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What is new in Lenovo's ThinkStation P300? Comparing the ThinkStation P300 & the ThinkStation E32

With new technology and a new design, the ThinkStation P300 is the future for the ThinkStation family. How does the new model compare to the ThinkStation E32?

 

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 tower and SFF

The option of a tower and a small form-factor for the ThinkStation P300 make is a good workstation for many customers

The ThinkStation P300 is the little brother in the ThinkStation workstation family. It replaces the ThinkStation E32 model which is a successful entry-level, small form-factor workstation. What is new with the latest generation? It starts with a brand new design.

 

The ThinkStation P300 has a cleaner, streamlined design. The useful handles on the E32 version have been designed-away, now the ThinkStation P300 sports red “touch-points” on the outside and inside showing you where to hold on or how to open parts of the workstation. The workstation is still easy to carry, but the handles are gone.

 

The tower version of the ThinkStation P300 now supports 4 HDD storage devices. When combined with the larger format drives, the maximum storage capacity has been increased to an incredible 16 TB of storage for the tower and 12 TB for the SFF version. If your system requires absolute performance, the ThinkStation P300 can support up to 4 512 GB SSD devices providing 2 TB of extremely fast storage.

 

The SD card reader has been integrated into the system now and Lenovo has also created a “Flex module”. The Flex module provides for more configuration options. Where once you had the optical drive (ODD), the Flex module allows you to chose to replace this with other useful options. You can have an ultra slim ODD, a 29-in-1 card reader, a front-access Firewire connector, or a removable HDD. These increased options allow for a tailored workstation configuration.

 

All of the Flex module configurations have been neatly designed into the system and use a configurable front bezel system. Not only is the workstation configured to your requirements, the design is kept clean and functional.

 

These entry-level ThinkStation models can be configured for a wide range of professional users

 

Lenovo's ThinkStation P300 also supports the latest generation of Intel CPUs and the latest generation of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The latest generation of ThinkStation has many certifications for professional applications. The work done by Lenovo to test and certify ThinkStations on professional applications means that customers will have a faster and more reliable workstation.

 

Both ThinkStations support the NVIDIA Quadro K-series of GPUs. Both the old and the new SFF versions have the ability to take a half-height graphics card such as the Quadro K600 and the tower versions can take a full-height Quadro K4000.

 

While that delivers a lot of graphics performance for these two models, the ThinkStation P300 supports the new generation of NVIDIA Quadro graphics announced in August 2014 and can be configured with a Quadro K620 in the SFF model and a Quadro K4200 in the Tower model as the most powerful GPU options.

 

 

ThinkStation P-Series Flex Module

The new Flex Module gives customers more options to tailor their workstation configurations

The NVIDIA Quadro graphics options makes these systems useful from entry-level CAD to demanding CAD/CAM, design, and visualization applications.

 

The Quadro K620 graphics delivers good entry-level 3D graphics performance for customers who chose the smaller P300 version. On the other hand, the Tower version, when equipped with the Quadro K4200, has the exceptional, high-end 3D graphics performance.

 

By supporting this range of 3D graphics, the spectrum of applications which can be addressed by the ThinkStation P300 is very broad. The ThinkStation P300 Tower model can be configured as an excellent workstation for some demanding 3D CAD, design, modeling, and visualization applications. Customer requiring more 3D horse-power will need to move up to the larger ThinkStation models which can support NVIDIA's dual-slot Quadro GPUs, the Quadro K5200 and K6000.

 

Comparison of the ThinkStation P300 and ThinkStation E32 specifications:

 

ThinkStation P300

ThinkStation E32

Max CPU

E3-1200V3 and new Xeon family E3-1200V3

Max GPU Tower

NVIDIA Quadro K4200 NVIDIA Quadro K4000

Max GPU SFF

NVIDIA Quadro K620 NVIDIA Quadro K600

Memory

32 GB 1600 MHz ECC 32 GB 1600 MHz ECC

Storage

3.5" SATA 7200 RPM up to 4TB

3.5" SATA 7200 RPM Hybrid up to 2TB

2.5" SATA 10K RPM up to 1TB

2.5" SATA SSD up to 512GB

mSATA 24GB

3.5" SATA 7200 RPM up to 3TB

2.5" SATA 10,000 RPM up to 1TB

2.5’’ SSD up to 256GB

mSATA, 24GB / 128GB

Max HDD Tower

4 HDD 3 HDD

Max HDD SFF

3 HDD 3 HDD

Chipset

Intel C226 Intel C226

Power supply Tower

450W and 280W 450W and 280W

Power supply SFF

240W 240W

Dimensions Tower

429.26 mm x 175.26 mm x 424.18 mm

6.9" x 16.97" x 16.7"

431 mm x 175 mm x 425.2 mm

16.9" x 6.9" x 16.7"

Dimensions SFF

101.6 mm x 375.92 mm x 337.82 mm

4.0" x 14.8" x 13.3"

102 mm x 375 mm x 338 mm

4.0" x 14.8" x 13.3"

 

Flex Module Bezel

The front panel of the ThinkStation adapts easily to any Flex Module configuration

From generation to generation, Lenovo has kept the solid look-and-feel of the ThinkStation family. Retaining the option for a tower or a small form-factor means that the ThinkStation P300 continues to serve the broad range of solutions and customers as the E32 did.

 

To summarize the differences, Lenovo's new design delivers benefits in usability. The Flex module enables customers to configure the workstations more exactly to their needs. They can “tweak” the system to a better fit for their work and a better value, too.

 

The platform supports the latest processors and advances in storage, but perhaps the biggest difference for customers will be the benefits of using the latest generation of NVIDIA Quadro graphics. With the new generation of professional GPUs, Lenovo customers will have better 3D performance available in the ThinkStation P300 models.

 

The ThinkStation P300 SFF and Tower models can take up to a Quadro K620 and a Quadro K4200, respectively, for 3D graphics performance. With entry-level to high-end GPUs in the P300 series and a full set of ISV certifications, the choice in graphics makes the ThinkStation P300 models ideal for a wide range of customers.

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