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TSalexander3133
post Jul 2 2022, 08:42 PM, updated 2w ago

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[Review] Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Tower

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Without spending a lot to run a server or a private cloud at home, either the cost of the server itself or the power consumption the server will draw, this Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Tower can be one of your choice.


Product page (Malaysia): https://www.lenovo.com/my/en/workstations/t...r/p/LEN102S0006

Detail Specification & Documentations: https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkStati...tion_P350_Tower


I was looking for a workstation or entry server which support ECC RAM and able to fit in at least two 3.5" hard disk drives.
Main usage for this server will be a private cloud storage, with some other minor roles such as web hosting.
For private cloud storage, RAID1 is part of a requirement, and therefore the server casing must be able to fit at least two 3.5" hard disk drives.

This Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Tower suits my needs well. It runs on Intel desktop CPU but with ECC RAM support thanks to W680 chipset.
For the hardware configuration, I tried to make this machine as much future upgrade room as possible, while keeping the cost affordable for myself.

This machine will not be intended to run intensive tasks most of the time, and also there will be no graphics load needed at this time.
Therefore only one stick of RAM and no dedicated graphics card is configured.
On the other side, a power supply rating of 750W is selected to anticipate future upgrade or add-ons.
The Flex Bay is configured as an empty 3.5" HDD enclosure, so that the 2nd hard disk drive can be slotted in.


The list, as configured:

Processor12th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-12700 vPro® Processor (2.10 GHz up to 4.90 GHz)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Pro 64
Operating System LanguageWindows 11 Pro 64 English
Memory16 GB DDR5-4000MHz (UDIMM, ECC)
Memory Qty1
MotherboardIntel Alder Lake-S W680
First Video AdapterIntegrated Graphics
Onboard M.2 SSD G4 Boot DriveYES
Onboard M.2 SSD G4512 GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 Performance TLC Opal
OnBoard M.2 SSD G4 QTY1
Second OnBoard M.2 SSD G4 QTY0
Single AIC SSD G3 Boot DriveNO
Single AIC M.2 SSD G3 QTY0
Storage Boot DriveNo
First Storage Qty0
Second Storage Qty0
Flex BayEmpty 3.5" HDD Enclosure
First Ethernet AdapterIntegrated Ethernet
WiFi Wireless LAN AdapterIntel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 2x2 AX & Bluetooth® 5.0 or above with vPro®
Flexible I/O PortFlexible I/O Port Card-USB-C
Audio CardIntegrated Audio
Power CordLineCord - Malaysia
Power SupplyTower 92% Power 750W
Rear FanREAR_SYSTEM_FAN
Language PackPublication - Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese/English
EPEAT Gold CertificateEPEAT Gold Certificate
Warranty1 Year On-site


Packaging

A 3-pin UK plug is provided in a separate small box, located inside the main packaging box.
The tower itself is sealed inside a plastic packaging using a red colour security sticker to deter tampering and to protect from water splashing.

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Tower Exterior

On the left side, it is a house for slim optical drive, and a flex bay.
On the right side, from top to bottom, power button with power LED, disk activity LED, house for SDCard, microphone jack, headphone/microphone combo jack, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (data transfer only), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, and 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2

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From top to bottom, Line-out (3.5mm), Flex-IO (Configured as USB-C port with both data transfer and video output support), HDMI Port, 2x Display Ports, 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1, Ethernet (RJ-45) Port, PCIe expansion card slot, and power connector.

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View from the top

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View from the side

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Tower Interior

Tower interior with empty 3.5" HDD Enclosure mounted on Flex Bay.

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Tower interior without empty 3.5" HDD Enclosure mounted on Flex Bay.

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Closer up picture for the upper section of the tower interior

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Closer up picture for the lower section of the tower interior

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The "Empty 3.5" HDD Enclosure" removed from Flex Bay.

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The 16GB DDR5 ECC RAM from Samsung

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Power Supply Unit

The power supply unit provided might be a proprietary PSU, although it looks a lot similar to the ATX12VO.

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Connecting 3.5" SATA Hard Disk Drives

According to the specification, P360 Tower is able to fit in up to 2x 3.5" SATA HDD or 4x 2.5" SATA HDD.
If you would like to install two 3.5" HDD on your own, you might want to add additional empty 3.5" HDD enclosure under Flex Bay option during your purchase.

