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  • Ryzen 9 3950X

    Power and productivity made possible by AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X

    Updated 02/01/2020

    As we enter 2020, there’s still an overwhelming demand for AMD’s latest Ryzen 9 processor – the 3950X. Officially launched back in November, the chips were snapped up incredibly quickly upon their release, and now trying to track one down is like trying to spot a polar bear in the snow. That in mind, we thought we’d take some time to explain why these processors are proving to be so popular, and why we’re making it a New Year’s Resolution to get our hands on some.

    Awesome raw performance

    The Ryzen 9 3950X comes ready with a sizeable 16 cores and 32 threads, and in spite of delays to its initial release because of supposedly unsatisfactory clock speeds, has a base clock of 3.5GHz and an impressive boost of 4.7GHz. Where the high-end desktop CPU truly excels though is in its ability to manage multi-core workloads and complete complex productivity tasks, which it does with considerable ease.

    How does it compare?

    In terms of its multi-core capabilities, the chip does far better than Intel’s recent i9-9900KS, if only due to the fact it has twice the number of cores and threads. The Ryzen 9 3950X’s Thermal Design Power (TDP) is also that much lower, offering 105W as opposed to 127W, a figure that has the potential to be reduced even further thanks to AMD’s introduction of an ‘eco-mode’. Its predecessor, the 3900X, also doesn’t quite measure up on the cores front, with 12 cores and 24 threads to speak of, and while the 3950X’s base clock is 0.3GHz below the 3900X’s, its boost is now 4.7GHz versus 4.6GHz.

    More news to come

    We’ll have more information on when the Ryzen 9 3950X chips will be available in our PCs over the next month or so, so keep an eye out for any news! In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the AMD CPUs currently supported in our line-up of rack mount and compact PCs, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Redundant PSU option makes the 1U PC more reliable than ever before

    Updated 18/12/2019

    In response to high levels of customer demand over the past few months, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our latest research and development project; the installation of a redundant power supply unit (PSU) into one of our 1U PCs. So far, we’ve added redundant PSU options to our 2U Nano, 2U PC, 3U PC, and 4U Nano, but this marks the very first time a redundant PSU has appeared in one of our 1U units.

    We’ve put even more ‘wow’ into 1U

    Not only is it the first time we’ve made this option available in one of our 1U computers, it is also the most powerful redundant PSU we’ve ever fitted across our entire product range. The 800W monster will see the 1U PC’s reliability increase considerably, ensuring any high-intensity workloads or systems are able to run consistently, even in the face of a single PSU failure. That way, you have the peace of mind that should your unit fail, you’re always protected.

    An extremely versatile PC

    This compact 1U unit packs a punch with lots of exciting features and expansion opportunities:

    • Redundant 800W power supply
    • Dual-width PCI(e) slot suitable for dual-width graphics cards
    • Up to 3x 3.5″ Fixed or 8x 2.5″ Hot Swappable HDD/SSDs – or a mixture of both

    And because this highly configurable PC can also be reverse mounted, if a power failure should occur, the rear of the unit can be made easily accessible, so it’s less likely you’ll need to remove it from the rack in order to rectify the issue.

    The first sample of the new and improved 1U PC with redundant PSU will be arriving soon. If you’d like to learn more about why a redundant PSU option could benefit your 1U unit, then please get in touch.

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

  • Intel Quartz Canyon

    Quartz and Provo Canyon: the next generation of Commercial Intel NUCs

    Updated 03/12/2019

    Although Intel’s chip shortage is predicted to last slightly longer than we anticipated, there is some silver lining to take comfort in – Intel will soon be launching a new ‘commercial’ line-up of next-generation NUC PCs. While there is plenty of information already available on the upcoming Quartz Canyon NUC, the lesser-known Provo Canyon has been more tightly kept under wraps. Because so little is currently known about it, we wanted to give you a better insight into what to expect from the new NUC to ensure you’re suitably prepared for its release.

    Get reacquainted with the Quartz Canyon

    Before looking into the Provo in any detail, we thought we’d provide you with a quick overview of the Quartz Canyon and why this workstation-specific NUC could be of significant interest. It supports an 8-core Xeon or 9th Gen i7 processor, ECC Memory, and boasts a PCIe expansion slot. A 100W internal power supply is also a notably attractive feature, as is the availability of 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports. We have high hopes the NUC will be fast and furious, offering serious processing capabilities in a small form factor.

