Ryzen 5000 Powered Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q
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.
Check out all the details of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q as well as performance numbers in the full review.
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.