General Setup & Testing Procedures
Getting the ThinkStation S30 setup is very easy. Just plug in the power, your keyboard, mouse and display and you are good to go. Upon getting into Windows it is a pretty basic installation. There are is not a lot of bloatware on the system except for Norton and an interesting app called SimpleTap that gives you a sort of touchscreen interface much like you would see on a tablet. You can add programs, shortcuts and many other things to the interface.
Opening some system information programs we can see what all is running under the hood. The system is running a quad core Intel Xeon E5-1620 processor, 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory with timings of 9-9-9-24 and of course the NVIDIA Quadro 2000D graphics card.
Running the Windows 7 Experience Index we can see this system ranks very high, except for the hard disk transfer rate.
We will be running the ThinkStation S30 through a battery of different benchmarks and tests. I have organized them into two different categories.
PC Mark Vantage
Passmark Performance Test 7.0
- Cache & Memory Benchmark
- Processor Arithmetic
- Processor Multimedia