A Sub-$800, 35W Workstation
Serve The Home recently reviewed a Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Tiny Gen2, which contains a Ryzen 5 Pro 5650GE, 8GB of memory, WiFi, and a 256GB NVMe SSD, which cost $$781.55 including a embedded Windows 10 Pro license and three year warranty. These components are all enclosed in a case measuring 179 x 183 x 37mm (aka 7 x 7.2 x 1.5″) with a headset jack and both a Type-A and Type-C USB 3.2 port on the front, on the back a a DisplayPort and HDMI port. The connectivity on the back includes USB 2.0 Type-A ports and two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, a 1GbE NIC and a WiFi antenna. There is an option to add in a choice of VGA, additional DisplayPort, or HDMI output and serial console ports, though this model did not come with them.
That is a bit anemic for a workstation, which is why STH upgraded several of the components except for the APU, which presented two problems. The first being very common, they simply couldn’t find a Ryzen 7 Pro 5750GE, the second is far more concerning however. It seems that Lenova is taking advantage of a feature in the AMD Platform Secure Boot to vendor lock the Ryzen processor which will work with this system. Installing the other parts, including a pair of 16GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR4-3200 and a Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB were quite easy, apart from a small Secure Boot burp.
Specifically, we are going to look at the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Tiny Gen2 but with a twist: this is AMD Ryzen 5000 powered. We have wanted to review a Ryzen Pro 5000 series TinyMiniMicro node for some time, but it has taken until now to get one in the lab.