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Lenovo Thinkstation P500
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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 1TB Hybrid-HDD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB Aug 2015
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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on personal computers of this spec and age.

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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 PC. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The max memory bandwidth supported processor of computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 range from 10GB/s to 68GB/s. The max memory bandwidth supported processor of the Thinkstation P500 of 68 gigabytes per second is one of the fastest amongst comparable spec computers that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The smallest max internal memory supported processor of personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 2GB, the biggest is 770GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 88GB. With a max internal memory supported processor of 768 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger max internal memory supported processors amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Two Graphics Adapter DVI Ports

The Thinkstation P500 has more graphics adapter DVI ports than most of the comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500. This computer is a two graphics adapter DVI port computer compared to most of the personal computers of this age and type which only have one graphics adapter DVI port.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of between 1GB and 6.2TB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory capacities amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Good Brand

We checked 253 expert and owner reviews for Lenovo PCs and found that on average Lenovo has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Lenovo has good reviews specifically for its medium processor core personal computers.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Desktop computers of this spec and age have processor clock speeds of between 1GHz and 4.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the computers of this age and spec the hard drive capacity range from 320GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 800GB. With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger hard drive capacity amongst PCs of this age.

We compared all the other 1TB hard drive capacity PCs to this PC and we think the HP Z440[plb_2520406_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of computers of this type and age range from 32GB to 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB. The Thinkstation P500 has a fairly big total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

Other 1TB total storage capacity computers currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper desktop computers such as the HP Z440[plb_2520406_price].

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other computers that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum internal memory of the Thinkstation P500 of 786,432 megabytes is one of the biggest. The smallest maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 8.1GB, the biggest is 790GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 96GB.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many personal computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This PC has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to it.

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Ten 2.5" Bays

The Thinkstation P500 is a ten 2.5" bay desktop computer. Most of the other computers that were launched more than two years ago only have between one and nine 2.5" bays.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and eight USB 3.0 ports, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has eight USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

The Thinkstation P500 has one of the faster memory clock speeds (2,133 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than two years have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 2,200MHz.

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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 frequently found cabling technology on personal computers of a comparable type and age to it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many comparable spec personal computers that came out more than two years ago.

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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 were launched around the same time as it. This personal computer has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most similar spec desktop computers that are a comparable age to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This personal computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is actually the best internal memory type across all PCs of this type and age.

The worst internal memory type across similar types of personal computer is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 32GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 260GB. With a maximum internal memory of 128 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Four 3.5" Bays

Most similar spec PCs that have been around for more than two years 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

The Thinkstation P500 is a two 5.25" bay computer.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight processor thread personal computer. Most of the other computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Very Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 10 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly big processor cache 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. The average processor cache of medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago is 6.8MB.

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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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Very Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At 4,096 megabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a very big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other computers of this age and type. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 is 510MB and the biggest is 6.2GB.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Thinkstation P500 is more than most medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it. The most frequently 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 computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of placements than most computers that were launched around the same time as it. This Lenovo computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by desktop computers of this spec and age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago.

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3 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is Hybrid-HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on computers of a comparable age and spec 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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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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Very Heavy

The weight of the Thinkstation P500 of 22.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest amongst medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. The average weight of medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago is 8.2kg, and the weights range from 250g to 24kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

This computer has been on the market for over two years.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a relatively typical internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 8GB memory desktop computers currently available including the HP Z440[plb_2520406_price] which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a desktop computer with a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the DELL Tower 5810[plb_2930270_price] (16GB).

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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
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
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
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 Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Graphics Adapter DVI-I Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DVI Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DisplayPorts Quantity
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Software
Operating System Installed
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Wake-On-LAN Ready
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 X16 Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 Slots
PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slots
PCI Express X1 Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Number of 2.5" Bays
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio System
Compatible Processor Series
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 Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
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
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Manual
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
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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