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Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Lenovo Thinkstation P500 8 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3GHz 8GB 128GB SSD

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8 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3GHz 8GB Jul 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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9 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on many processor core personal computers that have been available for more than a year.

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

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port PC.

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Quite Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

At 68 gigabytes per second, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500. Many processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have max memory bandwidth supported processor of between 51GB/s and 68GB/s.

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Lenovo Has Good Desktop Computer Reviews

PCs produced by Lenovo are some of the better PCs according to average expert and user reviews.

SSD 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 in fact the best storage speed amongst all desktop computers of a similar age and type to the Thinkstation P500.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage speed across similar types of computer.

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Quite Fast Memory Clock Speed

The Thinkstation P500 has one of the faster memory clock speeds (2,133 megahertz) amongst PCs of this age. Across all the many processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 2,000MHz.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Thinkstation P500 has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than most many processor core personal computers that have been available for more than a year. Most computers that have been around for a comparable time 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 desktop computers of this age and type.

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

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port computer. Most of the other many processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between four and eight USB 3.0 ports.

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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 personal computer. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this Lenovo PC.

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8 Reasons Against

Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 128 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a very small total storage capacity compared to most of the other desktop computers that were launched more than a year ago. Across all the computers of a similar spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 2.3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB.

Personal computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo P700 (£1,599.97) (256GB), or the Fujitsu R940 (256GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly small internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. The smallest internal memory of computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 is 8GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average internal memory is 24GB.

There are a number of alternative 8GB memory PCs currently available that you might also want to consider including the HP Z420, or the Lenovo P700 (£1,599.97) which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a computer with a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Fujitsu R940 (16GB) which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

At only 128 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly small solid-state drive capacity compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. Personal computers that were released one year ago have solid-state drive capacities of between 120GB and 1TB.

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Only One CPU Configuration (max)

Most computers that came out around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 take one CPU configuration (max), including the Thinkstation P500 which takes one CPU configuration (max).

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a four USB 2.0 port PC.

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Only One Discrete Graphics Adapter

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a one discrete graphics adapter PC.

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Only One Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port

Most many processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have one Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) port, including the Thinkstation P500 which has one Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) port.

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Heavy

With a weight of 22.2 kilograms, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is one of the heavier personal computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 amongst comparable spec computers of this age. The average weight of personal computers of this age and type is 11kg, and the weights range from 5kg to 30kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over a Year Ago

This desktop computer was released over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a pretty typical processor clock speed (3 gigahertz) compared to most of the other PCs of this age and type.

Personal computers with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth looking at include the HP Z420 (3.2GHz), or the DELL Precision T5810 (3.5GHz) which is also higher rated.

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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 File Storage
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
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 (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
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
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 Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
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
Display Included
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...

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