticipation for the official unveiling of AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors has now got a little longer left to build, thanks to COVID-19. Originally set to be revealed at Computex 2020 in June, the event has now been postponed until September due to the unexpected outbreak. For that reason, it’s unlikely we’ll see the CPUs in all their glory until much later this year, with a release rumoured for September, if not October. Still, we’re sure the chips will definitely be worth the wait based on what we know about them today.

    Codename: Vermeer

    The 4th generation of Ryzen desktop CPUs have been given the codename ‘Vermeer’, and follow AMD’s recent launch of their Ryzen 4000 series for laptops. Where these mobile laptop processors have been based on the chipmaker’s Zen 2 architecture, the desktop series will usher in the age of Zen 3 on a 7nm+ process.

    Vermeer also means great news for anyone with a B450 chipset, as it was recently confirmed that the Ryzen 4000 series will support Socket AM4 motherboards. With only a minor microcode update, the chips will be backwards-compatible, meaning you won’t need to upgrade anytime soon. We don’t know if the same can be said for the X470 and X570 chipsets, but it’s not beyond belief that this goodwill will extend to these as well.

    More performance, less power consumption

    While we don’t have much to go on by way of any specs for the Ryzen 4000 series just yet, it’s very possible we’ll be seeing impressive core counts, especially from their flagship CPU, and perhaps even faster clock speeds too. The chips may also prove to be much more power efficient, and could end up being a great fit for multi-threaded workloads if AMD pushes for more powerful hyperthreading.

    Although the CPUs aren’t due to be announced until the latter half of this year, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as anything new emerges. We hope to get them into our line-up of rack mounted PCs very soon so you can start enjoying the chips as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series of CPUs, or would like to understand how to take advantage of AMD’s Ryzen chips in our products, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • We are open

    We are still open for business

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Following the government’s announcement on the 23rd March that the UK is now in lockdown in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, we wanted to assure our customers that we are still open for business. We are currently doing everything we can to fulfil both existing and any new orders as quickly and efficiently as possible, while ensuring the wellbeing and safety of our staff by following the government’s guidelines.

    The impact on G2 orders

    While we are very much open, we do have limited manufacturing capacity at this moment in time, which may have an impact on some delivery timescales. However, our couriers remain fully operational, so in spite of any anticipated delays, you can be certain you will receive your order soon. Likewise, our friendly and accessible team is functioning as normal during usual business hours, so please feel free to contact us with any queries.

    In addition to potential delays, the fluctuating exchange rate as a result of the current circumstances does mean pricing may vary from our website prices. Therefore, if you require a quote, please speak to us directly and we’ll provide you with an accurate cost.

    The good news

    What’s pleasing to hear is that more and more people are beginning to return to work in China, which means the component stock shortages we’ve been experiencing of late should hopefully be coming to an end over the coming months.

    In the meantime, we’re working hard to ensure any orders are protected against the impact of the coronavirus so that you’re free to enjoy your G2 PC as soon as you’re able to. If you’d like to better understand how your order might be affected, or are in need of a quote, please get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • G2 Support Portal

    Our new Support Portal is officially live!

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’re pleased to officially launch our brand-new G2 Digital Support Portal! Easily accessible through our website navigation, we’ve built the Portal to enable our customers to quickly see your entire order history, as well as giving you a platform to better enjoy our first-class support offering.

    Why should I register?

    There is so much on our Support Portal for you to explore and benefit from. You’ll see which products you have ordered, their serial numbers, and a real-time update of your order’s status. We’ve also made it possible for you to request an invoice at the click of a button, and even remind you of your product warranty’s expiry date, giving you the option to extend this should you wish.

    You can download the relevant drivers and firmware updates for your computer too, making sure your PC is always kept up to date. On top of that, we provide you with a full breakdown of your ordered product’s specifications, from its motherboard to your chosen operating system, including an overview of your I/O ports. Usefully, you can readily gain quick access to all of our company policies, warranty, and delivery and returns information via the Portal, not to mention our FAQs.

    We’ve made returns really simple

    In the event that a product needs to be returned to us for repairs or remediation, we’ve made it easy to create and track returns within the Portal. To create a return, simply enter the product’s serial number, attach any photos, give a description of the fault and you’re away – all of your personal details are already automatically generated based on your profile. Then, when it comes to viewing your past or current returns, you can see exactly which requests are pending, open, or closed, depending on where they are in the process. Once a return is closed, we’ll give you a detailed response as to our understanding of the fault and explain how we’ve resolved it.

    What if I don’t want a full account?

    If you’ve only made a small order with us and don’t require a full account, you can still see the details of your order via the Portal. All you need to do is enter your G2 computer’s serial number, and you’ll be granted access to its full specifications and your order information.

    Register today!

    Registering only takes two minutes, and then you’re free to enjoy easy and straightforward access to all of your G2 order history.

