The most compact dual processor Xeon workstation we have ever seen
Lenovo’s ThinkStation C30 is a remarkable feat of engineering. Two Intel Xeons crammed into a chassis that is smaller than most single CPU workstations. It is also incredibly quiet, even under heavy loading.
There is a trade off in having such a compact frame. The C30 only supports two GPUs and up to 128GB of memory, but this really should not impact most CAD/BIM workflows.
Lenovo’s choice of Xeon E5-2640 CPUs suggests our test machine is more suited to simulation than design visualisation, with the two six-core chips offering good price / performance for FEA or CFD. Ray trace rendering, on the other hand, thrives when more CPU cores are thrown at a render, so really warrants investment in eight core Xeons.
With this in mind some might consider the rest of the system to be a little unbalanced — 16GB RAM too light for complex CAE workflows and the 2TB 7,200RPM SATA crying out for a 256GB SSD to add some punch to the storage. However, if £4k is at the top end of your budget, don’t fret. For most simulation workflows, the more cost-effective Quadro K2000 or K4000 GPUs should be adequate replacements for the high-end Quadro K5000.
Of course, the ThinkStation C30 can pretty much be tweaked for any processor-intensive workflow. Its beauty lies in its chassis, which as far as we are aware is unrivalled when it comes to compact dual processor workstations.