Lenovo ThinkStation P410 Workstation Review
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
Product: Lenovo ThinkStation P410 workstation PC
Lenovo ThinkStation P410 Workstation
The P410 workstation rendered my weekly video projects (all at 720p and with multiple effects) in better than three-quarters of the time. My workstation takes 2:34 to render in Adobe Media Encoder; the P410 took the same project and rendered it in 41 seconds. And I'm using a NVIDIA Titan X GPU, too. I tried pushing the rendering by creating an 86GB video project and rendered it as an uncompressed avi. The P410 took just 4:30 to render this project. That is phenomenal power and speed. Overall, the P410 gave me a decrease of nearly 75% of time and effort in all of my weekly/daily tasks, which is a phenomenal impact for an entry level workstation.
Practically everything I threw at this workstation simply flew by in rendering. At one point, I tried to overload the system with multiple applications, browsers, online video and running a video game all at the same time: nothing could slow down or cause the P410 to stutter.
Just for the record, my geekbench scores were excellent (cpu=20,000, gpu open cl=66,300). Maxon Cinebench scores were equally good: cpu=1173, gpu open gl=160fbs). All of these scores are in the top percentiles in each database, but then we already know that the cpu/gpu combination in the P410 are going to score high in tests.
inside the p410
Advantages of the P410
I use external drives in a lot of my video work and the ThinkStation P410 makes it easy to accomodate these drives. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports on the back of the workstation along with two more USB ports, a 9-1 card reader with audio in/out on the front of the computer.
There is some room for improvement, however, a wifi-card does not come standard (I had to buy a usb network card to connect to my home wireless network). You can add a wifi-card when you create your build if you like, but this should be included with the base unit. Also, the DVD rw drive is generic and fairly slow compared to many other models out there. And finally, while the entry level price for the P410 ($1,043.10) is cheap, once you start adding ssd drives and a Quadro card the price starts zooming up. The base model could be beefed up a bit in order to be even more competitive with other workstation companies.
However, the balance between power and affordability is very high with this workstation. Lenovo is doing a great job here and it's easy to see why they are giving other workstation manufacturers a challenge. Lenovo makes it easy for you to create the P410 build that works just right for your financial needs as well as your power/speed needs in a workstation.
If I were to purchase a mainstream entry level workstation, I'd choose Lenovo and in particular the ThinkStation P410. I highly recommend the P410 to anyone looking to buy their first workstation or for professionals looking for a great balance between power and price.
Purchasing the P410
You can, however, make your own combination of components starting with the base unit which costs $811.30. The Lenovo website is very easy to use and I recommend that you research the power you need for your own workflow before you create your own version of the P410.
Note: the review unit of the ThinkStation P410 came with the outstanding ThinkVision P27 27" Wide UHD IPS monitor. Although I'm not reviewing the monitor here, I do want to say that it was a pleasure to use. Rivaling the Retina displays on my Macbook Pro, the P27 brought crystal clear images, crisp and readable text and is very easy to set up and use. This monitor would make a great combination with the P410. You can find out more info on the P27 monitor here.
Recent update from Lenovo on the P-series workstation:
Lenovo has recently announced 2017 updates to their P-series workstations. The updates include: