Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Gets an Upgrade
Lenovo has announced that its ThinkStation P300 workstation will be receiving an upgrade to its hardware: the CPU will from now on be an Intel Xeon E3 v6, while it will have a 4GB Nvidia Quadro for a GPU. Both are state-of-the-art components, which should pull the entry-level P300 up to the level of its more upscale brethren. Pricing is expected to be around the $700 mark, though Lenovo has not officially come out with a price yet.
The upgraded P300 will be known as the P320 and besides the new CPU and GPU will feature 64 GB of DDR4-2400 memory and some serious storage in the form of either SSDs or HDDs. Another upgrade to the P300 is that the P320 will have two M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slots, making it a very powerful workstation indeed, especially considering the price. Besides these major components, the rest of the P320’s innards are much the same as its predecessors.
The new Lenovo ThinkStation connects with two 802.11ac Wi-Fi/BlueTooth 4.0 modules, several USB 2.0/3.0 ports and a single DisplayPort. Game designers as well as anyone else looking to do more with VR will be happy to know it will also come with a Thunderbolt 3-capable USB 3.1 Type-C connector, allowing users to strap on a headset without too much trouble, be it for work or lunch-hour play.
To top it off, Lenovo will allow users to choose between a Windows 7 or 10 installation on purchase, one of the few manufacturers to do so. Should buyers go for the earlier Windows version, the Lenovo ThinkStation P320 will come with a Skylake rather than Kaby Lake processor, as the later CPU has no drivers under Windows 7. Taken altogether, it seems Lenovo is anticipating the market well with its new workstation, as it offers great price and plenty of flexibility for power users.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.