Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lenovo announces the Thinkstation P-Series

Lenovo has announced the reworking of its P-Series line of workstations. The design has been reworked from the ground up.  Lenovo says they have focused on Ease of Use, Thermal Management, Flexibility, and Performance when updating the P Series.  In May of 2014 Lenovo announced the entry-level P300 workstation. Today they add the P500, P700 and P900 to that model.  The P-Series workstation is designed for professionals in engineering, architecture, media & entertainment, oil & gas, medical & science, finance and other industries that need a powerful computer on a daily basis.

The Lenovo P-Series has been completely redesigned with a focus on performance through temperature control and ease of use. The chassis is completely tool-less and can be completely broken down in a matter of minutes (Lenovo makes this claim on their website and videos). That’s a big deal when maintenance is required especially when your IT department has multiple workstations to maintain.


The internals now have three sections to better manage heat in an effort to reduce thermal damage to its internal components. The airflow is directed to major components and is baffled so that the heated air does not interact with other components but is directed out the rear of the chassis.



The new chassis and components incorporate “Flex Bay” systems. This design provides tool-less maintenance and several options for a wide array of internal hardware components.

Of course performance is enhanced due to adding the latest hardware components.


I have been a fan of Lenovo workstations for a long time now and look forward to seeing this new design for the P-Series. I hope to have a review unit in the next few months and will let you know what I think. But the concepts seem solid and I’m sure I will love the tool-less concept.

Here are the key points (from the Lenovo press release) of the updated P-Series Workstation:

Ease of Use

The Lenovo ThinkStation P Series features a clean, modular design, making it easier to access components for uncomplicated upgrades.

  • Tool-less Upgrades: Access critical components – even the motherboard – without the need for a single tool. 
  • Red Touch Points: Intuitive red touch points guide users’ hands to quick and easy component changes. 
  • Integrated Handles: Makes lifting and carrying easy – and allows the system to fit conveniently into any 
workspace. The integrated handles also allow for easy rack mounting. 
  • QR Codes: Have support questions about your components? Scan the QR code, and you will be directed 
to our website with detailed information on system architecture and component technical specifications. 
  • Diagnostic Port: Plug your Android-based tablet or smartphone into the USB port for system analysis 
using the ThinkStation app, or use any USB mass storage device to transfer diagnostic information directly to the dedicated ThinkStation diagnostics web page. 

Thermal Management

Keeping components cool is the key to reliability. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations have historically been the coolest in the industry, and the P Series is the coolest system yet.


  • Tri Channel Cooling: ThinkStation P Series utilizes a patented tri-channel architecture resulting in superior cooling of key components. 
  • Air Baffle: Through a one-of-a-kind, fan-less, multi-channel air baffle, the redesigned system draws in maximum airflow, directing cool air straight to critical system components. Warm air is forced out the back without ever touching other components along the way. 



Flexibility

Lenovo has brought the idea of expansion to an entirely new level. From memory and storage capacity to power supply and I/O slots, the P Series offers unique configurations that let users customize the right components no matter what their profession requires for a fully loaded experience.


  • FLEX Bay: The FLEX Bay has been designed to support an optical drive or the FLEX Module, which can be used to support an ultraslim optical drive, a media card reader, or Firewire (IEEE 1394). 
  • FLEX Tray: Newly designed HDD trays support both 2.5” and 3.5” hard drives. And with one tray supporting up to two 2.5” hard drives, users can add as many as 14 drives (P900 model only). 
  • FLEX Connector: Professionals can increase functionality without sacrificing rear PCIe slots using a mezzanine card that connects to the motherboard – allowing for support for SATA/SAS/PCIe storage and advanced RAID solutions. 
  • Power Supply: Easily remove the tool-less power supply without worrying about cables. For the P700 and P500 models, this means users can match the size of the power supply to their systems’ unique configuration, allowing them to pay for the performance they truly need. 



