Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Xeon E3-1226v3 3.3GHz Quad Core 4GB 1TB 450W 80+ Platinum PSU Server £260.99 - Ebuyer
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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Xeon E3-1226v3 3.3GHz Quad Core 4GB 1TB 450W 80+ Platinum PSU Server £260.99 - Ebuyer

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Found 31st Mar 2017
Seems a good couple hundred pounds cheaper than elsewhere. Yes it's been this price before and had cashback offers before that generally bring it to around this price.

I'd been waiting a couple weeks after holding off a very similar spec Dell T20 Xeon 1225 that's usually around £300. This Lenovo one is supposedly much quieter and usually priced from £450+.

Planning to turn mine into an unRAID server that'll do a few jobs, most importantly for me run a big Plex server. I'll be adding an extra 4GB ECC ram to bring the total to 8GB, not sure if this is necessary for my needs but was only £35.

Intel Xeon E3-1226v3 3.3Ghz Quad Core
4GB 1600Mhz DDR3 SDRAM ECC - in one slot, 4 slots max 32GB
Built in VGA / 2x Displayport to connect monitor without adding GPU - the Xeon chip has some form of built in graphics which should be more than enough for most
1 PCIe 3.0 16x - 1 PCIe 2.0 16x - 1 PCIe 2.0 x1 - 1 PCI
Gigabit LAN
Audio line in, line out, microphone

UPDATE:
Had mine delivered. Some pics of internals in comments. Confirmed it ships with the 450W 80+ Platinum PSU. Also has 3 internal full size hard drive slots, plus both of the 2 5.25" front optical bays have caddies inside for hard drives bringing the total to 5.

It uses a slim, laptop DVD drive so that there is also room for a hard drive in the top 5.25" slot.
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Do note that the Xeon E3-1226v3 doesn't have HT making it more an i5 rather than i7 as you might expect from a Xeon.
http://ark.intel.com/products/80917
If you want to look up Xeon specs, the wiki has a good overview and usually links back to ark.intel.com so you can verify nobody made a mistake with that list.
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ors
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Purchii

I have this Server, put in 32GB RAM but used it only for a week. I'll … I have this Server, put in 32GB RAM but used it only for a week. I'll give it away for £250 if anyone is interested, drop me a message. Will need to pick up from Putney in London.



Any particular issues to look out for?
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Purchii

None! It works perfectly. I am selling it because my company gave me a … None! It works perfectly. I am selling it because my company gave me a laptop with 16GB RAM which is plenty for running a couple of VMs.



Awesome, I'm waiting for the Yodel guy to turn up with mine and you had me worried for a second X)
I looked at this earlier but ended up getting the Dell T20.
Horses for courses
heat
Very happy with mine, tldr details below, hopefully someone finds it helpful.

Mine is the same model but with the slightly older E3-1225v3 CPU. Along with running Windows 10 on it, I have a flaky iMac and so made a backup image of the iMac's MacOS boot drive to an SSD, put that in the TS140 and run the Lenovo as a dual boot machine to a Dell monitor, though at the moment I mainly use the TS140 with Windows 10. It's reassuring that when the iMac dies, I have the backup reassurance that my workflow will only be slightly inconvenienced (it's the 27" 2010 iMac with the screen issues). The TS140's 4 core Xeon CPU is the equivalent of an i5 4570 or i5 4590 but with a larger cache. The integrated graphics is a variant of the Intel HD 4600 (I had to modify my bootloaders config.plist to get this 'P' variant it to work in the MacOS but it works well and Windows recognised it without issue).

Mine came with a 450W platinum power supply (there are two versions of this model, one lower power bronze-rated PSU) with one six pin PCI power plug for a graphics card. eBuyer specify the model is the 70A50022UK, which I think, though don't quote me on this, is the 450W pus model but it could be that the version eBuyer are currently seeking is the version with the 280W 80 PLUS Bronze PSU, so, depending on your usage, you might want to confirm with a phone call to eBuyer. At some point, for my 450W PSU model, I want to get a SATA power to PCI power converter adapter, so I can put my MSI GTX 670 in it, which takes two six pin pci power plugs. If that's not stable, I will replace the power supply but note that the supplied PSU and motherboard uses a proprietary socket, or at least it has a different number of pins, so you will need an adapter if buying a regular desktop PC power supply.

