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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Xeon E3 Tower Server (ServersPlus) £379.08 (£279.08 after cashback) inc.
Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Xeon E3 Tower Server (ServersPlus) £379.08 (£279.08 after cashback) inc.

Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Xeon E3 Tower Server (ServersPlus) £379.08 (£279.08 after cashback) inc.

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Includes Xeon E3-1226 v3 3.3GHz CPU, 4GB ECC DDR3 RAM (Max 32GB) and 1TB hard disk, plus optical drive, 6 x USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. VGA and 2 x Displayport output with audio.

Good first server, or very capable desktop (I use one as my main desktop).

More expensive than the Dell T20 with similar specs, but has a few advantages - 5 x internal SATA ports (rather than 4), audio over Displayport and better build quality.

£100 cashback from Lenovo this month for this model (70A50022UK) bringing eventual cost (inc. P & P) down to £279.08

22 Comments

I've been looking for a server to use as a NAS. Looked at the T20, this, and the HP Microserver. Went used instead as £95 gets you a nehalem era xeon, 16GB ECC Registered DDR3, plus 12 3.5" bays. A little under £8 per drive bay vs this at £55. Not gonna be suitable for everyone since this obviously has more CPU performance and single thread speed plus could actually be used as a regular desktop.

What are servers useful for?

I see the NAS point, does a NAS just allow you to access the saved stuff from the server on your own network i.e other computers just in the house that can connect wired or wirelessly?

Careful as the cash back used to specifically exclude serversplus, not sure why but worth checking.

jg213

What are servers useful for?I see the NAS point, does a NAS just allow … What are servers useful for?I see the NAS point, does a NAS just allow you to access the saved stuff from the server on your own network i.e other computers just in the house that can connect wired or wirelessly?



Many many uses, the limit is your imagination and ability to configure.

Examples include.
Basic file/media server
Whole house PVR server for kodi
Internet streaming of your media
Web server
Plex media server (I personally hate plex but some love it)
Backup etc etc

be wary of lobbing this (or other servers) onto that puny IKEA desk , this 11.2kg without disks , 6 heavy disks might bring it up to the full hundredweight.(google it)

GwanGy

be wary of lobbing this (or other servers) onto that puny IKEA desk , … be wary of lobbing this (or other servers) onto that puny IKEA desk , this 11.2kg without disks , 6 heavy disks might bring it up to the full hundredweight.(google it)



That's 50.8kg for people born this century lol

jg213

What are servers useful for?I see the NAS point, does a NAS just allow … What are servers useful for?I see the NAS point, does a NAS just allow you to access the saved stuff from the server on your own network i.e other computers just in the house that can connect wired or wirelessly?



For the home user? Yeah mostly NAS and extensions on that concept. Plex is a good example since that takes videos on your NAS and makes them available outside the home. VPNs allow you to connect to your home network to, you guessed it, have access to your files/computers. Then again there are always those odd people, a friend of mine decided to log every message on twitch for a while and store them in software called 'elasticsearch' (fast searching of data) in order to see trends. He eventually got it down so well you could build highlight streams of events by the number of people saying "omg" at particular moments. Couldn't have been done without a lot of processing power and storage which his macbook just couldn't provide :P

Enterprise really goes nuts with the concept though.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 3rd Nov 2016

I got this last year. Brilliant bit of kit. Got mine maxed with 32GB ram and unRAID installed running various dockers and VMs

could you bang in a good GPU and turn it into a gaming machine ?

Original Poster

OrribleHarry

Careful as the cash back used to specifically exclude serversplus, not … Careful as the cash back used to specifically exclude serversplus, not sure why but worth checking.



I've checked with the "Lenovo Promotional Support Team" ([email protected]) and it's fine. Sometimes retailers get stock specifically excluded from these offers (usually at a lower price).

CampGareth

I've been looking for a server to use as a NAS. Looked at the T20, this, … I've been looking for a server to use as a NAS. Looked at the T20, this, and the HP Microserver. Went used instead as £95 gets you a nehalem era xeon, 16GB ECC Registered DDR3, plus 12 3.5" bays. A little under £8 per drive bay vs this at £55. Not gonna be suitable for everyone since this obviously has more CPU performance and single thread speed plus could actually be used as a regular desktop.



which model of server did you end up buying? - you have accidentally missed it out
Edited by: "fizz" 3rd Nov 2016

cjed

I've checked with the "Lenovo Promotional Support Team" … I've checked with the "Lenovo Promotional Support Team" ([email protected]) and it's fine. Sometimes retailers get stock specifically excluded from these offers (usually at a lower price).



Thanks for the confirmation

JSmooth

could you bang in a good GPU and turn it into a gaming machine ?



This has been done but really needs an adaptor so that a standard PSU can be installed as there is no GPU supply so yes technically it can be done.

Got this little over a year ago for about £180 after cashback I think, put 32gb ram in it, great little thing.. Although the tiny disc drive fan on a lot of them is very noisy, but it's tiny I just unplugged mine, server is completely quiet besides that, all you can hear is HDD's if you put your ear to it, replace with SSD's or replace with bays to absorb vibrations and its virtually silent.

JSmooth

could you bang in a good GPU and turn it into a gaming machine ?



Have a look at that hackintosh link I've posted above people have put different GPUs in

fizz

http://storageioblog.com/part-ii-lenovo-ts140-server-storage-io-review/



The best thing about a Mac is the sleek hardware, the worst thing about them is the restrictive software, so you have this the wrong way round!

OrribleHarry

The best thing about a Mac is the sleek hardware, the worst thing about … The best thing about a Mac is the sleek hardware, the worst thing about them is the restrictive software, so you have this the wrong way round!



But this gives me a machine to do Final Cut Pro editing at a much better price, problem with Mac hardware is that it's restrictive and can't be updated - I was considering the updated MacBooks but the price.

That's 50.8kg for people born this century lol


So .. only for 16year olds then?? Lol.

I bought this model for our office in Feb 2015 for £245 including cashback, it was an absolute bargain back then and is still a great bargain now!

A bit of self learning with vSphere and I have 5 VMs running on it including a File & AD Server, Wifi Portal, Offsite backup, Game server, etc. I did upgrade the RAM eventually to 16GB to keep it running nicely, but it really is probably the best £250 I've ever spent in the business!
Edited by: "Keydogg" 7th Nov 2016
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