Products

  • AV Awards 2018 Finalist 2U Nano

    2U Nano is an AV Awards Finalist!

    Updated 01/08/2018

    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 30/07/2018

    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

  • i7 NUC motherboard

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

    Updated 18/06/2018

    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

  • Ryzen

    Ryzen CPUs now available in G2 PCs

    Updated 28/05/2018

    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 21/05/2018

    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 14/05/2018

    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 16/04/2018

    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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