In our Lenovo ThinkStation P620 review, we are going to see what this high-end workstation has to offer. We first covered the P620 in our Lenovo ThinkStation P620 first AMD Threadripper Pro Powered piece a few months ago. Ever since then, this has been a highly-anticipated review unit at STH because it is the first workstation to feature the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro or what we call the “WEPYC” since it is a workstation EPYC processor. With top-end single-socket performance and new features such as PCIe Gen4, it offers far more than any of Intel Xeon-based workstations as of this publication. In this review, we are going to take a look at the platform and how it performs.
Lenovo ThinkStation P620 Overview
We are going to split the platform into two parts. First, we are going to look at the exterior of the system, then we are going to look at the internals.
For some additional shots of the system, and to learn more about the CPU performance, you can check out our video “The WEPYC” embedded above. We suggest opening this on YouTube instead as it is more of an accompanying piece to this review, rather than the review itself. Just by nature of video, we have some additional views in there that we do not have in this review.
Lenovo ThinkStation P620 External Overview
The ThinkStation P620 will look a lot like another Lenovo product, the ThinkStation P520. Lenovo effectively took the existing chassis with a few changes and added an AMD variant capable of going head-to-head with its higher-end 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable servers.
On the front of the system we can see various I/O. There is a slim optical drive in ours along with multiple card reader slots and four USB 3.2 Gen2 ports that are 10Gbps for higher connectivity speeds. A nice feature is the dual Type-C ports along with two Type-A ports. Many workstations in this class only have one Type-C or all Type-A ports in the front.
Here Lenovo is using 5.25″ bays and we have another bay open in our chassis. If one really wants to add more optical drives or more I/O, this is a standard bay for that.
Something we will quickly note is that we get a single combo audio jack in front. This is actually less front audio I/O than we get on a small workstation like the Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tiny, but it is augmented by rear audio.
We are also going to notice that the majority of the front of the chassis is a mesh. Getting a little bit of lighting through the mesh lets us see the chassis fan and into the system. With the new Threadripper Pro 64-core parts and high-end GPUs, we end up needing a lot of cooling in the chassis.
Getting into the system, we have a nice handle. This is one of the better side panel access solutions in the industry.
Moving to the rear, we get audio out, PS/2 mouse and keyboard out, along with a multitude of USB Type-A (2x 2.0, 2x 3.2 Gen2.) We also get a 10Gbase-T port. Lenovo is using an AQuantia/ Marvel NIC for its system. This can also scale down to speeds such as 5GbE, 2.5GbE, and 1GbE. Frankly, at this price range, we would have liked to have seen at least one other NIC port of some type installed, even if that was just 1GbE/ 2.5GbE.
Below the main I/O we have six PCIe expansion slots. This is about normal for a chassis this size.
We also see the power supply. That has a cool feature that we are going to take a look at in our internal overview next.