Today, Lenovo unveiled two new updates to its business computing lineup – the ThinkStation E30 workstation, targeted at high-performance computing environments, and the ThinkCentre M81, a new desktop that comes in traditional tower and space saving-small form factor versions.
Lenovo’s ThinkStation E30 brings Intel’s latest-generation of high-end CPUs to their industrially styled workstation cases – Core i5, Core i7 and Xeon processors are all an option. Lenovo claims that “only Lenovo” machines are able to stay in Turbo Boost+ mode for longer periods of time than other manufacturers’ boxes, due to “specific proprietary thermal engineering enhancements.”
The E30 is one of Lenovo’s first workstations that really embraces solid state storage, with Intel 80GB and 160GB SSD options. Graphics performance is handled by NVIDIA’s capable workstation card lineup, using both Quadro and NVS options.
Happily, the new workstation also takes advantage of higher-speed interconnects: storage is connected via SATA III (6Gbps) and accessories and peripherals can be connected using USB 3.0. Up to 16GB of ECC RAM can be configured from the factory.
The ThinkCentre M81 takes a few of the next-generation features of the new ThinkStation E30 – namely, SATA III and USB 3.0 – but packages them in a smaller (in the small form factor version, much smaller) case. By default, the new ThinkCentre M81 comes with integrated Intel HD graphics and Intel Core i3 CPUs.
Each of the new entries – the E30 and the M81 – take advantage of Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7. Lenovo claims that EE 2.0 brings faster boot times to their computers; an average of 20 seconds is saved. In fact, the company says that the E20 boots 57 percent faster and shuts down 38 percent faster than the previous ThinkStation, and the ThinkCentre M81 starts 30 percent faster.
The M81 also continues Lenovo’s push toward energy saving computers, with a claim toward saving “56 percent more energy” than previous models. It’s also part of the new Energy Star 5.0 certification.
The ThinkStation E30 workstation will be available starting in May at an entry point of $629. The ThinkCentre M81 desktop will be available in late April starting at $599.