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

4 Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz 8GB Jul 2014
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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on desktop computers that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The Lenovo S30 has a fairly fast max memory bandwidth supported processor (59.7 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other PCs of this type and age. The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of PCs that came out around the same time as the S30 is 10GB/s, the fastest is 68GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s.

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Quite Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

At 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo S30 has a quite big max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other computers of a comparable age and spec to the S30. Medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the S30 have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 770GB.

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Lenovo Has Good Computer Reviews

Lenovo is one of the better rated desktop computer brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Lenovo also has good reviews for its medium processor core personal computers.

Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speed of the Lenovo S30 of 3.7 gigahertz is one of the fastest amongst PCs of a similar age and spec to the S30. Across all the PCs of a comparable age and type to the S30 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 4.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many computers of a comparable age and spec to it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago, the Lenovo S30's maximum internal memory of 256 gigabytes is one of the biggest. PCs that were released more than two years ago have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 32GB.

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

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

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Ten USB 2.0 Ports

Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the S30 only have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, however the Lenovo S30 has ten USB 2.0 ports.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This desktop computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is the most commonly found EPEAT compliance on medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Three PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

The Lenovo S30 has more PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots than most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S30. This PC is a three PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slot desktop computer compared to most of the PCs of this spec and age which only have between one and two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots.

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Very Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 10 megabytes, the Lenovo S30 has one of the biggest processor caches amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Across all the computers of this spec and age the processor caches range from 0.51MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Lenovo S30 has a greater number of memory slots than most medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this Lenovo computer.

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6 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

The average memory clock speed supported by processor of similar spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago is 1,300MHz. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the S30 that we have checked, the memory clock speed supported by processor of the Lenovo S30 of only 800 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Lenovo S30 is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for more than two years. 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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Only One 5.25" Bay

The Lenovo S30 is a one 5.25" bay personal computer.

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Very Heavy

The average weight of comparable spec computers that were released around the same time as the S30 is 8.2kg, and the weights range from 250g to 24kg. The Lenovo S30 is one of the heaviest PCs that were released more than two years ago (17.5 kilograms) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Tall

The average height of medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the S30 is 280mm. When compared to other similar spec desktop computers that are a comparable age to the S30, the Lenovo S30's height of 478 millimeters is one of the tallest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo S30

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Lenovo released the S30.

Average Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo S30 has a pretty average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo S30 has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other computers of this type and age.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo S30 has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that are a comparable age to the S30.

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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
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
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Software
Operating System Installed
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Wi-Fi
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
DisplayPorts 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 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
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 Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel FDI Technology
Idle States
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
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
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
Manual
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

Expert Reviews

(2)
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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