Lenovo P620 Threadripper Pro Workstation Power Consumption
Power consumption can vary a significant amount depending on processors used and the number of HDDs/SSDs/Expansion cards used. Here we test just a primary system. We test with the same graphics card and NVMe SSD in all our tests. Power is measured at the wall and the graphics card and SSD were not stress tested.
We use the AIDA64 Stress test for our tests, which allows us to stress all aspects of the system. Our Lenovo P620 Threadripper Pro Workstation pulled 467 watts at the wall when under full load and idled at 145watts. Workloads will vary here, and it would be possible to push load watts higher given more demanding applications.
We will quickly note here that even though we have a higher-power per socket CPU, only having one CPU can lead to lower power consumption, especially at idle. We would have liked if Lenovo took a bit of effort to make the system even quieter. There is a fairly substantial gap under load of a more bespoke unit with liquid cooling and more low power fans compared to the ThinkSation P620.
One of the biggest selling features of the ThinkStation P620 is not just its raw features. Instead, it is really being part of the Lenovo ecosystem. Lenovo has relationships with major ISVs to get these platforms certified. Likewise, Lenovo has its service organization as well as a focus on selling into corporate IT that can help organizations quickly deploy the ThinkStation P620.
It does put the ThinkStation portfolio, or at least the higher-end of the ThinkStation portfolio in a bit of a bind though. There are some features Intel has such as AVX-512, VNNI, and even Optane memory that can be important in many segments. Also, while AMD has more per-socket memory bandwidth, if one wants lower core counts with higher clock speeds and more memory bandwidth per core, Intel still has an advantage. At the same time, we are reviewing the 64-core Threadripper Pro part. That part is clearly out to not just set maximum performance per socket but also consolidate two Intel Xeon sockets to one AMD Threadripper Pro socket.
One has to recognize also that Lenovo is first with a Threadripper Pro system. At the time of this writing, Dell and HP do not offer them. We have now seen a few platforms for other smaller vendors surface with a wider availability in March, but Lenovo effectively had a two quarter lead on the market. It takes a lot to be the first-mover alone in a new platform.
At the end of testing this unit, something is for certain, Lenovo did an overall great job with the ThinkStation P620 both in design and also with the organizational courage to launch the platform first. There are small bits that, of course, we can find that we may want to change. Still, for most users, this is going to be an absolutely awesome platform.