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Lenovo ThinkStation S30 Workstation Review

Final Thoughts
As I said at the beginning of this review we normally do not cover business related products, but it was interesting to see what Lenovo had in mind for a business PC.  And doing some research there are not that many pre-built options when it comes to a workstation PC unless you go to the big names like Dell.  I think Lenovo did a great job at putting together a system that can “crunch the numbers” or complete other similar tasks that something like an ultrabook cannot do.

This system has a very powerful Intel Xeon E5-1620 Sandy Bridge processor, NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics, 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, and two Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM drives in a RAID 0 configuration.  Many people may be asking why go with a Xeon processor instead of a Intel i7 processor.  One of the biggest reasons is that Xeon processors support ECC memory.  Memory errors are one of the most common things to happen to a computer so having memory that can correct itself is a plus.  Especially since this system can be packed with quite a lot of memory (up to 128GB!) and is designed for high memory and CPU usage situations.

One thing I really liked about this system was that Lenovo did not load it with a bunch of unnecessary software.  They know this system is made for business and is designed as such.  Even the default Windows theme that is loaded has a very business feel to it.  Another thing that many people overlook is the fact that the two hard drives are in a RAID 0 configuration.  This means you will see speeds about double of the normal hard drive.

I really did not find anything wrong with the system.  As this is a business system we cannot be that picky, but the cable management could have been a little better inside.  Better cable management means better airflow, which makes for better cooling.

This system fits into the mid-range when it comes to workstations with a starting price of $899.  Lenovo also gives you quite a few different upgrade options to totally customize the system to your needs.  So if you are a graphic designer or professional this may be a great system for you.  Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo ThinkStation S30 Workstation a 9 out of 10 score.

Pros:
– Great performance in the mid-range market
– Discrete graphics
– Hard drives in RAID 0 configuration
– Starting price of $899

Cons:
– Wire / cable management could be better

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