Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Review A Truly Top-End Workstation

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Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower BIOS

The UEFI BIOS for the Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower is simple and straight to the point. It is easy to tab to different BIOS sections and adjust needed options.

After hitting Enter during the boot process, we can see the main BIOS screen. At the Main screen, we find typical BIOS functions found on these screens, with adjustable options on the right side.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS Main
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS Main

Next, we find the Device menu, and we will cycle through the remaining BIOS screens.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS Devices
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS Devices
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS Advanced
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS Advanced
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS System
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 BIOS System

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower Software

Our P920 did not include and pre-loaded software, none is really needed. On Lenovo’s website, one can find Lenovo Performance Tuner and use this to pre-tune application settings.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner Home
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner Home

Additionally, users can analyze how the system is performing and monitor the system to spot possible issues with the Monitor function.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner Monitor
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner Monitor

Users can create profiles of different system settings they prefer to use all from Lenovo’s app.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner Profiles
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner Profiles

And finally, users can checkup on System components under the Systems tab.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner System
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Performance Tuner System

One can keep updated with drivers and software through Lenovo’s website. A small app will need to be installed to begin this process.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Drivers And Sofatware Updates 1
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Drivers And Software Updates 1

After Start Scan, it will begin to check out your system to see if any drives or BIOS updates are needed.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Automatic Driver Updates
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Automatic Driver Updates

If one needs to download all the required drivers, a manual update can be selected and files saved to the local machine.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Manual Update
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Manual Update

Additionally, recovery media can be ordered through the last tab on the screen.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Order Recovery Media
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Order Recovery Media

Some like the ease of use of these automated solutions. Others have company security policies that do not allow them.

Let us now look at our system specifications and continue on with testing.

9 COMMENTS

  1. P620 looks to be the better, cheaper, faster option with a drawback that’s it’s not available at the moment.

  2. Looks to be a swan’s song of xeon/lenovo workstation especially after p620 was already announced. The only question is if p620 will be half or one third of the p920 price.
    Anyway, pity AMD is saving this for OEMs since if it would be in general market, man would be able to build even cheaper WS.

  3. Everybody blaming Apple for their pricey workstations.
    But, simply put, horsepower is expensive.

    When you go for professional workstation the order of magnitude is well above 25-30k.
    Apple, although more expensive seems not too far from this price tag.

    (writing this from my lenovo notebook which is great 🙂 )

  4. Their airflow design is rather poor though, second cpu heats up quite a lot more and higher than seems reasonable, because of that the rear fan goes bonkers and it is Very loud, now imagine an office space with 30 of these

  5. Wonder if Intel actually paid or otherwise leveraged Lenovo somehow to segment the Threadripper in the 600 series of their Workstation range. After all, to the clueless exec that is going to be signing off on these, 920 is exactly 300 more than 620, and the morer the betterer, like always.

    P620 is about 5x more desirable in all real world scenarios I can think of.

    Unfortunately, this doesn’t matter at all. These workstations sung their songs, and it’s game over for them anyway (willing to bet they will bleed a lot of market share in the next years). Everybody I know in my industry (Turbomachinery, heavy ANSYS users) say they got switched to mobile workstations in the last couple of years (myself included), and pointed towards local HPC cluster, or worse yet – AWS, for heavy lifting.

    You can imagine with COVID and WFH trends, it’s just going to become even worse for the big ol’ boxes.

    Too bad. I really like them. And no, working on a cluster can never feel* as fast, snappy and productive as working on your local beast.

    *subjectively, OFC

  6. @Turbo

    That and when media outlets use “Truly Top End” Workstation as their tagline and then a muted “first” for the competitor, it really highlights the focus on one to the other.

    It seems such a cold shoulder when the only reasons to not put the 620 up higher on the list are 600GB less memory and per core licensing models…

  7. “Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Review A Truly Top-End Workstation”

    A truly top-end in price, compared with P620?

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