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[Refurb] Lenovo ThinkCentre M715q Tiny: AMD Pro A12 3.10GHz, 8GB, 128GB SSD, AC Wi-Fi, BT, Windows 10 - $219 @ BNEACTTRADER eBay

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Something a little different. We have never seen this type of configuration before. Most tiny stock in AUS is Intel based.

They would make a great little storage or plex server, they have internal AC wifi and Bluetooth. The SSD is M.2 so there is space for a second 2.5" Drive.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M715q Tiny

  • AMD Pro A12-9800e R7 3.10Ghz
  • 8Gb Ram DDR4
  • 128Gb SSD M.2
  • Wifi/ Bluetooth
  • Windows 10 Installed

$219 Delivered.

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  • very interesting use of cpu

  • ive never seen this config, might get one for emulation box due to the apu

    • As long as you understand the performance limitations of Bristol ridge. They are pretty pokey in comparison to some of the Intel-based M9xx Tiny series you can buy for $200-ish on eBay

      Geekbench Scores (Single / Multi-core)

      A12-9800: 500 /1500
      Core i7-4600U score: 741 / 1621
      AMD Athlon 3000g: 850 / 2000.

      However it uses the AM4 socket, I wonder if the CPU is soldered or socketed and if the latter you probably could stick in a better APU.

      • yeh i knew the single core would be lackluster but in it for the R7 radeon

        i wonder if we can stuff a Raven ridge APU in?

        • most support forums on Lenovo.com seems to point out that Lenovo never added support for Raven Ridge in
          https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkCentre-A-E-M-S-Series/Leno...

          but someone on Reddit pointed out there were two generations of this Lenovo tiny. the second generation of the system had a 16 megabyte BIOS chip which would support RavenPI AGESA BIOS.
          https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/a4tpzx/thinkcentre_m71...

          The first generation models only had a 8 megabyte BIOS chip, which presumably didn't support anything outside of Bristol ridge.

          • @scrimshaw: ah damn it Lenovo and their revisions as always, well i probably wont take lottery draw on which one i get, the newer 35w APUs are also too expensive

      • Whilst, we can't confirm. Apparently, the CPU's can be swapped out for a Ryzen

  • Assuming this would be a good Plex server? Movie/TV show library via USB? How would it perform in comparison to say a Synology NAS 920+ for example? Is there a way to compare Plex performance?

    • The passmark score isn't great. I don't think it would make a great plex box for more than 1 1080p transcode at once. (2000 passmarl per 1080p transcode as far as I can tell).

  • +2

    hmmm.. thinking about.. then read this..

    https://www.techspot.com/review/1486-amd-a12-9800/page3.html

    and this is the higher power desktop version..

    the low power 9800E is even worse..

    here is another review

    https://www.servethehome.com/lenovo-thinkcentre-m715q-tiny-c...

    I think the conclusion is don't buy..

    you mgiht be able to repalce the CPU..

    but you need the 35W 2400GE..
    not the 65W 2400G

    the 2400GE are pretty much OEM and impossible to find around.. (around $250 from China)
    defeats the purpose of a cheap computer..

  • refurbs seems of note

  • +9

    I purchased one and will run a bunch of benchmarks for the rest of you!

    Some points worth considering:
    - These are limited to Bristol Ridge APU's and can only be upgraded to Ryzen series CPU's by changing the BIOS chip which requires some soldering work.
    - The advantage of this unit is really the Vega 8 GPU on the CPU, which makes for excellent media playback and emulation work.
    - The included SSD is NVME/M2 so there is still space for a larger 2.5" drive.

    I'll do some tests for emulation, media playback as well as Windows and Linux gaming tests. I'll post them as soon as I get the unit (Tuesday apparently).

    • +2

      You can let us know how many frames per second you can get in Mario Kart N64

      and probably how many seconds per frame in Cyberpunk 2077.

    • Scratch that!

      I paid for it a few hours ago but just got a cancellation from the seller! Super weird, but no tests from me by the looks of it!

      • We haven't cancelled any orders. We are with eBays managed payments so maybe funds didn't clear?

        • Hmm weird. Looking at my emails, there is a message in spam from ebay saying that the payment didn't clear and to resend it (2 hours after I paid), but looking at my account it most definitely subtracted the money.

          I chose AfterPay as the payment method (item said that I could) and like 2 mins after that afterpay mentioned "As you may have heard from eBay, they were unable to fulfill your order and so a full refund has been issued to you" and processed a refund, but that will take 5-7 days to clear. Note there are zero issues on my AfterPay account and linked card.

          Never had an issue before, so thought it may have been cancelled on your end? Afterpay said that it was an ebay issue :S

  • CPU sucks but nvme ssd its nice plus AC wifi and Bluetooth.

    • +1

      Doesn't say NVME anywhere, just m2 SSD so it is very likely its just a classic SSD spec. Still better than eMMC anyway.

  • +2

    Even 10 years old i5-2400 is better than this CPU as per benchmark. I would get a cheap i5-3570 or i7-3770 based system instead of this.

    • The i5-4590t etc that similar tinys often come with at this price point isn't that much better. Remember these are 35W parts so while you could get better performance with old desktop gear, it's not the same form factor and TDP. I want something using <20W at idle and small size, not an old desktop. I have an M93p with the i5-4590t and I would be just as well served with one of these, perhaps better given I can only put one SSD in mine. This would be better than the Intel options if one made use of the GPU too, though I don't personally. So IMO this is still just fine, sure if you need more CPU power you can go for an Intel one instead but compared to today's chips (eg. Renoir) they're both so slow that I don't think that difference matters that much. And again, that's just talking about these tinys and lower TDP chips.

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