Lenovo ThinkStation P500 review - Dedicated workstation

First Look

The P500 comes packed in a traditional grey box. Inside, you get the station, an assortment of cables, a manual, and a mouse & keyboard combo. All of them Lenovo made.

As for the system itself, it features a simple case, with a matte finish and plenty of airflow through the front and out the back. The front is where you have the power-button and microSD/USB array, as well as an included DVD-multiburner. The case has 2 handles, labeled by red plastic accents, for easy transportation. Despite its small form-factor (175 mm x 470 mm x 440 mm) P500 clocks in at about 24kg, which makes it a bit hard to move it around.

The front grille sports a ThinkStation logo along with an Intel sticker and one from Energy Star. Worth noting is that there's no indication of Quadro support here.

 Lenovo P500 - Case

Lenovo P500 - Rear Panel IOAt the back of the machine, you have the motherboard IO featuring 4xUSB 3.0, 4xUSB 2.0, a 3.5mm Headphone / Microphone / Line-out sockets, PS/2, 1x 1GBe ethernet, and finally a COM port. 

The added Quadro K2200 comes with a DVI-Dual Link and 2-DisplayPorts.


Our sample uses the Xeon E5-1620 v3 @ 3.5GHz, a mid-range processor, a step up above the E3-1231 v3 in both price and performance, an NVidia Quaddro K2200 (which has a correspondent in the consumer-grade GTX750 Ti) with 4GB GDDR5 and comes with Windows 7 Pro x64 pre-installed through downgrade rights allowing users to move back up to Windows 8 if we chose to do so.




Intel Xeon E5-1620 v3 @ 3.5GHz


Lenovo Custom


Vertical copper-heatsink with fan


NVidia Quaddro K2200 4GB
640 CUDA cores, , 405MHz core, 128bit, 80GBps


Hynix 4x4GB DDR4-2133Mhz ECC Registered


Intel SSD 256GB SATA 3

Power Supply

Lite-On Tower 650W 92% 

Optical Drive

16x DVD +/- RW DL


Realtek integrated


1Gbps Ethernet I210-T1


Lenovo Custom

Front Panel

4xUSB 3.0, 3.5mm Headphone, card-reader, optical drive-bay

Rear Panel

4xUSB 3.0, 4xUSB 2.0, 3.5mm Headphone / Microphone / Line-out sockets, PS/2, 1x 1GBe ethernet & x


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