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Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 4GB Sep 2014
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ThinkStation P500 delivers power and flexibility with more I/O slots and the highest storage capacity in the industry for a 1P workstation. Certified for all major ISV applications; perfect for... More
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20 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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

Most computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

When compared to other PCs that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked the max memory bandwidth supported processor of, the Thinkstation P500's max memory bandwidth supported processor of 68 gigabytes per second is one of the fastest. The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of desktop computers of this spec and age is 10GB/s, the fastest is 68GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

When compared to other personal computers that were released more than two years ago, the Thinkstation P500's max internal memory supported processor of 768 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 770GB.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Personal Computers

Medium processor core personal computers produced by Lenovo have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all personal computers (not just medium processor core personal computers) and found that Lenovo also has good reviews across its entire range.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast processor clock speed (3.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 4.1GHz.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port PC. Most of the other similar spec computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports.

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

This personal computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to it.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than most comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most computers of a comparable type and age to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This personal computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is in fact the best internal memory type across all similar spec desktop computers that have been available for more than two years.

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

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 is 96GB. At 786,432 megabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast Memory Clock Speed

Across all the desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. At 2,133 megahertz, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast memory clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on desktop computers of this age and type.

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Four 3.5" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a four 3.5" bay desktop computer. Most of the other PCs that were launched more than two years ago have between one and eight 3.5" bays.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of desktop computers that have been on the market for more than two years is 2GB, the biggest is 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 32GB. With a maximum internal memory of 128 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500's maximum internal memory is one of the biggest amongst personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500.

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Two 5.25" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a two 5.25" bay PC.

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Very Big Processor Cache

Across all the computers of this spec and age the processor caches range from 0.51MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB. With a processor cache of 10 megabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger processor caches amongst personal computers of this age.

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Eight Processor Threads

Most of the other personal computers of a comparable type and age to the Thinkstation P500 only have between four and seven processor threads, however the Thinkstation P500 has eight processor threads.

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Two PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

The Thinkstation P500 is a two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slot computer.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of memory slots than most comparable spec computers that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently 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 computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of placements than most medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago. This Lenovo PC supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500.

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5 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on comparable spec PCs 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.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 4 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than two years. The average internal memory of comparable spec computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 is 7.5GB, and the internal memory range from 2GB to 64GB.

If this Lenovo computer internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 SFF (£629.99) (8GB), or the DELL OptiPlex 7020 (£538.10) (8GB).

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports

Most computers that came out more than two years ago have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has four USB 2.0 ports.

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Only One PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slot

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and two PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has one PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slot.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other desktop computers of this spec and age that we have assessed, the weight of the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 of 22.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The weights of desktop computers of this age and spec range from 250g to 24kg.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

Lenovo released the Thinkstation P500 over two years ago.

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a relatively typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500.

If this personal computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Apple Mac Pro (512GB), or the DELL Tower 5810 (£1,555.26) (1TB).

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly standard hard drive capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs of this age and spec.

If you are looking for a computer with a bigger hard drive capacity then you might also want to consider the Fujitsu CELSIUS W530 (£789.97) (1TB).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
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
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
Graphics
Operating System/software
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 (Gen 3.x) Slot
PCI Express X4 (Gen 3.x) Slot
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slot
PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slot
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost 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
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory

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...

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