    Sign up here: support.g2digital.co.uk

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • ISE 2020

    Our reflections on ISE 2020

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Earlier this month, we braved the onslaught of “the storm of the century”, Storm Ciara, and defied all odds to travel to the RAI Amsterdam for this year’s Integrated Systems Europe. It was well worth the trip, with mind-blowing audio-visual displays and innovative installations filling every square inch of the exhibition centre. Exhibiting for the second time along with 1,300 others, we had a truly fantastic show and relished in the opportunity it presented to speak face-to-face with our existing customers. We met a whole lot of new faces over the four days too, so are now even more excited about what’s in store for the year ahead.

    Intel PoEWings, water-cooling, and a wall of PoE

    Stationed in Hall 15 among the likes of HP, Dell Technologies, and Google Cloud, our stand was completely kitted out with some of our most impressive applications. This included an entire wall dedicated solely to our Intel-based Power over Ethernet (PoE) products; our 1U NUC, Fanless NUC, and Bantam PCs. The units proved incredibly popular and really got our customers talking about the power of PoE. Our 3U PC also succeeded in attracting a lot of attention, its open lid proudly showing off two AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards to the delight of passing AV professionals and gamers alike. Equally as cool, our 2U PC was host to a bespoke water-cooling solution for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3970X live on the stand, featuring reengineered Alphacool parts we’d designed specifically for the application. High above the stand, our highly portable 2U Nano flew on neon wings, demonstrating its suitability for transport in flight cases.

    Lots to see at this year’s ISE

    In spite of industry leader LG Electronics’ absence as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in China, there were countless new technologies and solutions across the show’s 15 halls to get our teeth into. This included a particularly notable installation from Epson, #EpsonUnboxed, which featured a revolving projection-mapped box that housed a Formula One racing car. Speaking of racing, Christie also caught our attention with their Scalextric track – using RFID tags, the cars were tracked and images projected in their wake. This theme of gaming continued throughout the Audio and Live Events Hall, with Panasonic displaying a panel of gamers competing in real-time on their 4K screen. Possibly the most controversial installation, however, was Vogel’s pole-dancing robot, “Elettre”, which appeared to demonstrate the robust nature of their display mounts, but not without raising a few eyebrows in the process.

    Panasonic esports

    Take a tour of the stand

    AVTV

    If you missed us at ISE and didn’t get the chance to hear from our MD Chris Hollidge, you’re in luck! We sat down with AV Magazine while at the show to film for AVTV and gave them a unique insight into why our design-led approach to computer engineering sets us apart from other manufacturers and why we believe PoE is a huge game-changer for AV integrators. For a quick tour of our stand and to learn more about our solutions, watch the video here.

    Back for Barcelona

    We’re looking forward to seeing how the show will transfer as it heads to Barcelona next year. ISE 2021 will take place at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona complex, from 2nd – 5th February. We hope to see you there!

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • G2 Digital ISE 2020

    One week to go before ISE 2020!

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’re now only days away from the world’s largest AV systems integration show, Integrated Systems Europe, in the heart of Amsterdam. The show is a home-from-home for some of the biggest and most respected names in the AV and digital media industry, from Samsung to Sony, and we’re elated to be joining them as an exhibitor for the second year running. With a bigger and better stand than last year in tow, we’re taking things up a notch by showcasing some of our most impressive applications and running live demonstrations so you can see for yourself exactly what our products can do.

    Intel meets Power over Ethernet

    Where last year’s show provided the platform for the debut of our Intel-based Fanless NUC, this year we’re bringing three Intel-powered Dawson Canyon NUC products along with us, all of which allow our customers to harness the many benefits of PoE. Power over Ethernet can be a massive game-changer for AV integrators, not least because it radically simplifies and streamlines computer installation by enabling both power and data to be transmitted through a single cable, but also because it’s more secure, flexible, and affordable than more traditional solutions. We’ll be displaying the true power of PoE on our stand, so make sure you take some time to swing by for a quick coffee and a chat about why these Intel-based products are so great for AV production challenges.

    Water-cooling for the win

    We know how difficult it can be to make the most of high-end next-generation processors the likes of Intel’s i9-9900K, particularly in a compact rack mount PC. That’s why we’ve engineered a pretty epic water-cooling solution made up of components modified specifically for use in a smaller unit. This awesome application will feature on our stand in the form of our 2U PC, which will be host to AMD’s powerful Ryzen Threadripper 3970X. Because the 3rd gen chip has a sweltering TDP of 280W, the same as its younger cousin, the 64-core 3990X, it requires sufficient cooling in order to ensure the temperature of our host unit is kept to a safe operating range. By visiting us at ISE, you’ll get the chance to see up close exactly how our solution works and better understand why water-cooling is so key to unlocking the full potential of your CPU.

    Perfect for portability and plenty of PCIe

    An ideal computer for maximising your graphics (GFX) cards, the vertical variant of our 3U PC will be in prime position on the stand. Offering up to 7x full height single PCIe bays, it allows as many as 3x professional GPUs to be fitted for exceptional graphics performance. We’ll also be bringing our horizontal model along, so you can see how we’ve enabled 2x consumer GFX cards to fit without compromising on the height of the unit.

