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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 256GB SSD

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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 commonly supported processor operating mode on computers that were released more than a year ago.

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

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has more USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports than most of the comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500. Most of the desktop computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 only have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, however this desktop computer has eight USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

PCs that were launched more than a year ago have max memory bandwidth supported processor of between 10GB/s and 68GB/s. When compared to other similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 that we have assessed, 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 max internal memory supported processor of the Thinkstation P500 of 768 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than a year. Across all the comparable spec computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 770GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 65GB.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other similar spec computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. The discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 range from 1GB to 8.2TB.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Desktop Computers

We calculated the average reviews for all Lenovo PCs and also specifically for Lenovo medium processor core personal computers and found that in both cases Lenovo had good reviews.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Thinkstation P500 has a faster storage speed than most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This personal computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most comparable spec personal computers that have been available for a similar time to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage speed across all medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage speed across comparable types of PC.

Other SSD computers currently available which you might want to look at include a cheaper computer such as the HP ProDesk 600 G2 SFF or you might consider a better rated computer such as the HP 800 G2.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other personal computers of this spec and age. The smallest internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 is 2GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average internal memory is 8.3GB.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 8GB memory PCs currently available including cheaper desktop computers such as the HP Z230, or the Alienware X51.

If you would prefer a computer with a bigger internal memory then you might want to consider the Alienware X51 (16GB) which is also cheaper.

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Gold EPEAT Compliance

This personal computer has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is typical of many comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Two PCI Express X16 Slots

Most of the other desktop computers that came out more than a year ago only have one PCI Express x16 slot, however the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has two PCI Express x16 slots.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 only have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports, however the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has 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 typical of many medium processor core personal computers that came out more than a year ago.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 is 2GB and the biggest is 790GB. When compared to other desktop computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked, the maximum internal memory of the Thinkstation P500 of 786,432 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Thinkstation P500 has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than the DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type found on most PCs of this type and age.

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

Amongst comparable types of computer the worst internal memory type is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Fairly Fast Memory Clock Speed

PCs of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 2,400MHz. The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast memory clock speed (2,133 megahertz) compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most commonly found processor cache level on medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as it.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on personal computers of this age and spec.

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Fairly 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 of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500. Computers of a comparable age and spec to the Thinkstation P500 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 33GB.

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Four 3.5" Bays

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a four 3.5" bay personal computer.

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Two 5.25" Bays

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a two 5.25" bay personal computer.

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Very Big Processor Cache

Medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have processor caches of between 2MB and 10MB. When compared to other personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 that we have checked, the Thinkstation P500's processor cache of 10 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Big Solid-State Drive Capacity

Similar spec computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 have solid-state drive capacities of between 8GB and 1TB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 200GB. With a solid-state drive capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has one of the bigger solid-state drive capacities amongst personal computers of this age.

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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 PC.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 is 3GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 4.9MB to 8.2GB. At 4,096 megabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and spec.

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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 are a comparable age 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 number of placements supported by the Thinkstation P500 is more than most desktop computers that are a comparable age to it. This desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by PCs of this age and spec.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly supported discrete graphics memory type on comparable spec desktop computers that were released more than a year ago.

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3 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 the total storage capacity range from 4GB to 3.6TB. At only 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released one year ago.

If this desktop computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkCentre E73 SFF (500GB), or the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF (500GB) which is also cheaper.

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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 PC. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have between one and two PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots.

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Heavy

Desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500 have weights of between 38g and 100kg, and the average weight is 7.5kg. When compared to other computers that were released around the same time as the Thinkstation P500, the Thinkstation P500's weight of 22.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over a Year Ago

This computer was released over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than a year.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3.5GHz processor clock speed PCs currently available including the HP Z230 which is cheaper.

If this personal computer processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the Alienware X51 (4GHz and cheaper).

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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
RAID Levels
RAID Support
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs 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 Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
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 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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