Since many of our users are going to want to run different OSes on this, we wanted to give some of the key hardware specs. There is a lot on these machines that are customizable, but this at least gives you some sense of what hardware is available. If you want to know if your hardware is compatible with your OS, this list should help do that tie-out.
Here are the officially supported CPUs for the unit:
|Processor||Cores / Threads||Frequency Base/Max(GHz)||Cache||Memory Support (Up to)||Integrated Graphics|
|Core i3-8100||4/4||3.6G||6 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i3-8300||4/4||3.7G||8 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i5-8400||6/6||2.8G / 4.0G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-8500||6/6||3.0G / 4.1G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-8600||6/6||3.1G / 4.3G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i7-8700||6/12||3.2G / 4.6G||12 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i3-9100||4/4||3.6G / 4.2G||6 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i3-9300||4/4||3.7G / 4.3G||8 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i3-9320||4/4||3.7G / 4.4G||8 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i5-9400||6/6||2.9G / 4.1G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-9500||6/6||3.0G / 4.4G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-9600||6/6||3.1G / 4.6G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i7-9700||8/8||3.0G / 4.7G||12 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i3-8100T||4/4||3.1G||6 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i3-8300T||4/4||3.2G||8 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i5-8400T||6/6||1.7G / 3.3G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-8500T||6/6||2.1G / 3.5G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-8600T||6/6||2.3G / 3.7G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i7-8700T||6/12||2.4G / 4.0G||12 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i3-9100T||4/4||3.1G / 3.7G||6 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i3-9300T||4/4||3.2G / 3.8G||8 MB||DDR4-2400||UHD 630|
|Core i5-9400T||6/6||1.8G / 3.4G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-9500T||6/6||2.2G / 3.7G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i5-9600T||6/6||2.3G / 3.9G||9 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i7-9700T||8/8||2.0G / 4.3G||12 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
|Core i9-9900T||8/16||2.1G / 4.4G||16 MB||DDR4-2666||UHD 630|
- Up to 64GB in 2x DDR4-2400/ DDR4-2666 SODIMMs
Note: STH tested 2x 32GB Samsung SODIMMs and found the system can operate with 64GB of memory. This is one of the few systems that Lenovo has validated in this generation with 64GB of memory.
- 2.5″ SATA with Bracket (if not configured with NIC or GPU)
- 2x M.2 PCIe for NVMe SSDs
- Intel i219LM 1GbE
- Optional Intel i350-T4 quad port 1GbE
WiFi Support (Optional)
- Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 combo adapter, 2×2
- Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (dual band), Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0 combo adapter, Intel vPro technology support, 2×2
- Intel Q370 PCH
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Front (1x Type-A, 1x Type-C)
- 4x USB 3.1 Rear (2x Gen1, 2x Gen2)
OSes From Factory
- Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
- Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
The OS section can be a big deal. Sometimes the units are advertised as supporting Windows 10, but one gets a Windows 10 Home license. If you want to, or may want to, run Windows 10 Pro, knowing exactly which OS is on the device is ultra important. Although it did not come with Linux, we had our system running Proxmox VE as a Linux virtualization node.
Also, since the chipset supports vPro, one also needs to have a compatible CPU and WiFi adapter if one wants vPro over WiFi. A key tip is to look for a “vPro” sticker as an indication the unit is set up to support vPro.
Note: These systems sometimes change specs mid-generation. If you find another spec sheet with items you think we should add, please let us know in the comments.
Next, we are going to look at the performance and power consumption before getting to our final words.