Build quality is great, or at least the time of purchase, I was surprised and delighted, very solid (reassuringly heavy and correspondingly fairly quiet; mine came with a slightly noisy case fan but simply re-seating it helped a bit and I will probably replace it at some point, anyway). I am not a fan of the laptop style DVD drawer but it works well. The quick change hard drive clip on caddies are a nice touch. Upgrade options and connectivity are a bit limited but then it's a server, so not directly comparable to a desktop PC, though it works well for me as one. I added a USB 3 hub. Hope this helps someone. Looking at the picture of the internals, assuming the picture is up to date, it looks pretty much the same as my TS140, as far as I can see, and I am happy to answer questions.

Hot for the price, even if the CPU is now slightly dated. I got mine with cash back from Lenovo, which came through promptly compared to my battle with HP (though in fairness to HP, they did eventually sort out the mistake and I got my cash back from them, too), but £260 without cash back, especially if it is the version with the 450W platinum-rated PSU, is a good deal.
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Noclouds

Very happy with mine, tldr details below, hopefully someone finds it … Very happy with mine, tldr details below, hopefully someone finds it helpful.



Just got mine, wondering is there really four hard drive bays?
I've found three, which is all I need anyway. Plenty of room for a fourth under the DVD drive but looks like it would need something to hold it in place.
Purchii

I have this Server, put in 32GB RAM but used it only for a week. I'll … I have this Server, put in 32GB RAM but used it only for a week. I'll give it away for £250 if anyone is interested, drop me a message. Will need to pick up from Putney in London.



What OS have you got on it out of curiosity?
Drive bay locations:
http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/PSREF_TS140_WE.pdf

And Lenovo have finally delivered a server to a HUKD member (_;). The debacles of the TS140 at Christmas and the TS150 in February have put me off.
ohaidoggie

What OS have you got on it out of curiosity?


It does not have an OS.
mrew42

I looked at this earlier but ended up getting the Dell T20.Horses for … I looked at this earlier but ended up getting the Dell T20.Horses for coursesheat



How does the Lenovo compare with the Dell? Or are they pretty much a muchness.?
BTW, if anyone is a student and wants Windows Server, you may be able to get it for free from Microsoft Imagine (formerly Dreamspark).
tawse57

How does the Lenovo compare with the Dell? Or are they pretty much a … How does the Lenovo compare with the Dell? Or are they pretty much a muchness.?

I have no experience of the Dell but did consider getting one. The attraction of the Lenovo, assuming the above has the same PSU, is that it came with a 450W Platinum PSU. I wouldn't expect it to perform as anything much beyond fit for purpose for a server and it has few options for multiple upgrade components but I felt that of the options available, it sounded the most flexible. Also, I had a heck of a job finding much information about it, if you wanted to fit a graphics card beyond one that draws its power purely from the PCIE socket. I found a fairly long forum, I can't remember if it was in German, but it detailed struggles people were having getting their graphics cards to work with it, which is to say using SATA power converters to six pin graphics cards connectors. My graphics cards have two six pin sockets and at least the Lenovo's 450W PSU, in the case of my model, had one six pin. Though I haven't tried adding a SATA to six pin converter, I found such things do exist while looking at cables for another project. I am hopeful it will work but as I haven't met anyone who has tried it, it's just speculation on my part. The Lenovo, I read, is quite picky about the memory you go with, if you don't go with ECC memory. I purchased but have not yet fitted Crucial Ballistix Sport 16 GB Kit (8 GB x 2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) UDIMM 240-Pin Memory for it, on the advice of a user who said it works. I am probably not going to fit the memory but use it in another project. The computer runs MacOS and Windows 10 well enough with the 4GB, I feel. If I turn it into a gaming rig, I will fit the memory then. Hopefully it will work okay.

If it was my money, especially if the Lenovo comes with the Platinum-rated 450 Watt PSU with 6pin PCI power connector for a graphics card, I would probably go for the Lenovo. I was impressed by the build quality, if not the aesthetics. The CPU in the Lenovo is slightly faster but not enough that you would notice, I think, unless you are a power user and sit there with a stopwatch, in which case an i7 or Xeon with hyper threading would be a better choice, if going the Intel route. Hope that helps. Not knocking the Dell, just haven't had any hands on and it was the PSU that sold me on the Lenovo. Hopefully the one above does come with the 450 Watt Platinum-rated PSU.

amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1
don't trust these people, they renege on accepted orders claiming lack of stock, in my recent experience.
Noclouds

