Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Review A Truly Top-End Workstation


Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower SPECworkstation 3.0.2

SPECworkstation 3 has been updated to 3.0.2, which measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL and Direct X application programming interfaces. As a result of the new update, we cannot compare between past version 3 results, so we will show the screenshot of the results here and graph them in later reviews.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation 1
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation 1
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation 2
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation 2
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation Part 1
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation Part 1
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation Part 2
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 SPECworkstation Part 2

In SPECworkstation 3.0.2, the Intel Xeon Gold 6234, Dual NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 NVLINK plus storage options of the Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower all combine to give benchmark results for SPECworkstation 3.0.2. With two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000’s NVLINK in the P920 graphics related aspects of SPECworkstation jump a considerable amount.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower PassMark 9

PassMark Performance Test allows you to benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests; it tests the entire PC and all its components.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 PassMark
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 PassMark

Passmark 9 was a benchmark that prefers Intel-based processors and NVIDIA graphics cards.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is another system benchmark that we have not run to date but will start doing so in future reviews.

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 PCMark 10
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 PCMark 10

Next, we are going to look at some deep learning inference and training performance.


  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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