The Lenovo ThinkStation P920 harkens from roots as both a server and as a workstation. Modern high-end workstations are very similar to high-end servers. They can use dual Intel Xeon CPUs, have lots of memory and storage, and include several high-dollar GPUs. That is very similar to what we would see in a server. With the Lenovo ThinkStation P920 the company has a workstation in a 2U server chassis that allows the workstation to be installed in a data center. Workstations installed in a data center can have better physical security and uptime. They can also have access to more network bandwidth and network storage bandwidth as well.
Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Rack Workstation Server Hybrid
At the heart of the Lenovo ThinkStation P920 are up to two Intel Xeon Scalable processors. That means the system can support up to 56 cores and 112 threads at speeds up to 4.4GHz. Lenovo is also using the Intel C624 PCH, which is a higher-end version of the C621 we normally see with support for 10GbE. Check out our Lewisburg PCH Options Overview to learn more about them. With dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the P920 is designed for up to 3TB of memory, presumably using “M” series Xeon SKUs.
The standard storage configuration for the Lenovo ThinkStation P920 is a 8x 3.5″ hard drive bay plus 2x M.2 SATA boot drive configuration. Add-in NVMe PCIe cards are optional for higher-performance in-chassis storage.
For GPUs, options include dual NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000, Quadro RTX 5000, and NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. There is also a quad NVIDIA Tesla T4 option.
Since the Lenovo ThinkStation P920 is designed to be a hybrid workstation and server, there are features for data center manageability such as hot-swap redundant power supplies as well as Lenovo XClarity Controller-based remote management. OS Support also looks more like server with support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019, RHEL 7.6, SLES, and VMware vSphere 6.7 (ESXi.)