I have no experience of the Dell but did consider getting one. The … I have no experience of the Dell but did consider getting one. The attraction of the Lenovo, assuming the above has the same PSU, is that it came with a 450W Platinum PSU. I wouldn't expect it to perform as anything much beyond fit for purpose for a server and it has few options for multiple upgrade components but I felt that of the options available, it sounded the most flexible. Also, I had a heck of a job finding much information about it, if you wanted to fit a graphics card beyond one that draws its power purely from the PCIE socket. I found a fairly long forum, I can't remember if it was in German, but it detailed struggles people were having getting their graphics cards to work with it, which is to say using SATA power converters to six pin graphics cards connectors. My graphics cards have two six pin sockets and at least the Lenovo's 450W PSU, in the case of my model, had one six pin. Though I haven't tried adding a SATA to six pin converter, I found such things do exist while looking at cables for another project. I am hopeful it will work but as I haven't met anyone who has tried it, it's just speculation on my part. The Lenovo, I read, is quite picky about the memory you go with, if you don't go with ECC memory. I purchased but have not yet fitted Crucial Ballistix Sport 16 GB Kit (8 GB x 2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) UDIMM 240-Pin Memory for it, on the advice of a user who said it works. I am probably not going to fit the memory but use it in another project. The computer runs MacOS and Windows 10 well enough with the 4GB, I feel. If I turn it into a gaming rig, I will fit the memory then. Hopefully it will work okay.If it was my money, especially if the Lenovo comes with the Platinum-rated 450 Watt PSU with 6pin PCI power connector for a graphics card, I would probably go for the Lenovo. I was impressed by the build quality, if not the aesthetics. The CPU in the Lenovo is slightly faster but not enough that you would notice, I think, unless you are a power user and sit there with a stopwatch, in which case an i7 or Xeon with hyper threading would be a better choice, if going the Intel route. Hope that helps. Not knocking the Dell, just haven't had any hands on and it was the PSU that sold me on the Lenovo. Hopefully the one above does come with the 450 Watt Platinum-rated PSU.https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007PNNTY4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1




Thanks for taking the time to write such an informative response.
Had my TS140 Xeon for a year or so now using as a home test server for clients to preview website work on - Java, PHP, etc. Works beautifully. Near silent, and low power usage. I put 32 GB of ram in and bought a second identical hard drive to run in Raid for extra reliability.
christopherbridg

don't trust these people, they renege on accepted orders claiming lack of … don't trust these people, they renege on accepted orders claiming lack of stock, in my recent experience.



I've had a read back through other deals on this - seems it was cheaper last year and even much cheaper in 2015.

I noticed in the threads some people complaining about their warranties already having months taken off them and haing to contact Lenovo to make sure that they have a 12 month warranty from time of purchase - actually, from time of delivery under distance selling regs.

I also saw one poster stating that when he applied for his Lenovo cashback the system he had in his hands apparently already had the cashback claimed on it. He contacted ebuyer and apparently they were not at all helpful. He had a few choice words to say about ebuyer.

Having ordered 2 times from ebuyer in the past 12 months and, after having both orders cancelled, I had to chase them up for the return of my cash I am loathe to order from them. I will keep an eye out for this with another supplier.

Edit: typos.
Edited by: "tawse57" 31st Mar 2017
Purchii

I have this Server, put in 32GB RAM but used it only for a week. I'll … I have this Server, put in 32GB RAM but used it only for a week. I'll give it away for £250 if anyone is interested, drop me a message. Will need to pick up from Putney in London.



I am interested. Please PM your email if you still have it.
You can buy server RAM for £25 (I bought mine from the same place but for £14.50 last year) Here or you can mix with non-ECC RAM. You paying £35 I think is a bit excessive.


Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 31st Mar 2017
Noclouds

Very happy with mine, tldr details below, hopefully someone finds it … Very happy with mine, tldr details below, hopefully someone finds it helpful.Mine is the same model but with the slightly older E3-1225v3 CPU. Along with running Windows 10 on it, I have a flaky iMac and so made a backup image of the iMac's MacOS boot drive to an SSD, put that in the TS140 and run the Lenovo as a dual boot machine to a Dell monitor, though at the moment I mainly use the TS140 with Windows 10. It's reassuring that when the iMac dies, I have the backup reassurance that my workflow will only be slightly inconvenienced (it's the 27" 2010 iMac with the screen issues). The TS140's 4 core Xeon CPU is the equivalent of an i5 4570 or i5 4590 but with a larger cache. The integrated graphics is a variant of the Intel HD 4600 (I had to modify my bootloaders config.plist to get this 'P' variant it to work in the MacOS but it works well and Windows recognised it without issue).Mine came with a 450W platinum power supply (there are two versions of this model, one lower power bronze-rated PSU) with one six pin PCI power plug for a graphics card. eBuyer specify the model is the 70A50022UK, which I think, though don't quote me on this, is the 450W pus model but it could be that the version eBuyer are currently seeking is the version with the 280W 80 PLUS Bronze PSU, so, depending on your usage, you might want to confirm with a phone call to eBuyer. At some point, for my 450W PSU model, I want to get a SATA power to PCI power converter adapter, so I can put my MSI GTX 670 in it, which takes two six pin pci power plugs. If that's not stable, I will replace the power supply but note that the supplied PSU and motherboard uses a proprietary socket, or at least it has a different number of pins, so you will need an adapter if buying a regular desktop PC power supply. Build quality is great, or at least the time of purchase, I was surprised and delighted, very solid (reassuringly heavy and correspondingly fairly quiet; mine came with a slightly noisy case fan but simply re-seating it helped a bit and I will probably replace it at some point, anyway). I am not a fan of the laptop style DVD drawer but it works well. The quick change hard drive clip on caddies are a nice touch. Upgrade options and connectivity are a bit limited but then it's a server, so not directly comparable to a desktop PC, though it works well for me as one. I added a USB 3 hub. Hope this helps someone. Looking at the picture of the internals, assuming the picture is up to date, it looks pretty much the same as my TS140, as far as I can see, and I am happy to answer questions.Hot for the price, even if the CPU is now slightly dated. I got mine with cash back from Lenovo, which came through promptly compared to my battle with HP (though in fairness to HP, they did eventually sort out the mistake and I got my cash back from them, too), but £260 without cash back, especially if it is the version with the 450W platinum-rated PSU, is a good deal.



Thanks for the informative post - how easy was it to hackintosh it? anything not working when? did you install Sierra?

does the PSU have 1x6 pin or none for graphics?
At the end of the ebuyer listing, it has reviews for the TS140 70A5 model, suggesting that is what they're selling. That is the 450W PSU. See lenovo.com/psr…pdf
michaelstiff

At the end of the ebuyer listing, it has reviews for the TS140 70A5 … At the end of the ebuyer listing, it has reviews for the TS140 70A5 model, suggesting that is what they're selling. That is the 450W PSU. See http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/PSREF_TS140_WE.pdf




It says 450 watt power supply in the full description - but whether you can trust them or not?
Pretty sure I read all Eurooen TS140s were the 450w version. Got 32GB ram in mine running unRAID hosting Dockers and VMs. Brilliant quiet low power consumption machine
Does this run Crysis in Ultra?
You can find the manufacturer part code (70A50022UK) at the top of the ebuyer listing. Here is a link to the data for this model which indicates a 450W PSU. I ordered for delivery tomorrow and it's already been shipped. Thanks OP.
Edited by: "rdlowry" 31st Mar 2017
The Lenovo cashback scheme ends tonight. I wonder if from April 1st we are going to see this on other etailers with some new cashback option. Perhaps ebuyer have jumped the gun because they are not included on any new cashback deal?
fizz

Thanks for the informative post - how easy was it to hackintosh it? … Thanks for the informative post - how easy was it to hackintosh it? anything not working when? did you install Sierra?does the PSU have 1x6 pin or none for graphics?

The 450W model in mine has one six pin.

I own an iMac so it was straightforward using the Carbon Copy Cloner app to clone the iMac's El Capitan partition. I won't run through the process, here, because even though I own licensed MacOS operating systems on Mac hardware and can do as I like with my own equipment in my own home, I am not sure it would be within the terms of hotukdeals to do a how-to. I can say that for people who purchase the MacOS from Apple, tonymacx86 is one place that covers the install on a TS140, though not how to get the Xeon's P variant of the HD 4600 working.
RE: the PSU.
Ebuyer say the model name is 70A50022UK and according to this doc (taking the UK part away):
http://www.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/ThinkServer.pdf
https://i.imgur.com/7bB5yVU.png
https://i.imgur.com/Vqfahwt.png
450W 92% efficiency but this only has 4GB. Plus efficiency should be voltage dependent as it's easier to get higher ratings at 240V than 110-120V.
Googling '70A50022UK psu' seems to throw up mention of 450W Gold.

Hm, nevermind. The link rdlowry has above seems to confirm 450W Platinum although it too still says 8GB not 4GB.

I wonder if from April 1st we are going to see this on other etailers … I wonder if from April 1st we are going to see this on other etailers with some new cashback option.



