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Lenovo Thinkstation P500
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Lenovo Thinkstation P500 6 Core Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 256GB SSD

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6 Intel Xeon E5 V3 3.5GHz 8GB 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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10 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time 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 computer.

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Quite Fast Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

At 68 gigabytes per second, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other computers that have been available for more than two years. The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of desktop computers of this age and type is 32GB/s, the fastest is 68GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 60GB/s.

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Lenovo Has Good PC Reviews

PCs manufactured by Lenovo are some of the better PCs according to average reviews from experts and owners.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 3.5 gigahertz, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec computers that have been around for more than two years. Many processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago have processor clock speeds of between 1.6GHz and 3.7GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.9GHz.

We compared all the other 3.5GHz processor clock speed PCs to this desktop computer and we think the HP Z440 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Fast Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of 2,133 megahertz, the Thinkstation P500's memory clock speed is one of the fastest amongst personal computers of a similar age and spec to the Thinkstation P500. Desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 have memory clock speeds of between 1,300MHz and 2,200MHz.

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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 many processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

A DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type is actually the best internal memory type amongst all desktop computers that have been available for more than two years.

A DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type is the worst internal memory type amongst similar types of desktop computer.

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Eight USB 3.0 Ports

The Thinkstation P500 is a eight USB 3.0 port PC. Most of the other similar spec computers that were released more than two years ago have between two and eight USB 3.0 ports.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Thinkstation P500 is more than most many processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as 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 desktop 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 more than two years ago. This desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by many processor core personal computers that were released more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that have been available for around the same time as the Thinkstation P500. The smallest total storage capacity of similar spec personal computers that were released more than two years ago is 180GB and the biggest is 8.3TB.

If you would prefer a computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the HP Z440 (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500 is 4GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average internal memory is 22GB. The Thinkstation P500 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) amongst many processor core personal computers of this age.

If you are looking for a PC with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the HP Z440 (16GB).

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Only One CPU Configuration (max)

The Thinkstation P500 is a computer that takes one CPUs configuration (max). Most of the other many processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 take one CPU configuration (max).

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Only Four USB 2.0 Ports

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a four USB 2.0 port computer. Most of the other computers of this spec and age have between two and nine USB 2.0 ports.

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Only Two PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a two PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slot computer. Most of the other computers that have been around for a similar time to the Thinkstation P500 have between two and three PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots.

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Only One Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port

The Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is a one Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) port personal computer.

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Only 12 Processor Threads

The Thinkstation P500 is a 12 processor thread PC. Most of the other computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Thinkstation P500 have between 6 and 23 processor threads.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The processor caches of PCs that have been available for more than two years range from 12MB to 30MB. At only 15 megabytes, the Thinkstation P500 has a quite small processor cache compared to most of the other PCs that are a similar age to the Thinkstation P500.

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Heavy

The weights of computers of this age and spec range from 250g to 30kg, and the average weight is 12kg. With a weight of 22.2 kilograms, the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 is quite heavy compared to most of the other PCs that were launched around the same time as the Thinkstation P500.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Thinkstation P500

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this desktop computer was released.

SSD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is SSD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on computers of a comparable age and type to it. 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.

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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 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
Graphics & IMC Lithography
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 30a7, lenovo 30a7002, lenovo e51620v3, lenovo 30a7002n, lenovo 30a7002nu, lenovo 30a7002nuk
Barcodes 00888965291455, 00888965291820, 00888965292629, 00888965297501, 00888965302236, 00889233527283, 08889652918206, 08889652975018
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