Performance

Boosting productivity starts with incomparable computing and graphics performance. With the Lenovo ThinkStation P Series, users can run their mission-critical applications to their limits – from advanced rendering and simulation to analysis of vast data sets.


  • Cutting-Edge Processing: The latest Intel® Xeon® processors provide critical computing horsepower. 
  • Unparalleled Graphical Capabilities: The latest NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics cards provide unmatched 
visualization performance. 
  • Memory: The P Series supports a high capacity of DDR4 memory to handle any complex computational 
task with RAM to spare. 
  • ISV-Certified Software: The P Series is certified to work on all key ISV applications. In fact, there’s a good 
chance that many of the world’s largest ISVs developed their software using ThinkStation workstations. 
  • Pushing the Limits of Expandability: The ThinkStation P900 supports up to three NVIDIA® Quadro® 
K6000 graphic cards and up to 14 storage devices. 



ThinkStation P500

The ThinkStation P500 blends performance and flexibility. The P500 offers more I/O slots and the highest storage capacity in the industry for 1P workstations. The P500 can be configured from a mainstream to a compact high performance workstation and is targeted for the CAD/CAM, 3D, architecture and product design fields.

Specifications


  • 490W/650W/850W PSU options 
  • Next generation Intel Xeon processor 
  • Up to 256GB DDR4 (512GB with 64GB 
   DIMMs, special bid only)
  • Eight memory DIMMs 
  • Up to 11 storage devices (8 internal + 2 external + 1 M.2)
  • Up to two GPUs featuring the latest NVIDIA graphics
  • Support for 12Gbps SAS and up to 
32Gbps PCIe
  • Seven expansion slots, Firewire*, serial 
   port*, 4x USB 3.0
  • 9:1 integrated card reader; 29:1 card 
reader* 
  • RAID 0,1,5,10 support 
  • Gigabit Ethernet 
  • 440 x 470 x 175 (HxDxW) 


ThinkStation P700

The ThinkStation P700 gives versatility and power with the highest storage capacity in the industry. The P700 also has the most x16 slots in the industry for compact 2P workstations. The P700 bridges the gap between a compact and high performance workstation; designed for animation, finance, A/V editing, medical imaging and special effects fields.

Specifications


  • 490W/650W/850W PSU options
  • Next generation Intel Xeon processors
  • Supporting dual-CPUs
  • Up to 384GB DDR4 (768GB with 6GB DIMMs special bid only)
  • 12 memory DIMMS (balanced)
  • Up to 12 storage devices (8 internal + 2 external + 2 M.2)
  • Up to 3 GPUs featuring the latest NVIDIA graphics
  • Support for 12Gbps SAS and up to 32Gbps PCIe
  • 7 expansion slots, Firewire, serial port, 4x USB 3.0
  • 9:1 integrated card reader; 29:1 card reader
  • RAID 0,1,5,10 support
  • Gigabit Ethernet (2 ports)

  • 440 x 470 x 175 (HxDxW)



ThinkStation P900

The ThinkStation P900 is the largest of the series and provides extreme performance. With the most I/O in the industry and the first to offer 1TB memory in a workstation. The P900 goes beyond where ThinkStation has before, moving between high and ultra high performance. Industries that might use the P900 include oil and gas, pharma R&D, CAE/FEA/CFD, and visualization and rendering.

Specifications


  • 1300W PSU
  • New generation Intel Xeon processors
  • Supporting dual-CPUs
  • Up to 512GB DDR4 (1024GB with 64GB DIMMs special bid only)
  • 16 memory DIMMs
  • Up to 14 storage devices (8 internal + 2 external + 4 M.2)
  • Up to 4 GPUs featuring the latest
  • NVIDIA graphics
  • Support for 12Gbps SAS and up to 32Gbps
  • PCIe
  • 10 expansion slots, Firewire, serial port, 4x USB 3.0
  • 9:1 integrated card reader; 29:1 card reader
  • RAID 0,1,5,10 support
  • Gigabit Ethernet (2 ports)
  • 440 x 620 x 200 (HxDxW)


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