Desktop workstation computer systems are normally cumbersome and heavy as a result of they’re optimized solely for optimum 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 Type Issue (SFF) workstation that claims to be 15% smaller than the competitors and has key energy-efficiency certifications comparable to ENERGY STAR or EPEAT Gold. The 8.7×7.9×3.4 inches dimensions make it actually smaller than Intel’s NUC 12 Excessive which is 14.1×7.4×4.7 inches huge.
Inside, you can see 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.
Word that the GPU board connects to the motherboard through a proprietary connector, which signifies that solely Lenovo can provide a GPU improve. That stated, I might not be shocked if prospects 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 involved in an SFF workstation. It ought to be straightforward to configure 64GB of RAM that means.
Like different SFF computer systems, the 300W energy provide is exterior, and I might be curious to see if the best CPU and GPU choices can be restricted by energy. However further velocity and energy additionally imply extra warmth, so it’s most likely truthful to consider this workstation as having higher cooling than a laptop computer workstation just like the ThinkPad P15 Gen2 we reviewed.
The ThinkStation P360 Extremely has plenty of ports. It is usually significantly extra reasonably priced (and speedy) than a equally priced ThinkPad workstation. On the identical time, it’s comparatively (trans)transportable should you embrace 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 lengthen the connectivity at a set location with a Thunderbolt 4 dock to entry further storage and equipment linked to that workspace. Having a one-cable setup is extraordinarily agreeable should you join/disconnect usually.
In conclusion, it’s straightforward to love the SFF nature of this workstation and its relative affordability. It will look superb on any desk, making it straightforward to create a neat setting and supply some stage of mobility. That stated, it’s for the space-conscious crowd moderately than your typical workstation buyer, so we’re wanting ahead to listening to about real-world experiences.
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