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Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 SFF

Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 SFF 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 3.1GHz 4GB 180GB SSD

4 Intel Core I5-4xxx 3.1GHz 4GB Nov 2014
Processor Core Processor Family Processor Clock Speed Internal Memory Release Date
The small form factor (SFF) desktop weighs in at 14.55 lbs / 6.6 kg and is designed to fit into tight spaces supporting both horizontal and vertical orientations. The M73 desktop features Intel... More
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9 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many personal computers of a similar age and type to it.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it.

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Lenovo Personal Computers Have Good Reviews

On average Lenovo medium processor core personal computers have good reviews as do all computers built by Lenovo.

SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF has an SSD storage medium which is faster than most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it. Most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

This personal computer's storage speed (SSD) is actually the best storage speed across all medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkCentre M73 SFF.

Across comparable types of personal computer the worst storage speed is HDD.

We compared all the other SSD computers to this personal computer and we think because of it's better review score, the DELL Precision T1700 SFF is also worth considering.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many comparable spec PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many similar spec desktop computers that were launched more than two years ago.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most commonly found cabling technology on similar spec personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This PC has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is typical of many desktop computers that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Narrow

Medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkCentre M73 SFF have widths of between 33mm and 490mm, and the average width is 190mm. At only 101 millimeters, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 SFF is quite narrow compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkCentre M73 SFF.

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11 Reasons Against

Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port personal computer. Most of the other similar spec desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkCentre M73 SFF have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 1,100 megahertz, the ThinkCentre M73 SFF has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkCentre M73 SFF. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of comparable spec computers that were released around the same time as the ThinkCentre M73 SFF is 3,200MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 850MHz to 860,000MHz.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF has a quite small total storage capacity (only 180 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkCentre M73 SFF. The smallest total storage capacity of PCs that were released more than two years ago is 32GB, the biggest is 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB.

Desktop computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the DELL Precision T1700 SFF (256GB and higher rated).

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 SFF has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers of this age and type. Across all the similar spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 2GB to 64GB, and the average internal memory is 7.5GB.

If you are looking for a computer with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the DELL OptiPlex 9020 (£526.80) (8GB).

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the ThinkCentre M73 SFF is more than most computers that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this Lenovo desktop computer.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF is a two USB 3.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the ThinkCentre M73 SFF have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports.

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Only One 5.25" Bay

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF is a one 5.25" bay PC.

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Only One DisplayPort

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF is a one DisplayPort PC.

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Only Four Processor Threads

Most personal computers of this age and type have between four and seven processor threads, including the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 SFF which has four processor threads.

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Only One PCI Express X16 Slot

Most similar spec desktop computers that came out around the same time as the ThinkCentre M73 SFF have between one and two PCI Express x16 slots, including the ThinkCentre M73 SFF which has one PCI Express x16 slot.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3.3 gigahertz, the ThinkCentre M73 SFF has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of comparable spec PCs that came out more than two years ago is 1.3GHz and the fastest is 4.4GHz.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 SFF

Released Over Two Years Ago

This desktop computer has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The ThinkCentre M73 SFF has a pretty typical processor clock speed (3.1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkCentre M73 SFF.

If this personal computer processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the HP ProDesk 600 SFF (3.2GHz).

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Specification

Features
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
QPI Link
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Ergonomics
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Wake-On-LAN Ready
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
DisplayPort
DVI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
PCI Express X16 Slot
PCI Express X1 Slot
Design
Chassis Type
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Intel Segment Tagging
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel FDI Technology
Idle States
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Display
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Technical Details
Management Features

Expert Reviews

(1)
18 January 2006

With a compact form factor, decent pricing, and proven quality, the Lenovo ThinkCentre A51 Ultra Small should easily find a home in offices around the country...

Compact
Shares Ultrabay components (optical and removable hard drives) with ThinkPad line
Hardware security, including biometrics
Easy-to-service components
Internal power supply
Not very expandable
Non-removable palm rest in keyboard
Modest performer
Limited expandability

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 20 January 2015 by Anonymous
Anonymous would recommend the Lenovo ThinkCentre A51

My expirience is for the second time as a choice for myComputers...Love the both of them. Recomendations....For the rest of my days!

Easy To Use
Fast

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