Come on - you know they won't honour it
Noclouds

The 450W model in mine has one six pin. I own an iMac so it was … The 450W model in mine has one six pin. I own an iMac so it was straightforward using the Carbon Copy Cloner app to clone the iMac's El Capitan partition. I won't run through the process, here, because even though I own licensed MacOS operating systems on Mac hardware and can do as I like with my own equipment in my own home, I am not sure it would be within the terms of hotukdeals to do a how-to. I can say that for people who purchase the MacOS from Apple, tonymacx86 is one place that covers the install on a TS140, though not how to get the Xeon's P variant of the HD 4600 working.



​thanks, I currently have a core2duo hack.
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tawse57

[quote=michaelstiff] It says 450 watt power supply in the full … [quote=michaelstiff] It says 450 watt power supply in the full description - but whether you can trust them or not?



Here's some pictures from inside mine, delivered today from this deal. Confirm 450W 80+ Platinum PSU.

PSU label
Inside 1
Inside 2

All I have changed in these pics is added 2 extra hard drives. The middle slot came filled with the rest empty. I think there's room for one, perhaps two, more up near the slim DVD drive.
Edited by: "sneakybifta" 31st Mar 2017
sneakybifta

Here's some pictures from inside mine, delivered today from this deal. … Here's some pictures from inside mine, delivered today from this deal. Confirm 450W 80+ Platinum PSU.


Doesn't seem to be in the PSU review database
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/FSP.htm
But that's no surprise since it's most likely OEM only.
However, FPS only make three lines of Platinum PSUs:
- the consumer Aurum 92+ which are all semi modular
- the consumer Aurum PT which are 850W, 1000W and 1200W fully modular
- the ETN line which matches your label.
No reviews, but they are probably based on a similar design as the smaller Aurum 92+ although possible using worse quality parts. The FSP Aurum 92~+ 450W sells for $90 on newegg. Certainly like to be better quality than many PSUs.
Its just a bloody big coffee machine
sneakybifta

Here's some pictures from inside mine, delivered today from this deal. … Here's some pictures from inside mine, delivered today from this deal. Confirm 450W 80+ Platinum PSU.PSU labelInside 1Inside 2All I have changed in these pics is added 2 extra hard drives. The middle slot came filled with the rest empty. I think there's room for one, perhaps two, more up near the slim DVD drive.




Oh, you actually got one from ebuyer. I am surprised. When did you order it?
can it take long graphic cards, is there enough space?
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tawse57

Oh, you actually got one from ebuyer. I am surprised. When did you order … Oh, you actually got one from ebuyer. I am surprised. When did you order it?



Late Wednesday night, arrived today.
Heat from me, it's a lot of processing power for not a lot of money with a cpu benchmark of 7497.Stick in 32gb ram and a very nice esxi box.
Noclouds

The 450W model in mine has one six pin. I own an iMac so it was … The 450W model in mine has one six pin. I own an iMac so it was straightforward using the Carbon Copy Cloner app to clone the iMac's El Capitan partition. I won't run through the process, here, because even though I own licensed MacOS operating systems on Mac hardware and can do as I like with my own equipment in my own home, I am not sure it would be within the terms of hotukdeals to do a how-to. I can say that for people who purchase the MacOS from Apple, tonymacx86 is one place that covers the install on a TS140, though not how to get the Xeon's P variant of the HD 4600 working.



Did you get QE/CI working?
I'm looking for something to act as a CCTV server and this seems decent enough but I'm not too convince there isn'td better out there just because this seems a little old now.

https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?t=1261853

In this link some guy buys it for £389 with £75 cashback. This isn't much more expensive than it is now and the thread is over two years old. Is it still worth was much as it was two years ago?
Sp0oner

Did you get QE/CI working?

I won't talk about the how-to, here, but yes. Almost all of the credit should go to Rehabman who kindly, must be about a year ago, now, and little noticed, responded to my urging, he did the work and I just tested and confirmed to him that it worked. I think it's still documented on tonymacx86. Slight glitches on the boot screen but boots quickly, no artefacts, fluid and smooth, can change screen resolutions. I haven't had a chance to try it with Linux, yet. Easy Windows 10 install.
tech3475

BTW, if anyone is a student and wants Windows Server, you may be able to … BTW, if anyone is a student and wants Windows Server, you may be able to get it for free from Microsoft Imagine (formerly Dreamspark).



Interesting info. that, do you happen to have a link for that please?. :-)
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