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Lenovo Thinkstation P500
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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.1GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.1GHz 4GB Sep 2014
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ThinkStation P500 delivers power and flexibility with more I/O slots and the highest storage capacity in the industry for a 1P workstation. Certified for all major ISV applications; perfect for... More
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18 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on personal computers of a similar spec and age to it.

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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 desktop computer. Most of the other PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a very big max internal memory supported processor (768 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs of a similar spec and age to the Thinkstation P500. The max internal memory supported processors of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 range from 2GB to 770GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 88GB.

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Fairly Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

At 59 gigabytes per second, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and spec. The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 is 10GB/s, the fastest is 68GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s.

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Lenovo Personal Computers Have Good Reviews

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

3 PCI Express Slots Version

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

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port PC. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight 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 a similar age and type to it.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Thinkstation P500 has a newer internal memory type than most PCs of this spec and age. This computer has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most PCs that were released around the same time as it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This desktop computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is in fact the best internal memory type across all PCs of a comparable age and type to the Thinkstation P500.

The worst internal memory type across comparable types of desktop computer is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the PCs that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the maximum internal memory range from 8.1GB to 790GB. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 that we have assessed the maximum internal memory of, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500's maximum internal memory of 786,432 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

Similar spec computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. When compared to other similar spec computers that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the Thinkstation P500's memory clock speed of 2,133 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 128 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500's maximum internal memory is one of the biggest amongst desktop computers that came out around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. Similar spec computers that were released more than two years ago have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB.

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Four 3.5" Bays

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight 3.5" bays, including the Thinkstation P500 which has four 3.5" bays.

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Two 5.25" Bays

Most PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and two 5.25" bays, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has two 5.25" bays.

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Very Big Processor Cache

The Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger processor caches (10 megabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The smallest processor cache of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than two years is 0.51MB and the biggest is 10MB.

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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. Most of the other personal computers of a comparable spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is more than most medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently 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 desktop computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The number of placements supported by the Thinkstation P500 is more than most PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. This personal computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by medium processor core personal computers that came out more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many comparable spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago. 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 Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of desktop computers of this type and age range from 2GB to 64GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Thinkstation P500 which has four USB 2.0 ports.

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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 personal computer.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a four processor thread personal computer.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for more than two years that we have checked, the Thinkstation P500's weight of 22.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. The average weight of medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 is 8.2kg, and the weights range from 250g to 24kg.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Lenovo released the Thinkstation P500.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.1 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other desktop computers of this age and type.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a relatively standard hard drive capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs of this type and age.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
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
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
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
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Software
Operating System Installed
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 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slots
PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Performance
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® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
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
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 30a7000, lenovo 30a7000m, lenovo 30a7000mu, lenovo 30a7000mus
Barcodes 00888965291264, 00888965292001, 00888965296313, 00888965296542, 00888965296627, 00889233669303, 08889652963138, 08889652966276
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