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Lenovo S30 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

4 Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz 8GB Aug 2014
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ThinkStation S30 is certified to run many key professional independent software vendor (ISV) applications, including Adobe, Dassault, PTC, SolidWorks, Avid, and Siemens. Additionally, S30 includes... More
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17 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of 59.7 gigabytes per second, the Lenovo S30 has one of the faster max memory bandwidth supported processor amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the S30 is 30GB/s, and the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 10GB/s to 68GB/s.

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Fairly Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the S30 is 88GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 770GB. With a max internal memory supported processor of 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo S30 has one of the bigger max internal memory supported processors amongst personal computers of this age.

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Two Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the S30 have between one and three graphics adapter DisplayPorts, including the Lenovo S30 which has two graphics adapter DisplayPorts.

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Lenovo Has Good Desktop Computer Reviews

Lenovo medium processor core personal computers have good reviews on average and across all computers Lenovo is one of the superior brands.

Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the S30 that we have assessed, the Lenovo S30's processor clock speed of 3.7 gigahertz is one of the fastest. The slowest processor clock speed of medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the S30 is 1GHz and the fastest is 4.1GHz.

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

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most commonly found cabling technology on PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years, the Lenovo S30's maximum internal memory of 256 gigabytes is one of the biggest. Desktop computers of this spec and age have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 32GB.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

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

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most commonly found processor cache level on PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many desktop computers of this type and age.

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Eight USB 2.0 Ports

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than two years have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Lenovo S30 which has eight USB 2.0 ports.

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Three PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

The Lenovo S30 is a three PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slot desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the S30 only have between one and two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots.

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Four 3.5" Bays

The Lenovo S30 is a four 3.5" bay desktop computer. Most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and eight 3.5" bays.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of desktop computers of this age and type is 0.51MB, the biggest is 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB. The Lenovo S30 has one of the bigger processor caches (10 megabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Lenovo S30 is more than most computers that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this PC. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Lenovo S30 has a greater number of placements than most medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as it. This computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the S30.

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4 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

When compared to other desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to the S30, the memory clock speed supported by processor of the Lenovo S30 of only 800 megahertz is one of the slowest. The slowest memory clock speed supported by processor of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the S30 is 800MHz and the fastest is 2,200MHz.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage medium on medium processor core personal computers 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 Heavy

The lightest personal computer of this age and spec is 250g heavy, the heaviest is 24kg, and the average weight is 8.2kg. The Lenovo S30 is one of the heaviest PCs that came out more than two years ago (17.5 kilograms) amongst PCs of this age.

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Very Tall

When compared to other personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the S30, the height of the Lenovo S30 of 478 millimeters is one of the tallest. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the S30 the heights range from 19mm to 560mm, and the average height is 280mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo S30

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this PC was released.

Average Hard Drive Capacity

The Lenovo S30 has a relatively average hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other PCs of a similar age and type to the S30.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo S30 has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other desktop computers that are a comparable age to the S30.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo S30 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache Level
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
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
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
Hard Drive Size
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
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter DVI-I Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts Quantity
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Expansion Slots
PCI Slots
PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Idle States
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Scalability
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Packaging Content
Mouse Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

Expert Reviews

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9 September 2012

As I said at the beginning of this review we normally do not cover business related products, but it was interesting to see what Lenovo had in mind for a business PC. And doing some research...

Great performance in the midrange market
Discrete graphics
Hard drives in RAID 0 configuration
Starting price of 899
Strong overall performance
Wire cable management could be better
Not fastest in all processing applications
A bit pricey
23 August 2012

The Lenovo ThinkStation S30 combines solid workstation processing and graphics performance, but is slightly too expensive for the speed you get...

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