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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz 4GB 70A4001LUX
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: - Cheap Entry Level Server/Workstation
- Very Quiet
- Small Footprint Mini-ATX
- Motherboard RAID 0/1/5/10
- USB 2.0/3.0
- 4 Drive Bays plus Slim DVD
- Flexibility/Upgradeability
- PCIe 16 slot

Cons: - Placement of front panel USB connector limits video card length
- Limited power supply options w/o using aftermarket adapters 24/20 to 14 pin required

Other Thoughts: The cheapest entry server/workstation I have owned. Previous experience with many Dells, a few HPs, and one Fujitsu. Bought six TS140s so far. 3 x i3-4130s, 2 x e3-1225v3, and 1 x e3-1275v3. They are highly upgradeable: CPU, memory, video, NIC, etc. Case in point...I have have upgraded one machine to e3-1271 v3, and one to i7-4790K. I have a mix of ECC and non-ECC, just not in the same machine. I have 1 x GT640, 1 x GTX 650Ti, 3 x GTX750Ti, and 1 x GTX 760 video (ITX variant). I have 3 x standard 280W PS, 2 x 450W and 1 x 660W PS. As mentioned, aftermarket power supplies require 20/24 pin to 14 pin adapter (~$20). Each of my machines has SSD as OS drive and mix of SSDs/HDDs as data drives. One machine is configured with three SSDs (On-board RAID 5 Data). I have 4 x Win 8.1 Workstations and 2 x Win 8.1/Server 2012 R2 dual boot. No experience with LINUX on these yet. These are really entry level servers that double very well as workstations. Not quite as refined as the brands listed above, but also not as expensive. Not sure I understand the two drive bay commentary...this model supports up to four HDDs/SSDs in addition to the DVD-ROM. You have the option of putting a third drive in the same bay as the DVD-ROM and the option of putting a 4th drive in the HDD adapter tray provided in the second 5.25 bay (you will need SATA cables to go beyond two drives of any flavor. Six machines in use and the only problem has been a case fan replaced under warranty. I agree that customer service leaves a lot to be desired.

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Seasonic SS-660XP2 ATX 12V/EPS 12V, 660W, 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular  certified Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great specs, great price (when on sale), fully modular, hybrid fan, etc.

Cons: Noisy circuitry!!! This might be a platinum certified PS, but it sounds like it is struggling to fight off brown-out conditions all the time. It makes more noisy as the electrical feed becomes less perfect. Not a good design...inside that is.

Other Thoughts: I should have listened to the reviews! Mine is no exception and the coil buzzing is very annoying. I have tried three cheaper PSs in the same machine and they are far less noisy. I am going back to a Corsair CS450M until this is resolved.

I will try a different UPS as others have mentioned, but it still makes noise bypassing the UPS. Oddly enough the platinum PSs make more noise than the gold and bronze models I have on hand.

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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4GB 70A4000HUX
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Impressive for a cheap box 05/20/2014

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz 4GB 70A4000HUX

Pros: - Cheap Entry Level Server/Workstation
- Very Quiet
- Small Footprint Mini-ATX
- Motherboard RAID 0/1/5/10
- USB 3.0

Cons: - Limited drive bay options without getting creative
- Placement of front panel USB connector limits video card length
- Limited power supply options w/o using aftermarket adapters

Other Thoughts: One of the cheapest entry server/workstation I have owned. Previous experience with many Dells, a few HPs, and one Fujitsu. Bought three TS140s so far. One i3-4130, one e3-1225v3, and one e3-1275v3. Two of three have standard 280W PS and one 450W. One has GT640, one GTX750Ti, and one GTX 650Ti video. Have SSD in each as OS drive and notebook HDDs in two of three for data. One machine configured with three SSDs (On-board RAID 5 Data). Two are Win 8.1 Workstations and one is Win 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. I can't stress enough this is a entry level box. It is really a workstation that can be used as a server in a pinch or as a training platform. Not quite as refined as the brands listed above, but also not as expensive.

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Display Name: John A.

Date Joined: 09/18/01

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 04/06/03
  • Last Review: 01/24/15
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