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Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.1GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.1GHz 8GB Jan 2015
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Patented tri-channel cooling with just 3 system fans as opposed to 10 that other workstations typically rely on and a direct cooling air baffle directs fresh air into the CPU and memory.... More
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20 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released more than a year ago only have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 770GB. The Thinkstation P500 has one of the biggest max internal memory supported processors (768 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec personal computers of this age.

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Very Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast max memory bandwidth supported processor (59 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500. The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 is 30GB/s.

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Lenovo Has Good PC Reviews

Lenovo medium processor core personal computers have good ratings on average and across all desktop computers Lenovo is one of the better rated brands.

Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

Across all the comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 the total storage capacity range from 4GB to 3.6TB, and the average total storage capacity is 840GB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released one year ago.

Desktop computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the Asus G20AJ[plb_2976890_price] (1TB).

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

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many PCs of this type and age.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This desktop computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is the most frequently found EPEAT compliance on personal computers of this type and age.

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Ten 2.5" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a ten 2.5" bay desktop computer.

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Two PCI Express X16 Slots

The Thinkstation P500 is a two PCI Express x16 slot PC. Most of the other comparable spec personal computers that have been around for more than a year only have one PCI Express x16 slot.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 only have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 786,432 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the biggest maximum internal memory amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Across all the PCs that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 790GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 75GB.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a newer internal memory type than most computers that have been available for around the same time as it. This desktop computer has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most desktop computers of a similar spec and age to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This personal computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is actually the best internal memory type across all PCs of this age and type.

The worst internal memory type amongst similar types of personal computer is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Fairly Fast Memory Clock Speed

At 2,133 megahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast memory clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than a year. Medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 2,400MHz.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Four 3.5" Bays

Most medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between one and six 3.5" bays, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has four 3.5" bays.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of similar spec desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 is 33GB. The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a very big maximum internal memory (128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500.

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Very Big Processor Cache

At 10 megabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a very big processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that were launched more than a year ago. The average processor cache of medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 is 6.6MB.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of memory slots than most PCs of this spec and age. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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5 Reasons Against

Only One Graphics Adapter DisplayPort

Most comparable spec computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between one and three graphics adapter DisplayPorts, including the Thinkstation P500 which has one graphics adapter DisplayPort.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

If the storage speed of this desktop computer is too slow for you then you might want to consider the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini[plb_3078512_price] (SSD).

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Only One PCI Express X1 Slot

Most desktop computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and two PCI Express x1 slots, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has one PCI Express x1 slot.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a four processor thread PC.

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Heavy

Computers of this age and type have weights of between 38g and 100kg, and the average weight is 7.5kg. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked the weight of, the Thinkstation P500's weight of 22.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over a Year Ago

Lenovo released the Thinkstation P500 over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Thinkstation P500 has a relatively typical processor clock speed (3.1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500.

Personal computers with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Asus M52AD[plb_3102529_price] (3.2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a pretty standard hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500.

If this desktop computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the DELL 8900[plb_3251718_price] (2TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

If you would prefer a computer with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire XC-705[plb_3121374_price] (10GB), or the HP 810-477na[plb_3402544_price] (12GB).

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Specification

Features
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
Processor That Supports ECC
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
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
Error Checking and Correcting (ECC)
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
RAID Level
RAID File Storage
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Operating System/software
Operating System
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Serial Port
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
PS/2 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
PCI Slot
PCI Express X16 Slot
PCI Express X4 Slot
PCI Express X1 Slot
Design
Chassis Type
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
2.5" Bay
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Idle States
OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Display
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Technical Details
Management Features

2 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(5)
24 April 2015

IBM farmed off its server brands to Lenovo last year, but thankfully it's been business as usual in terms of quality.The ThinkStation P500 is evidence of this, rivalled only by the HP Z640 for... Read more…

Above average performance
Stays cool under heavy workloads
Excellent buildquality
Cable Management could be improved
Not the most quiet
5 March 2015

The cornerstone of the single-socket P500 is Intel's Xeon E5-1630 v3 CPU. A version of Intel's Haswell-E microarchitecture, the E5-1630 v3 SKU (or item number) delivers modestly more performance... Read more…

27 February 2015

P500 seems to meet most workstation demands, whilst embracing the new X99 platform happily. The 20011-E haswell processor is capable of handling most heavy-duty media encoding and advanced CAD...

Reviewstudio.net

30 January 2015

After running the P500 through our tests, we found it to be very capable for a system at this price point...

Tweaktown.com

25 August 2010

Big computers generally mean big performance, but does a PC need to be imposing in order to blitz through the benchmarks? Lenovo?s ThinkStation C20 is the baby of the range when it comes to... Read more…

User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 1 December 2015 by Jeffbx
Jeffbx would recommend the Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Tower

This is a truly remarkable machine. Ridiculously fast, highly customizable, quiet, flexible... I'd easily recommend this to any power user...

Reviewed 27 November 2015 by Skydoyle
Skydoyle would recommend the Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Tower

After buying and returning 2 desktops, 3rd time was a charm after buying this product..but I had to uninstall mcafee to get the best performance...

Reviewed 29 May 2015 by Circuits

I bought this Lenovo as an engineering workstation. The CAD software required specific video cards and this unit had what I needed. This is one of the quietest workstations in the office and it... Read more…

Reviewed 6 October 2014 by Anonymous

Battery went bad one month after 1 yr warrenty. Also had to have dvd drive replaced...

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 30a7, lenovo 30a7000, lenovo 30a7000f, lenovo e51650v3, lenovo 30a7000fu, lenovo 30a7000fuk
Barcodes 00888965301826, 00889233883273

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