Desktop workstation computer systems are often cumbersome and heavy as a result of they’re optimized solely for max efficiency and expandability. The ThinkStation P360 Extremely takes the other way and is primarily optimized for area. Lenovo tries to cram as a lot computing energy as doable inside that sub-4-Liters area.
This pc is a Small Kind Issue (SFF) workstation that claims to be 15% smaller than the competitors and has key energy-efficiency certifications akin to ENERGY STAR or EPEAT Gold. The 8.7×7.9×3.4 inches dimensions make it definitely smaller than Intel’s NUC 12 Excessive which is 14.1×7.4×4.7 inches huge.
Inside, you’ll discover an Intel gen12 desktop CPU (16-core max) with a most RTX A5000 GPU configuration (16GB VRAM). That’s very a lot like a cellular RTX 3080. The cellular nature of the GPU higher matches the cooling and energy envelopes possible on such a small pc.
Be aware that the GPU board connects to the motherboard through a proprietary connector, which implies that solely Lenovo can provide a GPU improve. That stated, I’d not be stunned if clients would in reality by no means improve the GPU, like laptop computer customers.
4 DDR5 RAM slots for the first system ought to be sufficient for most individuals enthusiastic about an SFF workstation. It ought to be straightforward to configure 64GB of RAM that method.
Like different SFF computer systems, the 300W energy provide is exterior, and I’d be curious to see if the very best CPU and GPU choices could be restricted by energy. However further velocity and energy additionally imply extra warmth, so it’s most likely honest to think about this workstation as having higher cooling than a laptop computer workstation just like the ThinkPad P15 Gen2 we reviewed.
The ThinkStation P360 Extremely has a number of ports. Additionally it is significantly extra inexpensive (and speedy) than a equally priced ThinkPad workstation. On the identical time, it’s comparatively (trans)transportable in case you embody a ThinkVision M15 cellular show, for instance. I want there have been a pair extra USB-C or Thunderbolt 4 ports, although.
You possibly can simply prolong the connectivity at a hard and fast location with a Thunderbolt 4 dock to entry further storage and equipment linked to that workspace. Having a one-cable setup is extraordinarily agreeable in case you join/disconnect typically.
In conclusion, it’s straightforward to love the SFF nature of this workstation and its relative affordability. It could look superb on any desk, making it straightforward to create a neat atmosphere and supply some degree of mobility. That stated, it’s for the space-conscious crowd quite than your typical workstation buyer, so we’re wanting ahead to listening to about real-world experiences.