Here are key points about the ThinkStation P410.
Broadwell-EP and Maxwell: The Xeon E5-1650 v4 is based on Intel's Broadwell-EP microarchitecture, the latest Intel has to offer for CPUs with more than four cores. It's fast, and with 6 cores and 12 threads, there isn't much it can't handle. While NVIDIA has more recent Pascal-based Quadro GPUs, the Maxwell-based Quadro M4000 is no slouch.
Easy to Upgrade: Upgrading the ThinkStation P410 is an easy task. There are two extra DIMMs so that you can double the amount of memory. There are multiple open SATA ports and extra SATA power connectors to expand storage. There are also open x16 and x8 PCI-E 3.0 slots and even an x4 PCI-E 2.0 slot.
Extensive BIOS Options: The ThinkStation P410 has a very extensive BIOS with every option you might need to properly configure and lock down the workstation. Intel's ME BIOS is also accessible if you want to configure remote control of the PC.
Well Thought Out: From the GPU support to ensure that the card doesn't wobble or droop during transport to the external temperature sensor to measure ambient air temperature, Lenovo has done a solid job of thinking things through. I also liked how the fan shrouds ensured that both 3.5" HDD drive bays would get direct airflow along with the rest of the system.
Can Get Loud: When a heavy load is applied to the system and ambient air temperature increases, the workstation's fans ramp up, and the machine can get loud.
No Air Filter: With the fans ramping up the way they do I was surprised not to find an air filter for the front intake fan. Of course, if you really need to get the dust out, the unit is easy enough to open.
The ThinkStation P410 is an extremely powerful workstation machine. It is developed with decades of experience by one of the larger PC OEMs, so you can expect high performance matched with a reasonable price. In fact, the base configuration of the ThinkStation P410 is extremely affordable at under $1100, and if you do things that aren't GPU intensive, it would be an excellent choice. Our configuration is a little pricey, but it also packs a lot more power than the base model.
The only thing that bothered me was the loud fan noise. Otherwise, the workstation was a charm to work with; it was quick and stable. I was impressed by Lenovo's attention to detail; everything from the external temperature sensor to the upgradeability features shows that it's a well thought-out product.
If you are looking for an affordable workstation to meet your computing needs, the Lenovo ThinkStation P410 is worth a look.
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The Bottom Line: Lenovo's ThinkStation P410 is loaded with the latest in powerful workstation-class CPUs from Intel and GPUs from NVIDIA; it can be quite affordable too.
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