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What is new in Lenovo's ThinkStation P500? Comparing the ThinkStation P500 & the ThinkStation S30

How does the new ThinkStation P500 improve on the previous generation? The P-series has a new design inside and out, support for more storage & memory, and adds the latest CPU and NVIDIA Quadro GPUs for next-gen performance.

ThinkStation P500 from Lenovo

The ThinkStation P500 has an all new design, new GPUs, new CPUs and much more storage than the previous generation.

The ThinkStation P500 is a workstation targeting the main-stream design and engineering market. It picks up nicely where the ThinkStation P300 leaves off. Do you need more than one GPU or more powerful Xeon processors or more memory and storage? Then the ThinkStation P500 is the right choice. What is new with the latest generation? It starts with a brand new design.


The 2014 ThinkStation P-series has a completely new industrial design which streamlines the chassis by integrating the handles and adds a stylish touch with the bright red touch point indicators which tell you where to lift or open. The cooling system inside has also been redesigned with an efficient tri-cooling design. The ThinkStation P500 also has a Flex module integrated which increases the configuration options and allows you to customize the P500 to meet your exact requirements.


Compared to the previous generation's ThinkStation S30, the ThinkStation P500 dramatically increases the internal storage capacity with up to 11 storage devices possible. The P500 model also supports the Intel Xeon E5-2600 3rd generation CPUs today and will support the new Xeon CPUs when they are released.


One of the big changes for engineers needing a graphics workstation is the addition of NVIDIA's 2014 Quadro family. From the Quadro K420 to the Quadro K6000, all the Quadro GPUs are supported and this ThinkStation P500 can support 2 Quadro GPUs for extra 3D performance.


The ThinkStation P500 has the horsepower to handle the most demanding interactive modeling, design, and visualization applications


Like the ThinkStation S30, the P500 supports 256 GB of memory. The large memory capacity, tremendous storage, fastest CPU support and high-end dual graphics support defines the ThinkStation P500 as a top-of-the-line single CPU workstation. The workstation is perfectly positioned to handle the most demanding interactive 3D modeling, CAD, and visualization applications.


For greater control of system configurations, Lenovo has created a “Flex module”. 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.


The dual NVIDIA Quadro graphics options makes the ThinkStation P500 systems fit for high-end, interactive 3D graphics.


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.


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. This increased reliability matches well with Lenovo's success in delivering the industry's most reliable workstation hardware.




Comparison of the ThinkStation P500 and ThinkStation S30 specifications:


ThinkStation P500

ThinkStation S30

Max CPU (single processor system)

E5-2600V3 and new Intel Xeon EP processors E5-2600V2


NVIDIA Quadro K5200 & K6000 NVIDIA Quadro K5000 & K6000

Max # of GPUs

2 double-width GPUs 2 GPUs

ECC Memory

Yes Yes


256 GB DDR4 memory 256 GB 1600 MHz


Maximum # of HDD: 11

Max. 3,5" : 6 (24 TB)

Max. 2,5" : 10 (7,4 TB)

Max. M.2 : 1 (256 GB)

Up to 3 internal HDD


Intel C612 Intel C602

Power supply

650W and 490W 610W


175 x 470 x 440 mm 175 mm x 483 mm x 478 mm

Flex module

1 Flex module N/A


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. The new design is aesthetically and functionally improved. The support for the latest GPU technology and the future Xeon processors keeps the ThinkStation P500 on the leading edge of performance.


The new P-series design keeps the solid look and feel of the ThinkStation family


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 ThinkStation P500 supports dual GPUs using the latest Quadro Family graphics. With ISV certifications for performance, stability, and reliability, the P500 model delivers top-of-the-line 3D performance in a mainstream workstation.


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