Ryzen 5000 Powered Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q 1

Ryzen 5000 Powered Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q

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Ryzen 5000 Powered Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q 2

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.