    Also making an appearance this year is our popular and incredibly portable 2U Nano. Ultra-short-depth, the rack mount PC is perfect for transport in a flight-case, which is exactly how you’ll find it on our stand. Because it’s so compact, it fits neatly into the flight-case with plenty of room to spare. In fact, it’s even possible to fit two units within the same rack. Featuring dual-width GPU support and an optional redundant power supply, we’re certain this unit will really take off at ISE 2020.

    Book a meeting to learn more

    Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about our rack mount computers by booking a 1-2-1 meeting with us at the show. You’ll be given the V.I.P treatment with a personalised tour of the stand based on the products that interest you. We’d love to see you there, so secure your slot before it’s too late!

    You’ll find us on Stand S282 in Hall 15 from 11th – 14th February at the RAI Amsterdam.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Threadripper 3990X

    64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X set to be another game-changer for AMD

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    We’re absolutely blown away by AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper 3990X monster processor. Officially unveiled at CES 2020 earlier this month, the chip has a phenomenal 64 cores and 128 threads, making it the world’s first 64-core high-end desktop CPU. Based on the titan chipmaker’s Zen Core architecture, the CPU is purpose-built to handle large workloads with ease and at speed, even rivalling the performance of server and data centre equivalents. For that reason, we’ve already started getting our line-up of rack mount PCs ready to contain this awesome beast.

    “One processor to render them all”

    The Threadripper 3990X has been boldly referred to by AMD in their promotion of it as “the one processor to render them all”, and indeed, it will probably be a while yet until its position as such is challenged by the likes of Intel. With up to 288MB of combined cache, an impressive 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and a thermal design power (TDP) of 280W, the processor pushes the boundaries of high-performance computing like never before. It offers simultaneous multi-processing power thanks to its sheer number of threads, lightning-fast rendering, and rapid access to large data sets. Despite its modest base clock of 2.9GHz and boost of 4.3GHz, we’re still expecting great things from the chip.

    AMD is giving us loads to look forward to

    CES 2020 also provided the platform for AMD’s reveal of their 3rd gen Ryzen 4000-series of mobile processors, as well as Radeon 7 – the very first 7nm gaming graphics card – due to launch this February. This is particularly interesting, considering Intel has recently confirmed they’re also working on a next-gen 7nm GPU, but it’s likely we won’t see this in the flesh until 2022.

    Unleash the beast!

    We can’t wait for the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X to finally be unleashed on the 7th February. We’ve already got plans for some awesome and innovative cooling solutions that will help tame the CPU’s sweltering 280W TDP within our compact rack mount computers.

    If you would like to discover more about AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X chip and find out when this will become available in selected models of our PCs, speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
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  • Windows 7 end of support

    No need to say goodbye to Windows 7 just yet

    Updated , by Geoff Undrell

    Windows 7 had a very good run in the ten glorious years following its introduction back in 2009, but following the discontinuation of support by Microsoft last week, we must finally say a fond farewell to the decade-old operating system. This is not least because by ending support for Windows 7, Microsoft will no longer be providing technical assistance, patches, or software updates, meaning any bugs or security vulnerabilities that still exist within the OS will never be fixed. This makes Windows 7 PCs an attractive and easy target for hackers and cybercriminals.

    It doesn’t have to end this way

    Regardless of the security issues that may be encountered as a result of sticking with Windows 7, there’s been a lot of resistance when it comes to upgrading to Windows 10, which is what Microsoft is encouraging users to do. To some degree, this is understandable – Windows 7 was incredibly popular, and it can be hard to let go of something so familiar to make the leap to something new. With that in mind, we have some great news for steadfast and loyal users of Windows 7 – Extended Security Updates (ESU) are still available for Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise, and Pro for Embedded Systems editions.

    What does this mean?

    Thanks to the availability of ESU, we have the option of extending the support of our Windows 7 machines for up to an additional three years. This means your G2 PC could still be benefitting from Embedded Support in 2023! And while you can still purchase our products with the Windows Embedded Standard 7 service pack until 2024, you won’t receive any security patches without ESU, so we think it’s a complete no-brainer if you’re a dedicated Windows 7 user.

    What’s the catch?

    Windows 7 is already living on borrowed time. Its mainstream support officially ended in 2015, so for the past four years it’s been leeching off Microsoft’s extended support. Now having finally reached its end, there are a lot of issues to circumnavigate. To add to the fact that without any support or security updates your PC is no longer protected, you also won’t get the benefit of any new software or features as these will be incompatible with the OS. Likewise, very few manufacturers now offer Windows 7 drivers with their hardware, so you’ll be restricted to what little is available.

    Maybe it’s time to move on

    Although we’ll still readily offer the option to extend the support of your Windows 7 G2 PC, the argument to consider switching to Windows 10 is compelling. It’s more secure, user-friendly, and agile, and according to Microsoft will likely be the last major release of the OS for a very long time. For that reason, upgrading to Windows 10 alongside an upgrade to your current PC seems like a considerably worthwhile investment.

    If you’d like to know more about how you can enjoy Windows 7 Embedded Support, or are interested in upgrading to Windows 10, please contact one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products