    Introducing the Provo Canyon

    The more elusive Provo Canyon also brings a lot to the table, with support for Intel’s latest 8th gen i3, i5, and i7 range of CPUs as well as its own Thunderbolt 3 connector, which could mean super-quick data transfers and a third display output. It’s not short on its sheer number of available ports either, with Dual HDMIs and the Thunderbolt port allowing up to three native connections. What’s especially exciting about this NUC, however, is the fact that it offers extended display identification data (EDID) emulation. For headless, 2nd virtual, and persistent displays, this important feature ensures extended AV signals are optimised and any EDID information is achievable regardless of the cable types involved in your installation, meaning you can more easily match the needs of the display you’re working with. This could really be a gamechanger for audio-visual production environments.

    Not long to wait!

    We’re expecting even more information on Intel’s 8th generation NUCs this month, so watch this space for more news. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the next-gen NUCs or discover how our innovation has made it possible to rack mount Intel NUC PCs, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs 3rd gen

    AMD’s 3970X and 3960X Ryzen Threadripper CPUs on sale!

    Updated 19/11/2019

    AMD’s 3rd generation of Ryzen Threadripper desktop processors has finally arrived, and just in time for Christmas too – having gone on sale at 2pm today. Built using AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture, the latest additions to their incredible line-up of CPUs are the 3970X and the 3960X. Both are run with the new TRX40 motherboard chipset, and promise higher clock speeds and improved efficiency and performance to help content creators “realise their creative vision”. The chips will very soon be available within selected models of our products, so for now we wanted to give you a taste of what you can expect from them.

    Power, punch, and PCIe lanes

    Purpose-built to handle lightning-fast creative workloads, there is a lot to get excited about from the new Threadripper CPUs. The 3960X boasts 24 cores and 48 threads with a base clock of 3.8GHz and a boost of 4.5GHz, with its higher-end sibling, the 3970X, offering a massive 32 cores and 64 threads and a base and boost clock of 3.7GHz and 4.5GHz respectively. Most impressive, though, is the availability of up to 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes in both chips, something which makes them ideal for multi-GPU configurations. It’s no wonder that AMD is claiming the 3970X is the world’s most powerful desktop processor, especially with 144MB of combined cache.

    Coming soon…

    Following the official launch of the 3rd gen Threadripper CPUs, AMD will be releasing its flagship 16-core and 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X chip on 25th November, which has been anticipated for some time. Along with this, AMD has stated they’ll be providing the new Ryzen 3000 processors with a new ‘eco-mode’, wherein you can scale your Thermal Design Power (TDP) back to significantly reduce power consumption. This can even take the 3950X’s TDP down from 105W to 65W, but does come at the expense of some performance. Having said that, AMD has confirmed that the chip can successfully run at 77% standard performance using only 44% of its power.

    AMD Threadripper in G2 PCs

    We’ve already started building the new 3rd gen Threadripper chips into members of our product family, adding to the growing amount of AMD chips already available in our PCs. We even engineered a solution for a customer that allowed the 3970X to consistently run thanks to the introduction of water-cooling components, successfully lowering the 3970X’s temperature and cooling our host 2U PC down to a safe operating range.

    If you would like to find out how to take advantage of the powerful CPUs in a G2 PC, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Intel Xe graphics card concept

    Intel’s new Xe graphics cards are on track for a 2020 launch

    Updated 04/11/2019

    For the past few years, AMD and NVIDIA have indisputably been the ones leading the charge in the graphics card market, but with chipmaker giant Intel soon stepping into the same arena, this could all be set to change. Since their announcement back in August last year, Intel has been working away on its own discrete graphics card dubbed the Xe DG1. However, because they’ve been keeping these graphics cards very close to their chest, as of this moment, we know very little about what to expect from Intel’s upcoming GPUs. Only that we can’t wait to get our hands on them!

    What do we know about the Xe graphics cards?

    The only thing we really know is that it’s very likely we’ll get to see Intel’s Xe graphics cards coming into the fray sometime in 2020. The actual release date is still under a bit of speculation, with some rumours suggesting we could see it as early as June 2020 and some erring on the side of a release much later in the year. Intel’s Senior Vice President of Architecture, Graphics, and Software and former AMD engineer, Raja Koduri teased the launch only last month with a cryptic tweet of a new personalised number plate that read “THINKXE” and an expiry date of June 2020, which may be grounds enough to support the theory.

