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Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 4GB 240GB SSD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 4GB Nov 2014
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26 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

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

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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 PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of similar spec PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 30GB/s. When compared to other comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 that we have assessed, the Thinkstation P500's max memory bandwidth supported processor of 68 gigabytes per second is one of the fastest.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of desktop computers that were released more than two years ago is 88GB. The max internal memory supported processor of the Thinkstation P500 of 768 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. The average discrete graphics adapter memory of similar spec computers that were released more than two years ago is 2TB.

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Lenovo Has Good PC Reviews

We checked 253 expert and user reviews for Lenovo desktop computers and found that on average Lenovo has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Lenovo has good reviews specifically for its medium processor core personal computers.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 range from 1GHz to 4.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Thinkstation P500 has an SSD storage medium which is faster than most personal computers of a comparable age and spec to it. Most comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to 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.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed across all comparable spec desktop computers that were released more than two years ago.

Across similar types of computer the worst storage speed is HDD.

We compared this computer to all the other SSD computers and we think because of it's better review score, the DELL Precision T1700 SFF[plb_2676603_price] is also worth considering.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This personal computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is the most frequently found EPEAT compliance on PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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Ten 2.5" Bays

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a ten 2.5" bay computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 only have between one and nine 2.5" bays.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

Most medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 ports.

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

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most frequently found cabling technology on PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Thinkstation P500 has a newer internal memory type than most personal computers that came out more than two years ago. This Lenovo desktop computer has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This desktop computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is actually the best internal memory type amongst all computers of this age and type.

A DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type is the worst internal memory type across similar types of desktop computer.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many desktop computers of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

When compared to other PCs that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked, the memory clock speed of the Thinkstation P500 of 2,133 megahertz is one of the fastest. Across all the comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 2,200MHz.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many personal computers of this spec and age.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 786,432 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory amongst similar spec computers of this age. The maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 range from 8.1GB to 790GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 96GB.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 128 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec desktop computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. Medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB.

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Four 3.5" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a four 3.5" bay personal computer. Most of the other personal computers of this age and spec have between one and eight 3.5" bays.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger processor caches (10 megabytes) amongst desktop computers of this age. The smallest processor cache of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 is 0.51MB, the biggest is 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight processor thread personal computer. Most of the other personal computers that were released more than two years ago only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory (4,096 megabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Personal computers of this type and age have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 510MB and 6.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2GB.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is more than most computers of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this PC. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of placements than most personal computers of this age and type. This desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by medium processor core personal computers that came out more than two years ago.

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Has One Cable Included

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of included cables than most personal computers of this age and type. This PC has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than two years.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on personal computers of this age and type.

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3 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The Thinkstation P500 has a fairly small total storage capacity (only 240 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500. The average total storage capacity of similar spec PCs that were released more than two years ago is 710GB.

If you are looking for a computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 SFF[plb_2873106_price] (256GB), or the HP EliteDesk 800 G1[plb_2564215_price] (256GB).

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Very Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 range from 2GB to 64GB. With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

Personal computers with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_2555150_price] (8GB).

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 22.2 kilograms, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500's weight is one of the heaviest amongst similar spec PCs that have been available for more than two years. The weights of similar spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago range from 250g to 24kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
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
Processor Series
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
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
RAID Level
RAID File Storage
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Graphics Adapter DVI Port
Graphics Adapter DisplayPort
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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
DVI Port
USB 3.0 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
Case Placement
2.5" Bay
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
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 Small Business Advantage (SBA)
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
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
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
Manual
Cable Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Technical Details

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...

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00888965299291, 00888965300621, 00888965302052, 04053162523159

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