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Lenovo Thinkstation P500
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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 4GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 4GB Feb 2015
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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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22 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many desktop computers of this spec and age.

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

Most desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of computers of this spec and age is 10GB/s and the fastest is 68GB/s. When compared to other PCs that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked, the max memory bandwidth supported processor of the Thinkstation P500 of 68 gigabytes per second is one of the fastest.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The smallest max internal memory supported processor of medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 is 2GB and the biggest is 770GB. The max internal memory supported processor of the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 of 768 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its PCs

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

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Desktop computers of this spec and age have processor clock speeds of between 1GHz and 4.1GHz. At 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of desktop computers of this age and spec range from 320GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 800GB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Comparable spec PCs that have been available for more than two years have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 3TB. The Thinkstation P500 has a quite big total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This personal computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is typical of many comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

Most desktop computers of a similar age and type to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports, including the Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 ports.

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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 desktop computers that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 8.1GB, the biggest is 790GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 96GB. With a maximum internal memory of 786,432 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500's maximum internal memory is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Thinkstation P500 has a newer internal memory type than most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years. This desktop computer has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most computers of a similar type and age to 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 medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years.

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

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

When compared to other computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 that we have assessed, the Thinkstation P500's memory clock speed of 2,133 megahertz is one of the fastest. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on personal computers of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Four 3.5" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a four 3.5" bay PC.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 32GB. The maximum internal memory of the Thinkstation P500 of 128 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst PCs that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500.

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Very Big Processor Cache

The processor caches of PCs of a similar age and type to the Thinkstation P500 range from 0.51MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB. With a processor cache of 10 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500's processor cache is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight processor thread PC.

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Two PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slot personal computer. Most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time 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 Thinkstation P500 is more than most PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. The most commonly 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 computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of placements than most PCs of this spec and age. This desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500.

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6 Reasons Against

Only One Graphics Adapter DisplayPort

Most computers that have been available for more than two years have between one and three graphics adapter DisplayPorts, including the Thinkstation P500 which has one graphics adapter DisplayPort.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is typical of many PCs 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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Very Small Internal Memory

Personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have internal memory of between 2GB and 64GB, and the average internal memory is 7.5GB. The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

Computers with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 SFF[plb_2873106_price] (8GB), or the DELL OptiPlex 7020[plb_2880176_price] (8GB).

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports

The Thinkstation P500 is a four USB 2.0 port desktop computer.

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

Most personal computers of this type and age have between one and two PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots, including the Thinkstation P500 which has one PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slot.

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Very Heavy

The weights of medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 range from 250g to 24kg, and the average weight is 8.2kg. With a weight of 22.2 kilograms, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500's weight is one of the heaviest amongst personal computers of a similar age and type to the Thinkstation P500.

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1 Other reason to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

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
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
Graphics Adapter DVI-I Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts Quantity
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Software
Operating System Installed
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
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 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
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)
Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
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...

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 30a7000, lenovo e51650v3, lenovo 30a7000h, lenovo 30a7000hu, lenovo 30a7000huk
Barcodes 00888965291608, 00888965291769, 00888965291974, 00888965292384, 00888965292605, 00888965293954, 00888965295231, 00888965295545, 00888965296870, 00888965299376, 08889652919746, 08889652952316, 08889652955454, 08889652993760
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