    A lot of potential and power

    While we can’t pin down anything exact for the time being in terms of the GPU’s anticipated specs, what is possible is that their top end 512 Xe card could end up outperforming NVIDIA’s RTX 1080 Ti, based on some speculative estimates made by the tech enthusiast community, which gives us an idea of anticipated performance. More recently, there’s also been evidence to suggest that Intel is intent on implementing multi-GPU technology with its Xe GPUs. This could enable people to double up on their graphics cards to achieve more power, while creating an easier upgrade path by splitting the cost over two different purchases. It could also mean that anyone using both Intel CPUs and GPUs in tandem could see even greater benefit, as the graphics card would work with the integrated graphics within the processor to aid more complex tasks.

    It’s alive!

    Last week, Intel’s Senior Director of Discrete Graphics and Visual Technologies Marketing and another former AMD employee, Chris Hook tweeted that the discrete Xe graphics cards are “alive!”, having been officially powered on and now in a functional working state. We’re very excited to hear the new GPUs are currently being tested, and are looking forward to seeing exactly what they can do next year. Adding to the good news, Intel has also confirmed they are on track to release their first 7nm GPU in 2021, something we’re equally anxious to see.

    If you’d like to find out more about Intel’s new discrete Xe graphics cards or discover how you can take advantage of the GPUs within our range of Rack and Mini PCs, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • G2 Digital is heading back to Amsterdam for ISE 2020

    Updated 21/10/2019

    Following our successful trip to Integrated Systems Europe earlier this year, we’re delighted to announce that G2 Digital will be returning to Amsterdam for our second year running as an exhibitor! We had such a fantastic time at the world’s largest AV systems integration show in February that we couldn’t wait to get started on our plans for ISE 2020. As of May 2019, we were also proud to become a member of CEDIA, one of the leading associations for the global audio-visual market, and a co-owner of ISE.

    What to expect

    We’re dialling things up to eleven this year, with an even bigger stand than before in one of the most popular halls at the four-day show. Located in Hall 15 on Stand S282, we’ll be exhibiting among some of the most well-known and respected names in the industry, including technology giant, Google.

    Accompanied once again by our growing range of compact and rack mount PCs, we’ll be giving you the chance to take a rare look ‘under the hood’ of our innovation and gain a better understanding of the build and design process that goes into creating our products. We’re also really looking forward to demoing the impressive high-end graphics capabilities of our brand-new 3U PC for the first time live on the stand. What we’re most excited about, however, is seeing you get better acquainted with our Intel-based Power over Ethernet (PoE) products, the 1U Intel NUC, Fanless NUC, and Bantam. Get ready to discover exactly why PoE is the perfect solution for PC installation.

    ISE just gets better

    Host to 1,300 exhibitors and over 81,000 visitors in 2019, we have no doubt that ISE 2020 will be the biggest and best event to date. We’re thrilled to be heading back to the RAI Amsterdam and can’t wait to show off what our incredible line-up of PCs can do. Registration for the event is now open, so if you would like to join us from 11th – 14th February 2020, contact us and we’ll share our unique code with you to register for free as a G2 guest!

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Our new 3U PC is purpose-built for PCIe expansion

    Updated 30/09/2019

    After our announcement back in July that the new 3U PC was on its way, we can officially confirm that it is now available to purchase. We’re thrilled to finally welcome the unit into our product family, where it has taken its rightful place as the first of our 3U units.

    The perfect PC for PCI expansion

    3U PC 3 Dual PCIeWe’ve designed the 3U PC to be as versatile as possible, meaning it’s ideal for PCIe expansion. And because our units are used for all kinds of different applications across various industries, we’ve allowed for even greater flexibility by offering two variants of the unit, with horizontal and vertical PCIe slots respectively. This makes it so much easier to enjoy the benefit of multiple graphics (GFX) cards inside a single rack mount PC.

    Our horizontal model rises the PCI card through 90 degrees, enabling 2x consumer GFX cards 3U Redundant PSU 7 PCIto fit comfortably into the machine thanks to 5x full height single bays. Importantly, any GFX cards with power connectors built into the top edge, like NVIDIA GTX, can be used without compromising on the height of the unit – something which is typically difficult to achieve in 19” Rack units. By comparison, the vertical model of the 3U PC offers 7x full height single bays, allowing up to 3x professional GPUs to be fitted, whether Quadro or AMD.

    Here’s what you can expect from our latest PC:

    • 448(W)x457(D)x133(H)mm
    • 2x 3.5″ or up to 6x 2.5″ hot swappable SSD/HDD bays
    • Up to 7x PCIe x16 slots
    • Dual Socket AMD EPYC or Intel Xeon CPU Support
    • Rubber mounted internal cooling fan(s)
    • Optional 800W Redundant Power Supply
    • Optional water-cooling functionality

    Get it while it’s hot!

