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A Look at New Lenovo ThinkStation Workstations: E31, S30, C30, D30

by Bill Martin-Otto on 29 Jun, 2012 in IT

it It’s been a busy time here at Lenovo in the last few months with the release of four new ThinkStation workstations: E31, S30, C30 and D30. These workstations pack enhanced memory performance and graphics capabilities to help you power through intense calculations faster and more efficiently. Here’s a summary of their key features:

ThinkStation E31

ThinkStation E31, an entry-level workstation for professionals requiring a powerful desktop workstation within a PC budget. Offered as a mini-tower or small form factor (SFF) both include choices of the latest speedy Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 along with enhanced memory performance and graphics capabilities.

Strong, Seamless Performance

The dependable ThinkStation E31 tower and SFF feature the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v2 product family or 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor so applications run fast and reliably, helping to maximize productivity. Users also benefit from the workstation’s Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory which virtually eliminates memory-related failures, as well as 1600 MHz DDR3 Memory DIMMs, for application responsiveness and the ability to multitask without slowing down. Adding to the productivity features of this workstation is the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports which provides up to 10x faster transfer rates over USB 2.0.

Both models offer professional graphics capabilities with the option of Intel® HD Graphics P4000 or NVIDIA Quadro Graphic cards (up to the Q4000 in the tower model and Q600 in the SFF). The E31 ThinkStation can handle end users’ large storage needs with up to 9TB of storage for the tower model or 6TB on the Small Form Factor. Equipped with Windows 7 Professional, the ThinkStation E31 workstation supports a variety of independent software vendor (ISV) applications for professionals in the engineering, design and financial services industry, including Adobe, AutoDesk, Dassault, PTC, Solidworks and Siemens.

Sustainable Green Machine

The workstation’s eco-conscious design offers up to a 92 percent efficient power supply, as well as Energy Star 5.2, 80 Plus Platinum, EPEAT Gold and GREENGUARD certifications. Our innovative design allows our workstation to run cooler and quieter. Additionally, at less than half the size of the mini-tower, the newest SFF (11L) option provides an ideal space-saving choice for smaller office work areas.

ThinkStations S30, C30, D30

Announced in April, ThinkStations S30, C30 and D30 are three new workstations equipped with the latest Intel® Xeon® E5 processors that improve productivity and reliability. These latest ThinkStations boast upgraded functionally and innovative design, while delivering a quiet, reliable and powerful solution that meet the heavy computing demands of specialized professionals in CAD and engineering, film and animation, financial services and healthcare. With faster memory and enhanced energy-efficiency, ThinkStation users will benefit from the improved speed, empowering them to do more – more quickly.

Eco-friendly Cool Factor

Along with high power and performance, Lenovo ThinkStations S30, C30 and D30 are extremely energy efficient and environmentally friendly. They offer up to 90 percent power efficiency, Energy Star 5.2 certification and feature 80 Plus Gold power supply. The green-savvy design also extends to the exterior, which is fabricated with up to 65 percent recycled materials.

Unparalleled Speed and Performance

Expertly engineered for both high performance and speed, Lenovo’s latest workstations improve multi-tasking among professionals by increasing memory performance. The workstations feature the latest, high-performance technologies with various options within each model including:

  • Choices of the latest Intel® Xeon E5 1600/2600 processors for faster multi-core processing
  • Professional NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics cards and Maximus support utilizing NVIDIA® Telsa® compute cards
  • Faster performance with support for up to 256GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory and 10X faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Comprehensive ISV certification including the latest versions of key ISV applications across vertical markets to ensure application support

Lenovo ThinkStation C30 – World’s Smallest Dual-CPU Design

Designed specifically for those in financial services, CAD and digital content creators, the ThinkStation C30 includes two of the latest-generation Intel® Xeon® E5 2600 processors, up to NVIDIA® Quadro® 6000 or dual NVIDIA® Quadro® 5000 graphics and the ability to fit up to 14 workstations in a 42U rack or four C30s under a standard trading floor desk. The combination of NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics cards and Tesla® compute cards accelerate visuals and display functionality. Also adding to the overall performance, the improved 128GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory provides more power and faster data transfer using PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0, which transfers data 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

The C30’s, ISV-certified and patented award-winning design and cooling technology makes it possible to deliver maximum power in less space, demonstrating Lenovo’s dedication to expert engineering. The C30 features tri-channel cooling, keeping its components running cooler than other dual processor workstations and boosting overall reliability.

Lenovo ThinkStation D30 – Extreme Power Unleashed

For those with the most intense computing challenges and needs, from 3D product design and animation to heavy-duty number crunching and software development, the Lenovo ThinkStation D30 can take on the largest projects. Powered with the latest generation of up to eight-core Intel® Xeon® E5 2600 processors, along with up to two NVIDIA® Quadro® 6000 cards, the D30 is designed to help professionals push their processing limits.

The Lenovo D30 supports up to 16 DIMMS and 1600 MHz memory performance allowing users to easily multi-task. The D30 is also designed to be extremely reliable and ensure a pleasant work environment, with a tri-channel cooling system that keeps the machine cool on the inside and quiet on the outside.

Lenovo ThinkStation S30 – Essential Professional-Grade Computing

For the budget-minded user with high performance needs, the ThinkStation S30 offers the ideal combination of value and performance. As a mid-range solution, the S30 comes with the latest single Intel® Xeon® E5 1600/2600 processor technology, while supporting discrete graphics solutions from NVIDIA®, including Maximus® with Quadro® and Tesla® configurations.

Performance on the ThinkStation S30 is also optimized for top ISV applications and includes faster transfer rates, supporting USB 3.0 and up to 128GB memory. The S30 is the perfect solution for 2D and 3D digital content creators, users of mid-range CAD and EDA applications, as well as finance and medical professionals looking for uncompromised power for a lower price.

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