Lenovo's ThinkCentre M78 Desktop Pushes AMD's A-Series APUs

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It isn't the most beautiful desktop, but it's also not designed to be a showpiece. Instead, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 is designed to be a business workhorse, engineered to serve medium and large businesses with an AMD A-series APU. It'll support up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and it's available in a traditional tower or small form factor. You can also drive up to three monitors with it, and there are four native USB 3.0 ports on the rear. It'll start at just $449, which ought to slip well under most corporate desktop upgrade budgets. Speaking of which, isn't your cube machine about due for an update?


Lenovo ThinkCentre M78 Delivers Big for Business with Advanced Processing Power Affordable desktop packages performance, security and energy savings

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – October 1, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the latest addition to its flagship M Series desktop PC line – the ThinkCentre M78 - designed for medium to large businesses. Featuring the latest AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), the ThinkCentre M78 gives business professionals a reliable PC with powerful performance, a high level of security and energy efficiency.

"Professionals in medium to large businesses need dependable, productive and secure desktops to meet the day-to-day rigors of workplace demands," said Su Lijun, executive director, global desktop marketing, Lenovo. "We built the ThinkCentre M78 to last, equipping it with great performance, security and energy- saving features in one device."
Advanced Processing Technology

Equipped with the latest AMD A-Series APUs and up to 32GB DDR3 memory, the ThinkCentre M78 improves productivity in the workplace with accelerated performance for quicker web browsing, smooth video playback/ video conferencing and multitasking of software programs and applications.

Available in a traditional tower or small form factor, the ThinkCentre M78 features Lenovo's RapidBoot HDD Accelerator, for speedy boot up times. Other productivity enhancements on the M78 include support for up to three independent monitors so users can run multiple programs simultaneously. The desktop can easily transfer data with four native USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, which delivers 10x the data transfer rate of Hi-Speed USB1.

The ThinkCentre M78 also provides users world-class security and dependability. It includes USB port disablement to defend against data theft and TPM 1.2 with enhanced data protection to help keep proprietary work files safe. With its Intelligent Cooling Engine, the ThinkCentre M78 operates quietly and stays cool to offer extreme reliability, ultimately helping to extend the PC's life.

Rated for Energy-Savings
The ThinkCentre M78 meets multiple certifications for energy efficiency and environmental considerations, including ENERGY STAR® 5.2 compliance, EPEAT® Gold rating and compliance with the Cisco EnergyWise energy management architecture. The M78 also carries a UL Environment Gold rating and, as an option, can use a highly efficient 80 Plus Platinum power supply unit (PSU).

Pricing and Availability
The ThinkCentre M78 will be available starting this month through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing starts at approximately $449.
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$449 is a decent price for a system with a new APU in it. They are not even released yet, but I hear that they are a lot better that the FM1 socket parts.

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