    We can’t wait to show you what our 3U PC can do. It’s got a load of PCIe potential to look forward to, so if you would like to find out how you can make the most out of your graphics cards by getting your hands on the new unit, get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

    AMD’s 3900X CPU sets a new standard for performance

    Updated 24/09/2019

    Titan chipmaker AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen 9 3900X processor has got us very excited indeed. Since its official release on 24th July, the fast and furious CPU has already proven incredibly popular – so much so, in fact, that the overwhelming demand has meant that AMD is currently experiencing a chip shortage. It’s no wonder too – AMD is claiming that the 3900X is the world’s most advanced processor, with more speed, memory, and bandwidth than its predecessors, which is why we can’t wait to get it into our PCs.

    A powerful processor straight out of the box

    The 7nm desktop CPU is part of AMD’s Zen 2 architecture, and boasts 12 cores and 24 threads, seemingly leaps and bounds ahead of Intel’s flagship i9-9900K, which is still using a 14nm process and has 8 cores and 16 threads by comparison. And although the Ryzen 3900X’s boost clock speed is only 4.6GHz, a whole 0.4GHz less than the Intel chip, it seems that this isn’t a massive loss, as its performance is hugely impressive regardless.

    The revolutionary Ryzen chip promises some seriously awesome specs:

    • 12 cores, 24 threads
    • 4.6GHz Boost Clock
    • 3.8GHz Base Clock
    • 64MB L3 cache
    • 105W TDP
    • PCIe Gen 4 support

    The CPU that can handle anything you throw at it

    Thanks to its exceptional multi-core performance, the 3900X seamlessly handles multitasking, making it the ideal chip for demanding media applications such as video production that require a powerful, high-performing processor. It even works better when it’s working harder, needing less power when running intensive tasks than the i9-9900K. It does, though, typically consume more when left to its own devices.

    Coming to G2 products soon

    We’re hoping to see stock restraints for the Ryzen 3900X subside by the 1st week of October, so are very much looking forward to seeing what they can do when paired with our line-up of Rack and Mini PCs. If you would like to find out more about how you can get your hands on AMD’s exciting 3rd gen chip within our machines, please get in touch with the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • AV Awards Finalist

    AV Awards finalist for the second year running!

    Updated 14/08/2019

    We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the AV Awards 2019’s coveted Manufacturer of the Year award! This is our second year running as a finalist, after our 2U Nano was a contender for Production Product of the Year in 2018. It’s brilliant to once again be recognised for the innovation, dedication, and ingenuity that goes into creating our PCs, especially when the other ‘shortlisters’ are such esteemed names in the industry.

    G2 at Judging Day

    For the very first time this year, our submission involved more than a written account of what we do and how we do it. In addition to this, we were selected from more than 70 entries in our category and invited to attend a Judging Day in Canary Wharf. Here, our Managing Director, Chris Hollidge was asked to give a presentation and further demonstrate our credentials as a worthy winner, taking questions from a panel of industry experts along the way. His efforts must have impressed as we’re now one of ten finalists in the running for Manufacturer of the Year.

    It would mean the world to win

    It’s a massive honour for us to simply be shortlisted for this award, particularly in a category with such outstanding nominees, and if we were to win it would be an incredible achievement. We’re really looking forward to the awards night itself, which will take place at Battersea Evolution in London this November, and cannot wait to toast the winner regardless of who takes away the trophy. Best of luck to all finalists – we’re elated to join you!

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • 3U PC front

    Get ready to meet our brand-new unit: the 3U PC

    Updated 09/07/2019

    We’re excited to officially reveal that we have a brand-new rackmount unit in the works – the 3U PC. The very first 3U computer to join our ever-expanding line-up of Mini and Rack PCs, we’ve created the 3U PC in response to an increasing demand for multi GPU configurations.

    Why are multiple GPU slots so hard to come by?

    The fundamental issue with consumer grade GPUs, while cost effective, is that they come built with power connectors on their top edge. This means they are generally very tall, and difficult to fit into more compact, space-sensitive PCs, restricting the number of graphics cards that can be deployed in a single unit. By comparison, the power connectors on ‘professional’ cards can be found on the back of the GPU rather than the top edge, thereby only affecting case depth, which is a much easier challenge to negotiate.

    Enter the 3U PC

    Our new 3U PC was designed to alleviate the issues associated with multiple GPU slots. As the need for PCs with a smaller height but sufficient room for more expansion cards continues to grow, our 3U case allows professional GPUs to be mounted vertically, making it possible for customers to add several to their unit.