For the current setup, two WD Red Plus 4TB are installed into the tower, one installed inside the enclosure on the Flex Bay, and the other one installed in the enclosure at the bottom of the tower.
Due to the design and the location of the bottom enclosure, the HDD has to be installed up side down, this is to ease the connection of both SATA cable and SATA power cable.
To install 3.5" HDD into the bottom HDD enclosure, first the front panel has to be removed, so that the black colour bracket inside the enclosure can be taken out.
No screw is needed to install the 3.5" HDD, which is very convenient.

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Both SATA signalling cables and SATA power cables are provided inside the box.
The power for the SATA HDD are to be tapped from the motherboard rather than from the PSU, similar to ATX12VO design.

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After completed all the SATA cable connections, head to BIOS setup page and you can have option to setup RAID for the two HDD.

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Continue on next post.

This post has been edited by alexander3133: Jul 2 2022, 09:41 PM
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post Jul 2 2022, 08:42 PM

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Continued from "[Review] Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Tower"

ThinkStation P360 Tower System Information

CPU-z

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ThinkStation P360 Tower Benchmark


Environment/Setup:
- Ambient: 29 to 30 degree Celsius
- Wi-Fi: Turned off via Windows
- Ethernet: 1Gbps
- Display: Connected via HDMI but monitor is off, using remote desktop


Cinebench R23

Cinebench R23Score (pts)
Single Core1890
Multi Core16320

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Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5Score
Single Core1851
Multi Core11655

https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/15695318


CrystalDiskMark

[SSD] Default Profile
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[SSD] Peak Performance Profile
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[SSD] Real World Performance Profile
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y-cruncher

y-cruncherTotal Computation Time (seconds)
Single Thread667.327
Multi Thread144.425

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Browser Benchmark (Microsoft Edge)

JetStream 2
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Speedometer 2
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Ares 6
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WEBXPRT4
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ThinkStation P360 Tower Power Consumption

Measured using Uni-T UT230B-UK

WorkloadPower ConsumptionPower Factor
Soft Off1 W< 0.30
Idle in Windows (As Configured)8 W to 9 W0.30 to 0.40
Idle in Windows (+ 2x SATA)11 W0.40 to 0.50
Cinebench R23 (Multi Core), Peak183 W0.99
Cinebench R23 (Multi Core), Sustained95 W0.98
Prime95, Peak186 W0.99
Prime95, Sustained95 W0.98


Graph for CPU Package Power and CPU Package Temperature while running Cinebench R23

Single Core:
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Multi Core:
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post Jul 2 2022, 08:43 PM

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Reserved again.
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post Jul 2 2022, 09:02 PM

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How is this compare to Synology Disk Station ?

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post Jul 2 2022, 09:06 PM

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For slot for gpu?
Can how many ssd/hdd?
Need full layout of the motherboard .....
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post Jul 2 2022, 09:31 PM

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QUOTE(k town shit @ Jul 2 2022, 09:02 PM)
How is this compare to Synology Disk Station ?
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I have never used Synology product before, so can't comment on it and compare with it.

QUOTE(moiskyrie @ Jul 2 2022, 09:06 PM)
For slot for gpu?
Can how many ssd/hdd?
Need full layout of the motherboard .....
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I believed only 1st slot is for GPU.

From this page under "Specifications":
https://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkStati...tion_P360_Tower

Storage Support[1]
Up to 2x 3.5" SATA HDD or 4x 2.5" SATA HDD; also supports up to 3x M.2 SSD (2 by onboard, 1 by M.2 to PCIe® adapter )
• 3.5" HDD up to 4TB each
• 2.5" HDD up to 1TB each
• Onboard M.2 SSD up to 4TB each
• M.2 SSD by M.2 to PCIe adapter up to 2TB


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Is the front I/O extended from the motherboard or separated?

How long it took from order to date received?

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QUOTE(quarantined @ Aug 5 2022, 03:09 PM)
Is the front I/O extended from the motherboard or separated?

How long it took from order to date received?
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I just checked, the front I/O is part of the motherboard itself.

Here is my order and delivery history:

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