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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 6 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 1.1TB HDD+SSD

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6 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB Apr 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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10 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This desktop computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many many processor cores desktop computers that have been around for more than a year.

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

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has more USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys than most of the similar spec computers that were launched more than a year ago. Most of the personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 only have between two and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys, however this computer has eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Fairly Fast Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

The average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of many processor cores desktop computers that have been on the market for more than a year is 63GB/s. With a memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of 68 gigabytes per second, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500.

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Fairly Fast Processor Frequency

At 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast processor frequency compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500. Many processor cores desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have processor frequencys of between 1.6GHz and 3.5GHz, and the average processor frequency is 3GHz.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger total storage capacitys (1,128 gigabyte) amongst many processor cores desktop computers of this age. The average total storage capacity of comparable spec personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 860GB, and the total storage capacitys range from 120GB to 2.3TB.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Alienware Area 51[plb_2790644_price] (2.1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Lenovo Desktop Computers Have Good Reviews

Lenovo is one of the better rated desktop computer brands according to average owner and expert review score data that we have collected for all PCs.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

This PC has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, which is typical of many desktop computers of this type and age.

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Two Number of 5.25" Bayss

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a two number of 5.25" bays personal computer.

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Quite Fast Processor Boost Frequency

With a processor boost frequency of 3.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast processor boost frequency compared to most of the other computers of this age and type. The average processor boost frequency of many processor cores desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 is 3.5GHz, and the processor boost frequencys range from 2.6GHz to 3.9GHz.

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Has One Memory Slots

The number of memory slots found on the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is more than most computers that were launched around the same time as it. This desktop computer has an 8x DIMM memory slots, which is the most commonly found memory slots found on many processor cores desktop computers that came out more than a year ago.

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4 Reasons Against

Very Small Internal Memory

At only 8 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers of this spec and age. The smallest internal memory of computers of a similar spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 is 4GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average internal memory is 16GB.

If you would prefer a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Apple ME253[plb_3040912_price] (12GB).

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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 computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500. The smallest solid-state drive capacity of many processor cores desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 is 120GB and the biggest is 1TB.

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Only One Number of Storage Drives Installed

The Thinkstation P500 is a one number of storage drives installed personal computer.

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Heavy

With a weight of 22.2 kilograms, the Thinkstation P500 is one of the heavier comparable spec desktop computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age. Personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have weights of between 5kg and 30kg, and the average weight is 17kg.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over a Year Ago

This desktop computer was released over a year ago.

Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other computers of this type and age.

If you want a bigger hard drive capacity then you might want to look at the Alienware Area 51[plb_2790644_price] (2TB and higher rated).

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HDD Storage Media

The Thinkstation P500 has an HDD storage media which is faster than the SSD storage media found on most personal computers of this spec and age. 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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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
ECC
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
RAID Levels
RAID Support
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Optical Drives Quantity
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Graphics Adapter DVI-I Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DVI Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts Quantity
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Software
Operating System Installed
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
Serial Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
Line-Out
Line-in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
PS/2 Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Expansion Slots
PCI Slots
PCI Express X16 Slots
PCI Express X4 Slots
PCI Express X1 Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
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 Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Display Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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