    Available in two variants, the 3U PC takes both pro and consumer cards into consideration. The first variant will offer 7x full height single bays able to fit up to 3x dual-width NVIDIA RTX or AMD professional graphics cards. The second variant rises the bays through 90 degrees, offering 5x full height single bays able to fit up to 2x dual-width NVIDIA RTX/GTX consumer graphics cards.

    3U PC rear alternate variant3U PC rear variant

    But that’s not all there is to get excited about – the 3U PC is bursting with other brilliant features:

    • 425(W) x 547(D) x 133(H) mm
    • 4x 3.5” or 8x 2.5” hot swap bays
    • Dual Socket AMD EPYC or Intel Xeon CPU Support
    • Water-cooling functionality (optional)
    • Redundant power supply (optional)
    • DVD/Blu-ray Bay (Optional)

    Proving three’s not a crowd

    We can confirm that the 3U PC has now been fully designed and is currently awaiting initial production samples, but we don’t anticipate it’ll be very long before the new unit joins our family of compact and rackmount PCs. We anticipate availability in around 5 weeks’ time, so watch this space for any updates on how you can get your hands on one.

    If you would like to learn more about the 3U PC, or any of our other products, please get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Intel i9-9900KS

    Meet Intel’s powerhouse processor, the i9-9900KS

    Updated 02/07/2019

    Officially announced at Computex 2019, Intel recently unveiled its latest 9th gen processor, the i9-9900KS, and boy, is it a powerhouse. The new chip’s capabilities are already blowing its impressive predecessor, the i9-9900K, out of the water, given the fact that it’s optimised to run every one of its 8 cores at a Turbo frequency of 5GHz straight out of the box. By comparison, Intel’s current flagship i9-9900K can only hit 5GHz on a single core with a Turbo speed that’s a whole 300MHz slower.

    What’s the difference?

    Beyond the startling ability to achieve 5GHz all-core Turbo, with claims that this speed can be reached consistently in any scenario, there isn’t an overwhelming difference between the i9-9900KS and the i9-9900K. A “special edition” variant, the i9-9900KS is set to deliver 5GHz during both single and multi-core workloads, and has a base frequency of 4GHz in contrast to the i9-9900K’s 3.6GHz, but still uses a 14nm++ process as well as the same silicon, only better binned. Maintaining both 16MB of L3 cache and UHD 630 graphics, the new CPU is also ready for the same motherboards as its older cousin, but does include a small firmware update.

    Still speculating

    Intel surprisingly didn’t offer much more information at Computex than had already been previously revealed about the i9-9900KS. We’re still yet to know a definitive price point or its thermal design power (TDP), although based on the performance and power consumption of the i9-9900K, we’re pretty certain that the chip will get seriously hot and require a lot of power. Following our successful implementation of water-cooling functionality in a recent customer project that involved overclocking the i9-9900K, we anticipate that similar measures will need to be employed to ensure the i9-9900KS doesn’t cause your machine to overheat.

    The i9-9900KS is due to launch in Q4 of this year, so we should see more information about it emerging over the next few months. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the CPU or when this will become available in our line-up of products, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • CEDIA member

    G2 Digital is now an official CEDIA member!

    Updated 21/05/2019

    Following our successful debut as an exhibitor at Integrated Systems Europe back in February, we’re now thrilled to confirm that we will be returning to Amsterdam for a second year, and this time as an official member of CEDIA, one of the event’s main sponsors.

    Our CEDIA membership

    With almost 3700 member companies worldwide, CEDIA is the leading global authority for the home technology industry. Becoming a CEDIA member is a great accolade for G2, recognising the specialised rackmounted products we manufacture for residential solutions. From control PCs used for access points or even media servers in bigger properties that augment entertainment systems and lighting displays, we have a comprehensive line-up of technology solutions for use in the home.

    Excited for the future

    As an official CEDIA Trade Supplier Member, we enjoy a wealth of benefits that will no doubt have advantages for our customers in the long run. We’re already very excited for our second appearance at ISE, and with CEDIA’s support behind us are now looking to take our presence at next year’s show to the next level. “We’re proud to have gained CEDIA membership in readiness for ISE 2020,” commented our MD, Chris Hollidge. “Being a member of such a well-respected community is a fantastic acknowledgment of our growing residential business and how we’re helping our customers benefit from home technology.”

    To find out more about what our CEDIA membership means or to learn more about our plans for ISE 2020, get in touch with one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News