Workstation Performance

For our performance analysis, we will split this into two parts. Firstly we will add in the data for the system as it was sent, in a 1x8GB DRAM configuration. After this is a discussion with 2x4GB results, showing the importance of maintaining a dual configuration setup. For comparison points, we are picking up Dustin’s array of workstation review results, although a couple of the newer benchmarks have fewer data points.

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 (Xeon E3-1276 v3 + Quadro K4000)
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DigitalStorm Slade Pro (Xeon E5-2687W v2 + Quadro K4000)
BENCHMARK DigitalStorm Slade Pro ThinkStation P300
PCMark 8 (Home, OpenCL) 4879 3834
PCMark 8 (Creative, OpenCL) 4094 3160
PCMark 8 (Work, OpenCL) 4591 4505
Cinebench R15 (OpenGL) 102.85 118.6
Cinebench R15 (Single-Threaded) 123 158
Cinebench R15 (Multi-Threaded) 1218 769
x264 5.0 (Pass 1) 95.53 69.16
x264 5.0 (Pass 2) 25.43 16.58

Point Calculations – 3D Movement Algorithm Test: link

3DPM is a self-penned benchmark, taking basic 3D movement algorithms used in Brownian Motion simulations and testing them for speed. High floating point performance, MHz and IPC wins in the single thread version, whereas the multithread version has to handle the threads and loves more cores.

3D Particle Movement: Single Threaded

3D Particle Movement: MultiThreaded

Compression – WinRAR 5.0.1: link

Our WinRAR test from 2013 is updated to the latest version of WinRAR at the start of 2014. We compress a set of 2867 files across 320 folders totaling 1.52 GB in size – 95% of these files are small typical website files, and the rest (90% of the size) are small 30 second 720p videos.

WinRAR 5.01, 2867 files, 1.52 GB

Image Manipulation – FastStone Image Viewer 4.9: link

Similarly to WinRAR, the FastStone test us updated for 2014 to the latest version. FastStone is the program I use to perform quick or bulk actions on images, such as resizing, adjusting for color and cropping. In our test we take a series of 170 images in various sizes and formats and convert them all into 640x480 .gif files, maintaining the aspect ratio. FastStone does not use multithreading for this test, and thus single threaded performance is often the winner.

FastStone Image Viewer 4.9

Video Conversion – Handbrake v0.9.9: link

Handbrake is a media conversion tool that was initially designed to help DVD ISOs and Video CDs into more common video formats. The principle today is still the same, primarily as an output for H.264 + AAC/MP3 audio within an MKV container. In our test we use the same videos as in the Xilisoft test, and results are given in frames per second.

HandBrake v0.9.9 LQ FilmHandBrake v0.9.9 2x4K

Rendering – PovRay 3.7: link

The Persistence of Vision RayTracer, or PovRay, is a freeware package for as the name suggests, ray tracing. It is a pure renderer, rather than modeling software, but the latest beta version contains a handy benchmark for stressing all processing threads on a platform. We have been using this test in motherboard reviews to test memory stability at various CPU speeds to good effect – if it passes the test, the IMC in the CPU is stable for a given CPU speed. As a CPU test, it runs for approximately 2-3 minutes on high end platforms.

POV-Ray 3.7 Beta RC4

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 BIOS and Software System Benchmarks
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  • MadDuffy - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    IBM doesn't have anything to do with this. We are coming up on a DECADE since that unit was sold to Lenovo. Reply
  • hojnikb - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    Thats why you build your own workstation and get exactly what you need :) Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    And non-ECC on a Xeon!

    I seriously don't understand that, for this kind of money. And ECC versions of unbuffered dimms are only a bit more.
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  • GTVic - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    I don't understand the point of whining about specs on a particular model of computer. What you and other posters apparently don't understand that this is the base model of the lowest end computer in the P-Series lineup. If you want options for ECC, SSD, etc then you would typically start at the P500 model and specify options that suit your budget from there. Reply
  • basroil - Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - link

    ECC versions are NOT a bit more, usually fetch 20% more. And that's recent, it used to be that ECC versions of 8gb sticks were almost double the price!

    For the E3 series and CAD, ECC ram isn't really necessary though, and any savings are good
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  • duploxxx - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    nothing wrong with 8GB ram on a base model with a 4core cpu and a generic HD. you need to see specs in perspective.

    although 1 * 8 i would prefer 2 * 4
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  • tyger11 - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    Who is this 'IBM' of which you speak? :) Reply
  • retrospooty - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    The P300 is the low end of the workstation lineup. The P500,700,900 are all above it. http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/workstations/thinksta... Reply
  • mdrury - Monday, November 10, 2014 - link

    Just FYI - IBM sold it's PC division to Lenovo in 2005, and is currently in the midst of selling off it's X86-based server division (System X) to Lenovo as well. So curse (or praise) the Chinese company called Lenovo, not IBM. :-) Reply
  • satai - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - link

    Hard Drive Seagate 1TB 7200RPM SSHD. o'rly? Reply

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