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Lenovo ThinkStation S20 workstationMid range workstation supports up to three hard drives, 12GB RAM
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 any creative environment. The S20 is larger than most mid-tower cases, and sports ample room inside for user upgrades.
Once inside the S20, the first noticeable change is that of the cable clutter, or lack thereof. Lenovo has finally gotten around to better organizing the cables inside the system. The power supply cables are now encased in a harness, mitigating the effect of cable clutter that was still an annoyance on the company's S10 (read review here. The S20's six memory slots are wide open for adding memory modules, as there is no cabling that you have to push out of the way. The S20 has space for three hard drives. To remove the drives, disengage the SATA cable and simply grab the pull rings and pull up. The pull rings make it super simple. The S20 also has room for two 5.25-inch optical drives. The 3.5-inch drive bay houses the memory card reader.
The S20 has a total of three fans; one exhaust fan and the dedicated CPU and power supply fans. The PCI expansion area offers support for full length PCI cards; though you wouldn't be able to populate all the slots with the Quadro FX 4800 present, though you might be able to fit a second Quadro FX 4800, for two graphics cards. As with the S10 and the Quadro FX 1700 card, the Quadro FX 4800 virtually makes the PCI slot next to it unusable.
|Inside the system you'll find a clean look. The memory slots are easily accessed, and the hard drives can easily be swapped out without tools.|
|The Quadro FX 4800 does take up a bunch of space|
The case door closes simply enough and features a lockable bracket. The case itself remains unremarkable. It has been Lenovo's standard case for many years. It still has a sturdy handle that protrudes away from the system and a metal handle located at the rear of the system. Not the best looking case, but it works well.
|Cinebench 64-bit (check Cinebench.com for more results)|| |
CPU W3450 2.93GHz
Windows Vista 64-bit
Quadro FX 4800
|Rendering 1 CPU||4043 CB-CPU|
|Rendering multiple CPU||17289 CB-CPU/multi processor speedup 4.28x|
|OpenGL Standard Benchmark||6241 CB-GFX|
The S20 is a super fast system with 8 processor cores and support for RAID configurations and 12GB RAM. The S20 is also the quietest Lenovo workstation I've looked at. Previous systems sounded like an airplane taking off before quieting down, but this one was quiet from the beginning. The unit is highly configurable with prices starting at $1080, and can be upgraded in a variety of styles, including more RAM< a wide range of graphics card options as well as support for 7200 RPM and 10,000RPM hard disk drives. This particular unit as configured is priced at $3850, and ships with a three year warranty. For more information, visit www.lenovo.com
John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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