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Lenovo ThinkStation P520 Workstation

MSRP 1600 USDNEX score 82%

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Product Overview

Lenovo ThinkStation P520 is a powerful ATX workstation powered by Intel Xeon W-2100 or W-2200 series processors with up to one NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 or two Quadro RTX 6000 professional GPUs.
I/O-wise, the ThinkStation P520 Tower offers some of the richest options, thanks to the two 5.25" Flex Bays. It can also be configured with serial ports for legacy peripheral support. Naturally, USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 are available, too.
Inside, the ThinkStation P520 Tower can be configured with up to 512GB ECC memory as well as up to nine M.2 PCIe SSDs and six 3.5" HDDs.
Besides the P520, Lenovo also markets a full range of workstations in this generation, from the ultra-compact P340 Tiny to more powerful full towers with dual CPUs.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Robust, modular design
  • Supports up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, quad-channel memory, dual Nvidia Quadro graphics cards, and a 512GB M.2 format solid-state boot drive
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Solid performance
  • Sleek, high-quality workstation design
  • Supports Intel Xeon W-2145
Cons
  • No multi-core CPU option
  • No removable dust filters
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Capacity

Interior Volume
33 L

Connectivity

CPU Socket
FCLGA2066
Expansion Slot
2x Optical drives / 1x optical drive + 2x 3.5" SATA / 2x M.2 SSD removable drive enclosures / other I/O ports + 2x M.2 onboard + 7x via M.2 to PCIe adapter + 6x 3.5" (4 via Flex bay)
PCI Express
2x PCIe 3.0 x16 + 1x PCIe 3.0 x8 + 2x PCIe 3.0 x4 + 1x PCI
Ports
[Front] 4x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 2x USB 2.0 + 2x PS/2 + 1x RJ45 (1Gbps) + 1x Microphone + 1x Line-in + 1x Line-out + 2x optional USB-C 3.1 Gen2 + 1x optional Thunderbolt 3 + 1x serial | [Rear] 4x USB-C 3.1 Gen1 + 1x Headphone + 1x Microphone + 1x SD card reader
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth 4.2 / none

Construction

Colors
Black
Form Factor
ATX desktop computer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
460 mm / 18.1"
Size | Height
440 mm / 17.3"
Size | Width
165 mm / 6.5"
Weight
24 kg / 52.91 lbs

Function

Audio
High Definition (HD) Audio, Realtek ALC662 codec
Chipset
Intel C422 chipset
Graphics
NVIDIA NVS 810 4GB DDR3 / Quadro P400 2GB GDDR5 to P5000 16GB GDDR5X / Quadro RTX 4000 8GB GDDR6 to RTX 8000 48GB GDDR6 / Quadro GP100 16GB HBM2 / Quadro GV100 32GB HBM2
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro, Ubuntu, or none
Operating Temperature
10⁰ C to 35⁰ C
Optical Disc
Optional 9mm optical drive (DVD-ROM, DVD±RW, or Blu-ray)
Processor
Intel Xeon W-2100 or W-2200 series processors (up to Xeon W-2295)
Security
Discrete TPM 2.0, TCG certified

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8x DIMMs, up to 256GB DDR4-2666 w/ Xeon W-2100 series or up to 512GB DDR4-2933 w/ Xeon W-2200 series, 4 channels
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz or 2933MHz ECC
Power Supply
690W / 900W / 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum
Storage
Up to 9x M.2 PCIe SSD + 1x PCIe AIC SSD + 6x SATA HDD

Production

Debut
2020

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Lenovo hits the right marks with the ThinkStation P520 for a top-of-the-line single-CPU workstation. A smart design, easy-ability, ISV certifications, and lots of potential for future upgrades help it be competitive. Lenovo also backs it with a three-year on-site warranty, which no machine at this price should be without.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, high-quality workstation design
  • Solid performance
  • Supports Intel Xeon W-2145
Cons
  • No removable dust filters
  • No multi-core CPU option

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkStation P520 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkstation-p520. 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2021-05-07.

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