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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 256GB SSD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB Aug 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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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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

Most of the other computers that were released more than a year ago only have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, however the Thinkstation P500 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 medium processor core PCs that have been available for more than a year, the max memory bandwidth supported processor of the Thinkstation P500 of 68 gigabytes per second is one of the fastest. The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core PCs that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 is 29GB/s.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

With a max internal memory supported processor of 768 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the biggest max internal memory supported processors amongst medium processor core PCs of this age. Across all the comparable spec personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 770GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 64GB.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory capacities amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age. The average discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 2TB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 1GB to 8.2TB.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500. The average processor clock speed of PCs that were released one year ago is 3.1GHz.

If this Lenovo PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the Alienware X51[plb_2790614_price] (4GHz and cheaper).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Thinkstation P500 has a faster storage speed than most similar spec computers that have been available for more than a year. This personal computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most personal computers of a similar spec and 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 computers of a similar type and age to the Thinkstation P500.

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

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Lenovo Has Good Computer Reviews

On average Lenovo medium processor core PCs have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all computers built by Lenovo.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is the most commonly found EPEAT compliance on desktop computers of this age and spec.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other computers of a comparable age and type to the Thinkstation P500 only have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports.

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

This desktop computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most commonly found cabling technology on personal computers of this age and type.

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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 medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to it.

A DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type is in fact the best internal memory type amongst all desktop computers that were launched more than a year ago.

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

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of computers of this spec and age range from 2GB to 520GB. At 512 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and type.

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Fairly Fast Memory Clock Speed

The Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast memory clock speed (2,133 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that came out more than a year ago. The average memory clock speed of medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 is 1,700MHz, and the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 2,400MHz.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many computers of this age and spec.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

Desktop computers of a similar type and age to the Thinkstation P500 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 790GB. At 786,432 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other PCs of this type and age.

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Two PCI Express X16 Slots

Most of the other medium processor core PCs that were released more than a year ago only have one PCI Express x16 slot, however the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has two PCI Express x16 slots.

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Four 3.5" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a four 3.5" bay PC.

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Very Big Processor Cache

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a very big processor cache (10 megabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that came out more than a year ago. The processor caches of medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 range from 2MB to 10MB.

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Eight Processor Threads

Most of the other computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 only have between four and seven processor threads, however the Thinkstation P500 has eight processor threads.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At 4,096 megabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar spec and age to the Thinkstation P500. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 is 4.9MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2.9GB.

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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 number of memory slots found on the Thinkstation P500 is more than most personal computers of this age and type. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this computer. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of placements than most medium processor core PCs that have been available for more than a year. This personal computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by PCs of this age and type.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This personal computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many computers of this type and age.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the personal computers of this type and age the total storage capacity range from 4GB to 3.6TB. At only 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500.

If you would prefer a computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73[plb_2876853_price] (500GB and higher rated) or the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF[plb_3097970_price] (500GB and cheaper).

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

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a one PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slot PC.

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Only One PCI Express X4 (Gen 3.x) Slot

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a one PCI Express x4 (Gen 3.x) slot computer.

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Heavy

When compared to other computers of a comparable spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked, the Thinkstation P500's weight of 22.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The weights of desktop computers that came out around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 range from 38g to 100kg, and the average weight is 7.7kg.

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1 Other reason to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Average Internal Memory

The Thinkstation P500 has a relatively typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB memory PCs currently available including a cheaper PC such as the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 SFF[plb_2366941_price] or you might consider a higher rated PC such as the Alienware X51[plb_2501844_price].

Desktop computers with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Alienware X51[plb_2790614_price] (16GB), or the DELL 8900[plb_3061374_price] (24GB) which is also cheaper.

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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
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
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
RAID Level
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Hard Drive Speed
Storage Drive Installed
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
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
Ports & Interfaces
Serial Port
Headphone Out 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 X16 Slot
PCI Express X4 (Gen 3.x) Slot
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slot
PCI Express X4 Slot
PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slot
PCI Express X1 Slot
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Cable Lock Slot Type
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio System
Compatible Processor Series
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Idle States
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Instruction Set
Processor Code
Scalability
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
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
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Packaging Content
Display Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

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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