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Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review

March 31, 2014 – 9:37 pm

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Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review

This is a review that looks at my recent hands on experiences in using a TS140 (Model MT-M 70A4 – 001RUS) pedestal (aka tower) server that the Lenovo folks sent to me to use for a month or so. The TS140 is one of the servers that Lenovo had prior to its acquisition of IBM x86 server business that you can read about here.

The Lenovo TS140 Experience

Lets start with the overall experience which was very easy and good. This includes going from initial answering some questions to get the process moving, agreeing to keep the equipment safe, secure, insured as well as not damaging anything (this was not a tear down and rip it apart into pieces trial).

Part of the process also involved answering some configuration related questions and shortly there after a large box from Lenovo arrived. Turns out it was a box (server hardware) inside of a Lenovo box, that was inside a slightly larger unmarked shipping box (see larger box in the background).

TS140 Evaluation Arrives

TS140 shipment undergoing initial security screen scan and sniff (all was ok)

TS140 with Windows 2012
TS140 with Keyboard and Mouse (Monitor not included)

One of the reasons I have a photo of the TS140 on a desk is that I initially put it in an office environment as Lenovo claimed it would be quiet enough to do so. I was not surprised and indeed the TS140 is quiet enough to be used where you would normally find a workstation or mini-tower. By being so quiet the TS140 is a good fit for environments that need a small or starter server that has to go into an office environment as opposed to a server or networking room. For those who are into mounting servers, there is the option for placing the TS140 on its side into a cabinet or rack.

Windows 2012 on TS140
TS140 with Windows Server 2012 Essentials

TS140 as tested

TS140 Selfie of whats inside
TS140 "Selfie" with 4 x 4GB DDR3 DIMM (16GB) and PCIe slots (empty)

16GB RAM (4 x 4GB DDR3 UDIMM, larger DIMMs are supported)
Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 @3.2 Ghz quad (C226 chipset and TPM 1.2) vPRO/VT/EP capable
Intel GbE 1217-LM Network connection
280 watt power supply
Keyboard and mouse (no monitor)
Two 7.2K SATA HDDs (WD) configured as RAID 1 (100GB Lun)
Slot 1 PCIe G3 x16
Slot 2 PCIe G2 x1
Slot 3 PCIe G2 x16 (x4 electrical signal)
Slot 4 PCI (legacy)
Onboard 6GB SATA RAID 0/1/10/5
Onboard SATSA 3.0 (6Gbps) connectors (0-4), USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

Read more about what I did with the Lenovo TS140 in part II of my review along with what I liked, did not like and general comments here.

Ok, nuff said (for now)


Greg Schulz – Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)
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  1. 6 Responses to “Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review”

  2. Update 4/5/14: As of yesterday I can confirm that at least with my new TS140s (just arrived) with no factory RAID 1 enabled the ability to recognize and use internal SATA drives and install VMware 5.5.x. This is different than the system I tested which had a two drive RAID 1 with Windows Server 2012 that for what ever reason prevented being able to recognize internal drives for other uses. Thus I convert the provisional “A” to an actual “A” for the TS140 for use with VMware (and other things), not to mention it (TS140) is playing nicely with my other servers ;)

    By greg schulz on Apr 5, 2014

  3. where to get a raid monitor for windows 8.1=

    By tatoosh on Jun 5, 2014

  4. @Tatoosh what kind of “raid monitor” are you looking for?

    By Greg Schulz on Jun 5, 2014

  5. Hi,
    This machine is currently available from a couple of popular online vendors for $219 barebones with the i3 and 4GB ram.

    This seems like a steal for a desktop machine? For the cost of OS, HDD, and a mid-range graphics adapter could I have a machine that would not be a power hog, run at a noise level that is acceptable in my home, perform basic office suite tasks, run games like Diablo 3 at some useable performance level, and drive a 4k monitor for word processing and spreadsheets?

    Thank you for any comments.

    By Pulltab on Nov 18, 2014

  6. If you can get one with i3 and 4GB ram delivered for $219 new, I would get one, then add your own HDD, OSS, more RAM or other options to meet your needs…

    By Greg Schulz on Nov 18, 2014

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