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Lenovo Thinkstation P500
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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 4 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.7GHz 4GB 180GB SSD

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4 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.7GHz 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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21 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

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

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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 desktop computers of this age and spec 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

When compared to other desktop computers that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked the max memory bandwidth supported processor of, the Thinkstation P500's max memory bandwidth supported processor of 68 gigabytes per second is one of the fastest. The max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago range from 10GB/s to 68GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s.

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Very Big Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

Personal computers of a comparable age and type to the Thinkstation P500 have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 770GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 88GB. When compared to other PCs that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500, the max internal memory supported processor of the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 of 768 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Lenovo Desktop Computers Have Good Reviews

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

Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other comparable spec personal computers that have been around for more than two years, the processor clock speed of the Thinkstation P500 of 3.7 gigahertz is one of the fastest. Across all the desktop computers of this type and age the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 4.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Thinkstation P500 has an SSD storage medium which is faster than the HDD storage medium found on most desktop computers of this type and age. 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 actually the best storage speed amongst all desktop computers of a comparable age and type to the Thinkstation P500.

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

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port PC.

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

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many PCs of this age and type.

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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 computers of a similar type and age to it.

This computer's internal memory type (DDR4-SDRAM) is in fact the best internal memory type across all medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500.

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

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other computers of this type and age, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500's maximum internal memory of 786,432 megabytes is one of the biggest. PCs that were released more than two years ago have maximum internal memory of between 8.1GB and 790GB.

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

When compared to other computers that came out more than two years ago that we have checked, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500's memory clock speed of 2,133 megahertz is one of the fastest. The average memory clock speed of computers of this age and type is 1,600MHz.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many similar spec desktop computers that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 range from 2GB to 260GB. When compared to other personal computers of this type and age that we have assessed, the Thinkstation P500's maximum internal memory of 128 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Four 3.5" Bays

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than two years have between one and eight 3.5" bays, including the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 which has four 3.5" bays.

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Two 5.25" Bays

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a two 5.25" bay personal computer. Most of the other computers of this age and type have between one and two 5.25" bays.

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Very Big Processor Cache

At 10 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other PCs that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500. The smallest processor cache of PCs of a similar type and age to the Thinkstation P500 is 0.51MB, the biggest is 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB.

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Eight Processor Threads

Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Thinkstation P500 only have between four and seven processor threads, however the Thinkstation P500 has eight processor threads.

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Two PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

Most personal computers that came out more than two years ago have between one and two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots, including the Thinkstation P500 which has 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 similar spec PCs 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 computer. The memory slots 8x DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Thinkstation P500 has a greater number of placements than most desktop computers of a comparable type and age to it. This Lenovo desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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5 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of comparable spec PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 range from 32GB to 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB. At only 180 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Thinkstation P500 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The smallest internal memory of desktop computers of this age and spec is 2GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average internal memory is 7.5GB.

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports

Most computers that have been around 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 Thinkstation P500 is a one PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slot desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 have between one and two PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots.

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Very Heavy

The average weight of personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 is 8.2kg, and the weights range from 250g to 24kg. The Thinkstation P500 is very heavy (22.2 kilograms) compared to most of the other personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500.

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1 Other reason to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

This medium processor core desktop computer has been on the market for over two years.

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 Adapter Model
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)

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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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