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Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Lenovo Thinkstation P500 6 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 240GB SSD

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6 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 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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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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

Most many processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 have between two and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 is 32GB/s, the fastest is 68GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 60GB/s. At 68 gigabytes per second, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other many processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Personal Computers

Computers manufactured by Lenovo are some of the better computers according to average user and expert reviews.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Many processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have processor clock speeds of between 1.6GHz and 3.7GHz. With a processor clock speed of 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of 2,133 megahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a very fast memory clock speed compared to most of the other desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500. Many processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago have memory clock speeds of between 1,300MHz and 2,200MHz.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than the DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type found on most PCs that are a similar age to it.

This personal computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is in fact the best internal memory type across all computers of this spec and age.

Across similar types of personal computer the worst internal memory type is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

Most personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 have between two and eight USB 3.0 ports, including the Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 ports.

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Four 3.5" Bays

Most computers of a comparable age and type to the Thinkstation P500 have between two and five 3.5" bays, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has four 3.5" bays.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of memory slots than most many processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this personal 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 many processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago. This personal computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by personal computers that came out more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of similar spec PCs that came out around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 range from 180GB to 8.3TB. At only 240 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a very small total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of many processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 range from 4GB to 64GB, and the average internal memory is 22GB. The Thinkstation P500 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) amongst PCs of this age.

Desktop computers with a bigger internal memory that might be worth considering include the Apple Mac Pro (12GB).

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Only One CPU Configuration (max)

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a desktop computer that takes one CPUs configuration (max). Most of the other many processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 take one CPU configuration (max).

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Quite Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the smaller solid-state drive capacities (only 240 gigabytes) amongst many processor core personal computers of this age. The average solid-state drive capacity of desktop computers of a comparable type and age to the Thinkstation P500 is 320GB.

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Only Two PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

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

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Only One Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port

The Thinkstation P500 is a one Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) port desktop computer.

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Only 12 Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a 12 processor thread PC. Most of the other many processor core personal computers that have been on the market for more than two years have between 6 and 23 processor threads.

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Very Small Processor Cache

Many processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago have processor caches of between 12MB and 30MB, and the average processor cache is 20MB. At only 15 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite small processor cache compared to most of the other many processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500.

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Heavy

At 22.2 kilograms, the Thinkstation P500 is quite heavy compared to most of the other similar spec desktop computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. Across all the many processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 250g to 30kg, and the average weight is 12kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

This PC has been on the market for over two years.

SSD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is SSD, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that have been around for more than two years. 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.

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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
RAID Level
RAID File Storage
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
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
Graphics & IMC Lithography
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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Barcodes 00888965301123, 00889233975503

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