You’ll never find a high-end workstation or gaming PC as small as Intel’s original NUC lineup, but there are options if you want a small but high-performance desktop. One of them is Lenovo’s new ThinkStation P360 Ultra, a mini desktop that packs Intel’s 12th-generation Elder Lake desktop CPUs, Nvidia RTX A2000 and A5000 GPUs with up to 16GB of VRAM, and a smaller There’s a surprising amount of detail in the enclosure which is just 3.9. liters in volume.
The ThinkStation has plenty of ports for the size of the system, with a total of seven DisplayPort outputs (three full-size ports are connected to the integrated Intel GPU, and four are connected to the Mini DisplayPort dedicated GPU), a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port, another There’s a 1Gbps Ethernet port, and four USB-A ports on the back. On the front, you’ll find a headphone jack, a second USB-A port, and a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Internal expandability is also good. The ThinkStation can fit a total of two M.2 SSD and one 2.5-inch hard drive, or an SSD and up to four DDR5 RAM modules. The 12GB RTX A2000 GPU option should perform somewhere between the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060, while the RTX A5000 mobile GPU should perform more like the laptop version of the RTX 3080 GPU. Lenovo offers Elder Lake CPUs with a total of 16 cores (eight P-cores and eight E-cores) from the quad-core Core i3 to the Core i9—our CPU review shows the benefits of these smaller cores for workloads. distribute well across multiple CPU cores).
The P360 is smaller than high-performance mini PCs like Intel’s NUC 12 Extreme, which also uses a 12th-gen Elder Lake CPU with up to 16 cores—the NUC measures 14.1×7.4×4.7 inches, while the ThinkStation just 8.7× is 7.9×. 3.4 in. But the NUC does have the advantage of using a standard PCI Express slot with a GPU that can be upgraded a few years down the line, although its smaller size will generally give you a physical comparison to what you’re used to in a full-size desktop. will limit it to smaller GPUs. Or a roomier Mini ITX PC build. The ThinkStation appears to use removable GPU modules, but using a proprietary connector – whether upgrading is possible down the line depends on whether Lenovo packages more GPUs this way in the future and whether It offers them as upgrades instead of being included in the new PC. ,
Expect to pay a lot of money for the most powerful configuration of the P360 Ultra. The PC will launch later this month starting at $1,299, but that configuration will include a quad-core Core i3 CPU and integrated graphics. If that’s all you need for power, the P360 Ultra is actually a bit Big— System size only becomes impressive when you add dedicated graphics and a beefier processor.
We also don’t know whether (or how much) the P360 Ultra’s CPU or GPU will be constrained by power or heat limitations—the system tops out at a 300 W power supply, which is less than a high-end desktop GPU. have power. RT 3080 or 3090 can be consumed all by itself. In other words, a larger system will still be able to let its components run faster for a longer period of time.