Powerful computers often need a lot of space to accommodate their components and dissipate the heat they produce. Some, however, can fit powerful parts in a compact way. This is the case with Lenovo’s new P360 Ultra. This workstation has state-of-the-art processors and video cards up to 16 GB of RAM in a small enclosure.
Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra in comparison to a headset (Image: Disclosure / Lenovo)
As size matters in this case, we go to the measurements: 22.1 x 20.1 x 8.6 cm. It is therefore between the P360 Tiny and the P360 Ultra. In this space, Lenovo allows you to even place a 16-core 16-core Intel Core i9, Alder Lake.
There is also room for two M.2 SSDs and a 2.5-inch HD or SSD. With regard to RAM, it has room for up to four DDR5 modules, totaling 128 GB.
Lenovo offers two GPU options. The 12 GB Nvidia RTX A2000, equivalent to the RTX 3050 and RTX 3060, and the RTX A5000 mobile, which should perform the same as the laptop version of the RTX 3080.
One issue regarding video cards is that Lenovo seems to use a proprietary connector. Thus, it will not be possible to upgrade the computer with any GPU on the market, only the packages that Lenovo itself launch.
Another question is how this system will behave in terms of heating and energy. The power is 300 W, which is less than a top-of-the-line GPU uses. Although it is a feat put so much performance in little space, there is something that only even a larger cabinet is able to do.
The ThinkStation P360 Ultra costs from $1,300. Lenovo has not disclosed what the specifications of the input model are, but it will likely come with a four-core i3 CPU and integrated GPU. In the Us, it hits stores by the end of June 2022.