Lenovo announces ThinkStation line of workstations

Written by Phil Cogar

November 7, 2007 | 11:44

Tags: #thinkpad

Companies: #ibm #lenovo

The Lenovo Group, the company that purchased IBM’s PC division and gained the rights to trademarks such as ThinkPad, ThinkCenter, etc., has now introduced the ThinkStation line of workstations.

The workstation market has been scarce for quite some time as what were once budget computers are equipped with more powerful technology, but Lenovo hopes to spark interest in high-powered systems again.

The two systems that have been announced are the D10 and the S10. Lenovo has released basic specs for both systems.

The D10 will use Intel’s upcoming Xeon 5400 series, a 45nm quad-core processor with available speeds of 2.33GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.83GHz, and 3.16GHz, featuring 12MB of L2 cache. The S10 will be equipped with a range of Core 2 processors all the way up to the Core 2 Extreme QX9650, a quad-core 45nm processor rated at 3GHz with 12MB of L2 cache. To support these hefty processors, the S10 will utilize Nvidia’s entire range of high-end graphics cards; information hasn’t been released concerning the D10’s video card options.

The systems will also meet Energy Star 4.0 requirements and use more than 50 percent recycled plastics. Lenovo plans to make the systems user-friendly, quiet, and as affordable as possible while still boasting cutting edge technology.

Lenovo has already made a great name for itself by continuing the exceptional level of quality IBM established with its ThinkPad line. It has even begun to make strides with products such as a 22” WUXGA display, meaning it can do 1920x1200 (along with playing 1080p content at full resolution) and boasts other features such as a fully manouverable stand and a built-in USB hub. Most importantly, the panel has been priced at $550 (~£300 inc. VAT in the UK), so it’s has the potential to deliver good quality at a reasonable price.

Are you excited to see more systems utilising bleeding-edge technology, or are you still a die hard build-it-yourself, err... er? Discuss your thoughts over in the forums.
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