Difference Between the GeoVision GV-Tower NVR and our Custom Cube NVR

This customer from Algeria inquired about our DW (Digital Watchdog) Cube NVR. He admitted not knowing anything about the unit, and gave us the specs his project recommended, which turned out to be for the GV-Tower NVR. Here is the GeoVision GV-Tower NVR.

This particular customer requested a system that could handle between 32-48 IP cameras. Not knowing any other details about what kind of cameras he has or what kind of recording and viewing settings his organization will be using, I recommended the Milestone XProtect Express software, or the Digital Watchdog Spectrum software, installed on an eDigitalDeals custom Cube NVR, since that seemed to be his preferred form factor. I also recommended 16GB RAM with SSD hard drive and a dedicated video card, as well as Dual Gigabit-NIC cards. He did not know anything about either VMS (video management software), so I gave him links to both websites so that he could compare the software and download it and make a decision for himself.

He then asked what the difference was between the GV-Tower NVR and our hardware. This is what I replied. A copy of the first page of his quote is detailed here:

Custom Cube NVR quote.

Here was my response to his question:

We can also build a 4U rack mount unit with removable hard drive bays and optional RAID and optional Redundant Power, as well as nearly any other option you can think of.

The difference in hardware between the two systems is as follows:
– Ours has a quad-core i7 CPU; theirs has a dual-core i3.
– Our cube has a high-performance Intel SSD with 5-year warranty (120GB for DW, or 180GB for Milestone). They offer either a 16GB or 32GB DOM, for their i3 and i5, respectively.
– Our cube is too small to have any removable drive bays. We would have to use either a 2U or 4U rack mount chassis to give you this option.
– Our cube is very compact. It is not designed to accommodate more than a couple hard drives. The exact hardware configuration of the cube is: 1 PCI-E x16, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 x 5.25″, 2 x 3.5″, 4 x SATA3, HDMI/DVI (on-board), 300w Power, USB 3.0, eSATA. We can also install an mSATA SSD drive for the OS, and replace the internal DVD burner with an external burner to accommodate up to three internal hard drives, each with a current maximum of 12TB (4TB x 3 drives). We expect that the 5TB and 6TB will be compatible in early 2015.
– Ours has the capability for external storage via USB 3.0 or eSATA. Theirs does not have either of those options.
– Our system has 16GB of Kingston RAM with lifetime warranty. Theirs has 4GB with 3-year warranty.
– Our cube has a dedicated video card with 1GB memory and your option of two simultaneous outputs: VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Theirs only has VGA and HDMI, and I am unsure of their dual-monitor capabilities.

Conclusion: Our CPU can handle 32+ cameras; theirs may not. We offer 4x the RAM, SSD OS drive, more video outputs, faster external storage, etc.

If you or someone you know would like a custom DVR, NVR, or Hybrid DVR quote for your home or business, and to take advantage of our free pixel density reports, please email me at [email protected], or call me toll-free at 1-877-DEALS-79 (310-370-9500 x1.)

by Raymond Shadman, President


Raymond Shadman2014-10-01