Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q-1 Tiny AMD Ryzen-based TMM Review


Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q-1 Tiny Performance and Power Consumption

Instead of going through the entire Linux-Bench test suite, we are going to show a few performance and power numbers here to give a general sense of performance. We actually planned to do storage testing, but then we realized that there was a huge variability in terms of what drives could be found in machines.

Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark

This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from kernel.org, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:

AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE Linux Kernel Compile Benchmark
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE Linux Kernel Compile Benchmark

We saw an interesting pattern in many of our benchmarks. The 4 core/ 8 thread AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE performed about in-line with the 6C/6T Intel Core i5 offerings.

7-zip Compression Performance

7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.

AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE 7zip Compression Benchmark
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE 7zip Compression Benchmark

The first Project TinyMiniMicro nodes we looked at were the Project TinyMiniMicro HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Mini units. Those are the A6 and A10 models below. One can see that we consistently get at least 2-4x the performance of those units at about 3x the cost. We also get newer graphics and newer platform features such as 802.11ac versus 802.11n. As a result, the newer models are a significantly more pleasant experience if you want to use these as a desktop.

OpenSSL Performance

OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many server stacks. We first look at our sign tests:

AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE OpenSSL Sign Benchmark
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE OpenSSL Sign Benchmark

Here are the verify results:

AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE OpenSSL Verify Benchmark
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE OpenSSL Verify Benchmark

Again, we see a fairly consistent pattern where these are slightly faster than the Intel Core i5-8500T. It is not an enormous delta as we see moving to higher-end parts such as the Core i7-8700T, but it is there. Perhaps this is a case where the Ryzen 5 brand matches well with the Core i5 brand.

Next, we are going to discuss power consumption before getting to our final words.


  1. Hi, would it be possible to test AMD Dash? We all know vPro and the possibility of the KVM and remote Restart/PowerOn.

    But about AMD DASH there is not so much information and mostly just AMD advertising or outdated. Thank you very much!

  2. I paid $200 ish dollars for three m75q-1 units. They came with the Ryzen5 pro 3400GE, 512Gb SSD and 16Gb RAM.

    I’ve increased the memory to 32Gb bringing the total cost up to around $320 and couldn’t be happier. You’re right that at the price you paid for your unit, its probably not worth it, but if you can score a deal in the $200-350 region these units can’t really be beaten. The optional expansion slots are hard to find components for. Mine came with VGA which suits me. The onboard NIC is a Realtek RTL8111 so no vmware for me.. but Proxmox more than wonderful on this thing.

    Happy bunny here, but I was very lucky in getting mine at such a good price

  3. ECC is a good question. I was wondering, since the heat sink was not straight front to back whether the CPU and socket underneath were also diagonally mounted. Did I miss something or did you not say?

  4. Adam – That is a good idea.

    eric – I am extremely jealous. That is a great deal.

    ECC? – Unlikely. With these machines, if it is not listed in specs, it is usually not available.

    Eric Olson – you can see the socket is not diagonally mounted. You can see the edge in some of the pictures with the fan/ shroud removed. It is just the heatsink fins.

  5. Eric– I don’t see a price out there remotely like what you say you paid for your units. Where did you find them? EBay? Even there I can’t find anything like your price. Would appreciate being pointed at a seller


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