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Lenovo Thinkstation E31

Lenovo Thinkstation E31
alaScore 84

14 reviews

Sep, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Lenovo Thinkstation E31. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed opinions about the size.

price, usability, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo Thinkstation E31 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkstation E31 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkStation 255531U DesktopLenovo ThinkStation 255531U Desktop

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 review


Lenovo has squeezed the high-end Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro 600 graphics into a small-form-factor workstation. It makes for a powerful, but noisy machine.

Lenovo’s system isn’t particularly quiet but, aside from this, it doesn’t do much wrong: plenty of application power, a decent discrete graphics card, reasonable versatility and plenty of component options. No small form-factor workstation comes cheap...

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Bud9893 (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 2555


We have recently switched from Dell to Lenovo and couldn't be happier. These workstations are rock solid. Both i3 and i5 units perform very well. The i3 is perfect for our office admin staff.

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Geoff (

An extreme amount of computer in a very small spac


Overall, I'm thrilled with the computer. Its build quality is nothing short of the very best, its very quiet, performs exceptionally, and exceeds my expectations.

Weight, Security Features, Durability, Build Quality, Input/Output compatibility, Processor, Memory, tpm chip, very quiet

Video card, how to add additional drives is not obvious

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Alex_B (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 3690


This PC really surprised me. The one we have has 8G of RAM and is used by someone in our engineering department. Running the graphics from the i5 was plenty powerful.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Mealy58 (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 3690


Personally I love these systems. I use one as my personal workstation and have been moving them into our mission critical end user roles.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: TFCameron (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 3690


Great desktop PC pretty good price/performance and well made.. It doesn't have the most expandability in the world, but it has enough for most people, if you are looking for room to expand then you should be looking for a full tower anyway.

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: JonnyTwoSaints (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 3690


Great powerful PC and build really well, have been running for short of a year and have been absolutely bullet proof in the time. Can highly recommend this range of Lenovo machines.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Joey24 (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 3690



Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: 3bood (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 3690


Very Powerfull small PC. enjoying every bit of it....thinking of adding another 4GB of RAM and see how would it handle it.

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Ben (

Lenovo ThinkStation E31 SX411UK


Purchased for 3D modelling and animation, runs all software like a dream. It may not be the fastest chip money can buy (or Lenovo sell) but it's rock solid in operation. I currently only have 4g of ram, it can take 32, so this would obviously have a...

The mouse which works perfectly and is nicely designed feels a little light and cheap.

Mar, 2013

Product Specifications


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Water cooling system: No

Expansion slots

PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x16 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots:1


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.5 / 0.512 / 1 / 1024 / 2 / 2048 / 512
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 2
Graphics adapter DVI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Mini DisplayPort ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.001 / 0.5 / 1.024 / 2.048
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102 / 0x152 / 0x162

Optical Drive

Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Built-In Optical Drive:


Audio chip:Realtek ALC662
Password protection: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16 / 2
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3 1333/1600 / DDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2100 Desktop series / Intel Core i3-3200 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-3400 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-3500 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3700 Desktop series / Intel Xeon E3-1200 / Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):55 / 65 / 69 / 77 / 77, 69 / 80 / 87 / 95

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
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Processor ARK ID:52269 / 52274 / 52276 / 52278 / 53426 / 53428 / 53492 / 65509 / 65511 / 65516 / 65690 / 65692 / 65693 / 65719 / 65722 / 65725 / 65726 / 65727 / 65729 / 65730 / 65732 / 65733 / 65734 / 68316 / E3-1220 / E3-1220V2 / E3-1225V2 / E3-1230 / E3-1230V2 / E3-1240V2 / E3-1245 / E3-1245V2 / E3-1270 / E3-1270V2 / E3-1275 / E3-1275V2 / E3-1280 / E3-1280V2 / E3-1290V2 / i3-2120 / I3-3220 / I3-3240 / I5-3450 / i5-3470 / I5-3550 / i5-3570 / I7-3770
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5
Thermal solution specification:2011C / 2011D


Operating System Language:
Recovery operating system:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro


Number of storage drives installed:1