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New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-09-29, 20:05 PM


Announcement:
Lenovo Workstations Kicks Off World Tour: Introducing the ThinkStation P920 and P720

 

Microsite: ThinkWorkstations.com

 

Key Product Highlights:

  • The new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors – offering industry-leading speed of up to 3.6GHz
  • Increased 6-channel DDR4 memory with ECC per socket to support the heaviest computational needs
  • Faster memory speeds and support for up to 28 cores per CPU for professionals
  • Full RAID support for NVMe drives – a necessity for those customers who are tackling reading and writing large CAD project files
  • The latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics

P920:

P920 US Market Order Page: https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/workstations-thinkstation-p-series/thinkstation-p-series-towers/ThinkStation-P920-Tower/p/33TS3TPP920


P720:

P720 US Market Order Page: https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/workstations-thinkstation-p-series/thinkstation-p-series-towers/ThinkStation-P720-Tower/p/33TS3TPP720


 

Availability for purchase will be announced soon.


If you have any questions, ask away!

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-10-05, 13:45 PM

Nice, thanks for the informative post and the link.

When are due to the european market?

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-10-05, 19:02 PM

Greetings,

Wow.  Computers are getting crazy.  2TB of RAM in a single desktop box?  60TB of storage?  Oh how far we've come.

Cheers,

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-10-14, 21:07 PM

@ Is the ThinkStation® Quad M.2 Adapter (pictured in the P920 datasheet PDF) something which would also work with the P900? If yes, do you maybe have a better image of the card (or specs) and perhaps an FRU?

 

I can't seem to find anything about it online... :)

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-10-16, 2:37 AM

: The Quad M.2 adapter should work in the P900. However, it would only work in hardware JBOD mode since the P900 doesn't support CPU-based hardware RAID like the P920. You could use software RAID instead if that's your goal over JBOD.

 

FRUs and images aren't online yet. If happens to have one in the lab, perhaps he can share a photo.

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-10-16, 2:56 AM

@erik: Thanks! JBOD is also fine. I'll keep an eye on this topic (and the web), as more information becomes available. The adapter sounds like a great solution for expanding fast internal storage.

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-10-16, 18:29 PM

Well I guess since the Quad M.2 AIC (add-in-card) was listed in the P920 datasheet, we're officially allowed to talk about it.

 

It should function OK in a P900 (or P910 for that matter), but there are some additional steps required and some drawbacks in terms of support.  Putting this card in a P900/910 is essentially like putting 4 of our individual M.2 NVMe carrier cards in the system.  All it's doing in that scenario is providing PCIe lanes connected directly back to the CPU.  So I wouldn't even say the drives get set up as JBOD as there's no intermediate controller sitting in the path between the drive and CPU.

 

The one thing you'll have to change to make this card work in those platforms is that you'll have to set up the PCIe slot you are using to be bifurcated.  This means that instead of BIOS treating that slot like a single x16 slot (with a single device), it will instead set the slot up to look for up to 4 devices in that slot.  This will be required in order to get all drives to actually be detected.  To do this, you would go into BIOS setup --> Advanced --> IIO configuration --> and then choose the slot you wish to install the Quad M.2 AIC into and change the (bifurcation) setting from Auto to "x4, x4, x4, x4".  Then save and exit.

 

If you're looking specifically at P900/910 with the idea of supporting 4 x M.2 NVMe, it would probably be a lot more cost effective to simply add 4 x M.2 NVMe drives to the FLEX connectors using the M.2 FLEX adapters, unless those FLEX connectors/slots are already being used for some other function.  I think the cost of 2 x M.2 FLEX adapters will be well under the cost of the Quad M.2 AIC.  Of course, if you're looking for even more M.2 NVMe storage, then go for it!

 

I'll see if I can get some pics of the adapter.  I need to make sure the cards I have on hand are actually the latest production version first.




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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-11-16, 3:59 AM

@psuturtle - Thank you for the detailed reply! The BIOS adjustment is not an issue provided that everything else works fine. Is there a limitation on the type of NVMe drive used (ie. an aftermarket solution should function)? Yes, the price would be a factor in the equation, but I couldn't find any information on this just yet, so I guess I'll have to wait and see. :)

 

I can't open my machine at the moment, but didn't the flex adapters support only one NVMe and one M.2 SATA drive? I seem to recall seeing an inscription on the card itself about this. I currently only have one SATA drive in it.

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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-11-21, 3:31 AM

Aftermarket drives should work OK on the quad AIC.  We're not doing anything on the card side that would limit only specific drives from working. 

 

What is your current system?  The only platform that limited the M.2 FLEX adapter to supporting just a single NVMe drive was the P500/P510 (this was because there was only 4 PCIe lanes wired to the FLEX connector on those platforms).  P7XX and P9XX should support 2 x M.2 NVMe per FLEX adapter.




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Re: New Product Launch: ThinkStation P920 and P720

2017-11-22, 17:41 PM

Which new processors SKUs are supported on P720?

Using the ecommerce online configurator usually I can't see all the different options (usually I order via VARs).

 

Usually I inspect the list on http://thinkstation-specs.com/ but the page for P720 isn't up.

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