Lenovo launches lightning-fast PCs (and rubbish 419)

It's IT Blogwatch: in which Lenovo unveils two new ThinkStation workstations. Not to mention the funniest, most incompetent Nigerian advance fee fraud spam ever...

Agam Shah reports:

Further breaking away from IBM's shadow, Lenovo on Tuesday entered the business workstation market with two new ThinkStation PCs, which retain the original "Think" moniker originally established by IBM ... The systems are targeted at companies seeking to perform graphics and computing-intensive jobs, including computer-aided design and digital content creation, Lenovo said. [more]
Joel Hruska adds:
Lenovo ... [claims] that it's been 10 years since a major PC vendor entered the workstation market. By doing so, the company is trying to further establish itself alongside IBM, Dell, HP, and Sun as an up-and-coming competitor ... The D10 will be based around Intel's upcoming quad-core Xeon 5400 series, while the S10 will use Core 2 processors up to and including the Core 2 Extreme QX9650. [more]
Sean Fallon described them thuswise:
The first computers to use Intel's fast, energy efficient new 45nm Penryn chips ... along with a "passive venting system" that helps to cool the system quietly. Further spec details are scarce, but ... both computers [will] use NVIDIA graphics and dual Gigabit Ethernet and multiple slots, bays and USB ports for expandability. Expect the D10 and the S10 to be released this January for $1,739 and $1,199 respectively. [more]
Let's hear from Mihnea Boiangiu:
The top models will come with the powerful dual-core Xeon E5200 processors that have clock speeds up to 3.33GHz ... the S10 will use Intel's X38 Express chip set and offers up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM ... [the D10] supports Intel's 5400A chip set and up to 64GB of DDR2 RAM. Their users have to choose either a 750GB SATA hard disk drive or a 300GB SAS (serial-attached SCSI) drive. For graphical needs, Lenovo offers the powerful Nvidia Quadro FX4600. [more]
Justin Mann:
Lenovo is seeking to embed themselves in a deeply crowded market, by reviving the “ThinkStation” line of hardware that waned in the face of companies like Dell and HP. While modern workstations are almost exclusively composed of machines built by a few top-tier vendors, Lenovo thinks that due to such stagnation in the market that there is room for one more ... Even though they decided to drop the IBM branding on their laptops recently, they haven't done such with these new workstations. [more]
Nilay Patel likes the cut of their gib:
Pics of the new S10 and D10 case design just landed in our inbox and we've got to say, it looks pretty slick. Sure, that handle doesn't seem like it'll be all too useful, but compared to Lenovo's last attempt at advanced design, this thing is positively restrained. [more]
Presumably, olePigeon hates the design:
 1988 called ... they want their computer case back. [more]
And Joe has a similar thought:

The specs are nice and all, but someone should tell Lenovo that the black, blocky, matte-finish plastic look is OUT.  If you're going to rip off the Mac Pro design, at least do it in style!  That keyboard and mouse look particularly cheap, and appear to be the same design they've had for at least the last ten years. [more]
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Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/adviser/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and spam. A 20 year, cross-functional IT veteran, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You too can pretend to be Richi's friend on Facebook, or just use boring old email: blogwatch@richi.co.uk. Previously in IT Blogwatch:

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