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Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Tower Workstation Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 3:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Test System Setup




We would like to thank Lenovo, SPEC, Yokogawa, and AIDA64 for their support in providing parts for our test system.


For all tests that were run, we used default BIOS settings.




This is the CPUz screen showing the various stats of the Xeon E3-1630 v3 CPU. As you can see, this CPU has a max TDP of 140 watts, and a core voltage of 0.763V. This is a quad-core CPU with hyper-threading, giving us four cores/eight threads to work with. The CPU has a stock speed of 3.7GHz, and speeds up to 3.8GHz. The memory we used in our tests is 32GB of SK Hynix DDR4 CL15 2133 MHz. Features of the E3-1630 v3 processor are:




The Intel Xeon E3-1630 v3 processor is a very powerful CPU that matches up very well in workstations like the P500. Many features like VT-x and VT-d can come in handy if you plan to use VMs on the system. Virtualization (VT-x) Features deliver lower entry/exit latency, which reduces VMM overhead, and increases overall virtualization performance. VM control structure (VMCS) shadowing enables efficient nested VMM usages such as manageability and VM protection.


Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2.0 has also been updated to AVX2, which now uses 256-bits floating point SIMD instructions. This will allow you to use up to twice the amount of packed data with a single instruction. Turbo and AVX Improvements will automatically allow processor cores to run faster than rated, and AVX frequencies if they are operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.




The video card that came with our system is the NVIDIA Quadro K4200. The K4200 and other NVIDIA video cards available for the P500 allow it to be certified to run many key professional independent software vendor (ISV) applications, including Adobe, Autodesk, Dassault, PTC, SolidWorks, Avid, and Siemens.




The main specification list for the NVIDIA Quadro K4200 is shown here. The K4200 is a powerful workstation video card that is able to run demanding applications, and provides the ability to use OpenCL and Cuba applications on the P500.




Now we are looking at the GPUz screen shot for the K4200, which gives us a full detailed breakdown of the specifications for the K4200.


Now, let's move forward with testing the Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Tower Workstation. We will show test results from actual workstations we have tested, and not just motherboards. Workstation load outs can affect scores vs motherboards that have far less options installed. We will also keep this on same socket setups, so we will not mix up processor classes.

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