Over the past few months we have looked at a few Lenovo workstations, starting with the entry-level P300 and moving on to the mid-range P500. Overall, we found both of these to be powerful workstations that can get the job done.
Now we have the high-performance P900 in the lab, and we are ready to put it to the test. The P900 offers extreme power and performance built around Lenovo's modular tool-less design. We have seen this modular design in the other workstations, but this time it is built to handle the demanding dual-processor configuration.
Lenovo has built fully customizable storage, memory, graphics, power, and I/O configurations into the P900. The P900 also includes advanced deployment services, which makes it easy to load custom images, and has basic tagging for enterprise business class support.
Dual-processor based workstations offer a great deal of processing power, and with that power you need higher-end video cards; the P9000 can pack in three high-end GPUs or Tesla cards to meet this need. To handle large files that a system like this would be working with, the P900 can max out at 24TB of storage and run the OS on a SSD boot drive to make this system very responsive.
Now, let's unbox the new P900 from Lenovo.
The shipping box is well packed with large foam inserts to protect the workstation, and it has plenty of clearance to protect the workstation from anything that might puncture the box. One accessory insert contains the power cord, mouse, documentation, and DVDs. You will find a keyboard tucked in the side of the shipping box.
The keyboard and mouse are as follows:
- Lenovo USB Slim Keyboard (New F5) Win8.1 English
- Lenovo USB Optical Wheel Mouse
We used these peripheral devices in our tests, and we found they worked very well. They aren't particularly fancy, but they work just fine.
The disks that come with the P900 allow for upgrading to Windows 8.1, and they include recovery disks; this is standard for all workstations we have reviewed from Lenovo.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Packaging]
- Page 2 [Specifications and Layout]
- Page 3 [BIOS and Bundled Software]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup]
- Page 5 [System and CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [UnixBench 5.1.3 and SPEC CPU2006v1.2]
- Page 9 [Power Consumption and Final Thoughts]