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P70 and Windows 10 for Workstations

2019-04-09, 15:06 PM

Does anyone know about, or have any experience with, Windows 10 for Workstations running on a P70?

 

I have a quad CPU Xeon and ECC RAM.  Wondering if the P70 is capable to taking advantage of any of its enhanced features -- notably faster SMB for networking and ReFS in particular on NVME drives and Thunderbolt-attached external hard disks.  Also, if any support is provided for Optane RAM or SSD modules, that might be interesting for the future.

 

If these new capabilities do not work on a P70, would there still be any advantage to such an OS upgrade?  I am quite happy with the machine and would really like to wait longer before considering any replacement -- maybe, someday,  an 8 core, 8 K display, 128 GB RAM with USB 4 ports (perhaps model P73 or P74, or maybe a P80, if such a beast is every offered)..... might be wishful thinking!

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P70, Xeon 1505 CPU, 64 GB ECC RAM, Samsung 970 Pro 1 TB + 512 GB NVMe Drives, 1 TB HDD, DVD-RW, 4 K Display, NVIDIA Quadro M4000
W700 model 2757-CTO (8 GB RAM, Crucial MX-100 SSD + Hitachi TravelStar 1 TB 7200 RPM Drives, Bluray R/W, NVIDIA Quadro FX3700M, WUXGA); Windows 7 Ultimate SP-1, W700 Mini-Dock
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Re: P70 and Windows 10 for Workstations

2019-04-09, 19:42 PM
I run Pro for Workstation on some of my systems in P51. But I can answer only two of your questions. I use ReFS-formatted volume on NVMe and have no problems. As for the "Thunderbolt-attached external hard disk" then I have SSD attached to USB 3.1 attached to Thunderbolt slot at P51. I haven't yet seen Thunderbolt hdd/ssd boxes and will be glad to use it as soon as became available.
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Re: P70 and Windows 10 for Workstations

2019-04-09, 21:43 PM

Thanks.  Appreciate that at least we can surmise that the basic functionality "ought to" work.

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P70, Xeon 1505 CPU, 64 GB ECC RAM, Samsung 970 Pro 1 TB + 512 GB NVMe Drives, 1 TB HDD, DVD-RW, 4 K Display, NVIDIA Quadro M4000
W700 model 2757-CTO (8 GB RAM, Crucial MX-100 SSD + Hitachi TravelStar 1 TB 7200 RPM Drives, Bluray R/W, NVIDIA Quadro FX3700M, WUXGA); Windows 7 Ultimate SP-1, W700 Mini-Dock
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Re: P70 and Windows 10 for Workstations

2019-04-11, 17:11 PM

Thunderbolt hdd  It's already available, but it's expensive

 

P74 Thunderbolt3 be a USB4.

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Re: P70 and Windows 10 for Workstations

2019-04-11, 17:36 PM

I suggest caution with Lenovo USB-C attached DASD on the P-70. I have a Promise Pegasus RAID (Thunderbolt - on the Lenovo compatibility list) attached via USB-C (P70) and the Microsoft RAID driver will bluescreen if the device is unplugged while there's an active OS session (this includes hibernated sessions, like "fast startup" enabled laptops)- even if ejected correctly (even if there's no readable filesystem!) It's a nasty blue-screen; I've had more than one corrupted registry and other bizarre problems post-blue-screen that only a Windows restore would alleviate.

 

Microsoft blames Intel and Lenovo, Lenovo is silent (though it's on the compatibility list) and Intel blames "everyone else" because they refuse to take responsibility for their own standards. I'm leery of USB-C attached DASD on the P70 for that reason. The hardware causes the W541 the same problem, but no MacBook Pro I have used has ever had trouble. I found the P70 a wonderful laptop, but I can't integrate it into my Photo workflow for the risk of lost photos during a bluescreen event (which has happened).

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Re: P70 and Windows 10 for Workstations

2019-04-11, 17:48 PM

Thanks for the warning.  I've also had some strange issues with USB-C attached NVMe drives (in a Sabrent external case), as well.  Works OK when plugged into a USB-A port on the P70 but will sometimes prevent boot-up or shut down when attached to the C ports in back -- the case is delivered with a USB-3 cable with a handy adapter to allow either C or A connection.

 

Likey that Thunderbolt is still not ready for prime-time under Windows 10, particularly when the same port is supposed to understand which devices are attached and switch between protocols. 

 

 

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P70, Xeon 1505 CPU, 64 GB ECC RAM, Samsung 970 Pro 1 TB + 512 GB NVMe Drives, 1 TB HDD, DVD-RW, 4 K Display, NVIDIA Quadro M4000
W700 model 2757-CTO (8 GB RAM, Crucial MX-100 SSD + Hitachi TravelStar 1 TB 7200 RPM Drives, Bluray R/W, NVIDIA Quadro FX3700M, WUXGA); Windows 7 Ultimate SP-1, W700 Mini-Dock
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