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Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Tower Workstation Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 1:38 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Lenovo





The P300 we received has a Xeon E5-1276 v3 processor installed, and plenty of expansion options. The unit sent to us for review came equipped with an NVIDIA Quadro K4000 for graphics power. These two components complement each other very well in scaling and price point.


CPU Options:


  • Intel Xeon E3-1271 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.60GHz)
  • Intel Xeon E3-1276 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.60GHz)
  • Intel Xeon E3-1281 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.70GHz)


Graphics Card Options:


  • NVIDIA Quadro K420 1GB (DVI+DP)
  • NVIDIA Quadro K620 2GB (DVI+DP)
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2200 4GB (DVI+2DP)
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4000 (Dual link DVI, DP, DP) - 3GB
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4200 4GB (DVI+2DP)


Storage Options:


  • 1TB+8GB Hybrid Hard Drive, SATA, 3.5"
  • 3.5" 2TB SATA HDD 7200 rpm
  • 250GB SATA - 10000 rpm, 6 Gb/s, 32MB cache, 2.5"
  • 2TB+8GB Hybrid Hard Drive, SATA, 3.5"
  • 2.5" 180GB SSD SATA3 Hard Drive
  • 500GB SATA - 10000 rpm, 6 Gb/s, 2.5"
  • 2.5" 256GB SATA Solid-State Drive
  • 2.5" 256GB SATA Solid-State Drive (OPAL)
  • 256GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive (OPAL)
  • 2.5" 240GB SATA SSD
  • 3.5" 3TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 2.5" - 128 GB Solid-State Drive SATA3
  • 1TB SATA - 10000 rpm, 6 Gb/s, 2.5"
  • 3.5" 4TB 7200RPM SATA
  • 2.5" 128GB SATA 3 Solid-State Drive


You can see that there are many different ways to configure the P300, depending on user requirements.







Here we get a look at the front of the P300, which has clean lines, a simple design, and looks great. We like the hex mesh on the front. The mesh gives it a hi-tech look and feel, and offers good ventilation. It would be nice to have some kind of dust filter behind all that.




There is not much to see on the sides of the case. On the right is a simple push-button to unlock the door. Once that button is pushed, the door will slide off easily.




Looking at the rear of the P300, we find the following:


  • 4x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x Serial, 1x VGA, 2x Display Port
  • 1x Ethernet
  • 1x audio line in, 1x audio line out, and 1x mic in
  • There's also optional Firewire, 29:1 MCR, eSATA, and Serial




Here we have taken the side panel off to get a look at the insides of the P300. This is simple enough, and typical for systems like this one.


The first impression that we got was better cable management should be provided on these builds. This seems rather messy. On the plus side though, all cables are tucked away, and do not block any airflow.




The CPU heat sink and air cooler that Lenovo uses is larger than standard Intel heat sinks, and has a more powerful fan. This works very well for keeping the CPU cool, and cutting down on noise when under a full load.




Here we are looking at the two internal drive bays. The top location has the Seagate 1TB HDD, and the bottom bay is empty.




Hard drives are easy to remove. Simply unplug the power and SATA connector, squeeze in the side tabs, and pull the drives outward. The blue frame also absorbs vibrations, and holds the HDD in place very well.




We also noted that the NVIDIA Quadro K4000 is held in place by a support bracket, which is shown here. This is a very good addition to the build, as it firmly holds the K4000 in place, and will keep the card from flopping around during shipping to help reduce shipping damage. The drawback is, if you need to replace the K4000, it is a little bit of extra work to unscrew the mounting bracket.




At the inside back of the case, there is a locking spring to secure the K4000 in place. To remove the video card simply push the blue button in and it unlocks the card's hold down lock.




Just push in the blue button, and the locking bar can be pulled away to free the installed video card.




At the inside front of the case, there are three blue buttons that will release the installed DVD drive, or other devices.

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