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Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-03-06, 18:39 PM

Hello Everyone,

Lenovo Sales wasn't much help.  M900 Tiny and M700 Tiny owners, what features/performances are available on the M900 Tiny that the M700 Tiny doesn't have?  

 

My M700 Tiny config; i7-6700T 2.8G, Windows 10 Home, 16G DDR4 SoDIMM, Wireless Intel 8260 AC(2x2)+BT4.1 Tiny, Slim DVD Recordable device, 2 Display Port inputs, 1 HDMI input 

 

Same components as available for the M900 Tiny but the M700 Tiny is still cheaper. 

 

The M900Tiny has Intel vPro (Don't need it), supports RAM up to 32GB (Don't need it), supports PCIe Storage <<< I thought the M700 Tiny has supports this too because M.2 component is available?  

 

Is the same motherboard used for both models?  Would the M700 Tiny performance be the same if configured with the same components as the M900 Tiny?

 

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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-03-07, 11:40 AM

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The M900Tiny has Intel vPro (Don't need it), supports RAM up to 32GB (Don't need it), supports PCIe Storage <<< I thought the M700 Tiny has supports this too because M.2 component is available?  

 

Is the same motherboard used for both models?  Would the M700 Tiny performance be the same if configured with the same components as the M900 Tiny?

Different Intel chipset implies a different motherboard.   Providing processor, memory, storage is the same speed, I would suspect that the performance is the same or similar. 

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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-04-20, 1:58 AM

I purchased the highest level of all Lenovo Tiny M900 offered options, so I would not miss out on anything (Feb 2016)

The M900 sports a bonafide PCI-E x4 bus leading to a "M" M.2 connector.

On my computer, Windows 10 Pro is installed and secure booting from a Samsung NVMe 500GB drive connected to the M.2 connector. I use a Samsung Evo 850 1TB SSD as the 2.5" data storage drive.

 

Although the offered SSD's were only 128GB, I purchased the highest costing offerings of them and simply replaced them with larger capacity options. I feel this is why I received the bootable PCI-E x4 NVMe feature which was not shown on any options screens.

 

The M700 sports a similar "looking" connector which is only at SATA speed. (according to the check-out options page I just checked). It said "M.2 SATA"

 

The M900 has 6 USB 3.0 ports, 2 front, 4 back. The rear USB ports are in a single line across the bottom.

I opt'd for a VGA port, an HDMI dongle and a DVI dongle. I've not had to use the dongles yet.

 

If you are short of cash, there are other cheaper "tiny" PCs you could find.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-04-20, 2:12 AM

Thanks for the input.


NVMe prices are too high for me.  I'll have to endure the ~ 500MB read/write speeds of SATA drives for the next 2 years until the prices come down.  Today's price:  Samsung 950 Pro MZ-V5P512BW 512GB M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe 3.0X4 SSD is $476 CDN vs Sandisk X400 1T SSD is around $320.

 

Other than the NVMe functionality, are there any other usable advantages of opting for the M900 (over the M700)?

 

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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-04-20, 2:56 AM


 Other than the NVMe functionality, are there any other usable advantages of opting for the M900 (over the M700)?



I'd say Yes..in bragging rights. As in, my PC can beat up your PC. <snicker>

 

Really though,

If you get an SSD, (any SSD), you will be miles and miles ahead of any spinning drive, for sure, and the SATA interface on the M900 is 6GBps, not the older cheaper 3GBps found in cheaper models.

I think you will do well whatever you decide.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-04-20, 3:01 AM
Not to forget,
The Intel vPro CPU is an advantage if your machine is in a corporate domain and your IT staff uses it's features for maintenance.

You've already given the other differences in your first post.
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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-04-20, 4:01 AM

Good chat!

 

Thanks.  I think in a few years when nvme becomes the affordably new standard, I'll replicate your blazing fast workstation for sure.

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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-04-20, 18:41 PM

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Really though,

If you get an SSD, (any SSD), you will be miles and miles ahead of any spinning drive, for sure, and the SATA interface on the M900 is 6GBps, not the older cheaper 3GBps found in cheaper models.

I think you will do well whatever you decide.

 

The contributor M900 makes all good points, but just to be clear, the M700 uses 6Gb SATA 3.0 the same as the M900.    There aren't any current ThinkCenter models using 3Gb SATA for primary storage drives regardless of price point (the older 3Gb SATA 2.0 spec was phased out for primary drives several years ago. )

 

Using the document here, you can compare all the speeds and feeds of the M700 with the M900. 

 

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Re: Configure M700 Tiny vs. M900 Tiny

2016-05-03, 5:48 AM
How's the heat from the 950? Supposedly they run pretty hot. I'd like to avoid having the fan run harder (louder) than necessary, as noise reduction is important to me. I have an M900 i7 on order and am looking for the right boot SSD to put in it. Which model M900 is yours?
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