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Lenovo ThinkStation S20

Lenovo ThinkStation S20
alaScore 84

15 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo ThinkStation S20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 15 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Lenovo ThinkStation S20

 

Strong general performance ; Good upgradability

Poor gaming performance ; Storage capacity is very modest

This workstation-class system doesn't measure up well against competing Power PCs.

Expert review by:

Lenovo ThinkStation S20

 

Power users need power. That's as simple as it gets. The Lenovo ThinkStation S20 ($3,665 direct) has the power to motor through your Digital Content Creation (DCC) tasks like manipulating digital photos and video, plus it also has stability and...

Horsepower to get your work done. EPEAT Gold and other enviro-certifications. ThinkVantage utilities. Easy to service and upgrade. 3 year warranty. McAfee Internet security loaded but not installed

It's big. Some bloatware. McAfee only has 30-day subscription

The big, black Lenovo ThinkStation S20 is a serious workstation for serious Digital Content Creation (DCC) work. Quad core Xeon (the same one as in the Mac Pro) plus pro-level Quadro graphics means this system means business.

APPROVED

Expert review by:

Lenovo ThinkStation S20 Workstation Review

 

IBM has been a name synonymous with computers and technology for nearly 30 years. That point alone leaves little doubt as to why Lenovo moved to acquire IBM's Personal Computing Division in 2004. When the acquisition was finalized in 2005, Lenovo...

Performance Summary: For the most part, the Lenovo ThinkStation S2 workstation performance matched our expectations. Thanks to its quad-core 2.93GHz, Hyper-Threaded Intel Xeon processor, it offers excellent CPU bandwidth. Add to that the Quadro FX 4800...

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Expert review by:

Lenovo ThinkStation S20 workstation

 

The Lenovo ThinkStation S20 is the company's mid range workstation that works well in a variety of creative environments, be it video and special effects creation to CAD and animation. Configured with the right graphics card, the unit will fit well in...

Mid range workstation supports up to three hard drives, 12GB RAM

Expert review by:

Lenovo ThinkStation S20 workstation

 

The Lenovo ThinkStation S20 is the company's mid range workstation that works well in a variety of creative environments, be it video and special effects creation to CAD and animation. Configured with the right graphics card, the unit will fit well in...

Consumer review by:

Great workstation

 

Fast CPU, fast memory, great performance for the money. Expand the system with little effort and no tools required. I added more memory in less than 30 seconds. Runs autocad Civil3D 2012 and microstation without a hitch. We were a Dell shop until last...

I wish they did not come pre loaded with crapware. I remove the garbage when I 1st recieve a machine. (symantec, toolbars, and so on)

Consumer review by:

A beast

 

This thing is an awesome computer. I can't max it out on CPU intensive tasks. Be careful to check detailed specs when buying additional memory for it, though.

Consumer review by:

ThinkStation S20 (410597U) XEON W3503(2.40GHz) 2GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity NVIDIA Quadro FX380 (256MB) Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

 

Never even thought of a Lenovo before this purchase, but I do believe that Lenovo has won my future purchases as well. Very sound quality unit for sure!

There are plenty of pros on this unit. Nice power supply unit, memory capacity, processor quality. Have not had any issues with the unit in specifics except for the 64bit driver issues with peripherals which was anticipated from the get-go

Haven't come across any as of yet

Consumer review by:

Lenovo S20 Think Station

 

I don't know what the machine would run like with just the 2gbs of RAM installed as I did upgrade even before I powered the machine up.

This is a very powerful PC even w/o the latest Intel "I" series of processors. With the Intel Xeon Dual Processor it is just as good. I updated the system with an additional 8gb's of RAM and there she flies! Very nice cabinet with the easy release...

I haven't really experienced any cons with the machine yet. The only issues that I've had are with external peripherals and that was expected since I was upgrading to a 64bit OS

Expert review by:

Lenovo ThinkStation S20

 

This is a well-built workstation with quad-core power to spare, although it could do with more storage options...

Choice of 45nm Xeon quad-core processors, Up to 12GB of DDR3 memory, Nvidia or ATI video cards

Limited storage options, Monitor not included

This is a well-built workstation with quad-core power to spare, although it could do with more storage options...

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Product Specifications

Outstanding performance and excellent room Outstanding high-performance video graphics adapters in all configurations Serial ATA and SAS device support Innovative mechanical design for easy upgrades and service support Make computing simpler Lower your total cost

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:4MB/8MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:19in
Height:18.8in
Weight:32lbs/38.6lbs
Width:6.9in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:4105/4157
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkStation S20

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel X58 Express
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/1333MHz/800MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Raven black
Manufacturer Selling Program:TopSeller

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Type:DVD-ROM/DVD-Writer

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.86GHz/2.13GHz/2.4GHz/2.53GHz/2.66GHz/2.93GHz/2GHz/3.06GHz/3.2GHz/3.33GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:E5502/E5504/E5506/E5540/W3503/W3505/W3520/W3540/W3550/W3570/W3580/W5580
Type:Xeon

RAM

Installed Size:2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:12GB/24GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

On-Site Warranty:On-site
Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 5/RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 5/RAID 5 / RAID 1 / RAID 0

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:150GB/1TB/250GB/300GB/500GB/600GB
Type:Workstation

Video Memory

Installed Size:1.5GB/1GB/256MB/512MB/768MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI FirePRO V3700/ATI FirePRO V5700/ATI FirePRO V7750/NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800/NVIDIA Quadro FX 380/NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800/NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800/NVIDIA Quadro FX 580
Interface Type:PCI Express 2.0 x16/PCI Express x16
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