Lenovo is rolling out its smallest workstation thus far, although don’t be fooled by the diminutive dimension of its newest iteration. The new ThinkStation P360 Ultra crams some critically spectacular {hardware} right into a chassis that’s lower than 4 liters in quantity, or round half the scale of conventional small type issue (SFF) desktop workstations, together with the ThinkStation P350 that it replaces. It’s additionally significantly extra highly effective than the earlier mannequin.
At its core is an Intel W680 Alder Lake basis, with twelfth Gen Core i3, i5, i7, and i9 processor choices culminating in 16 cores (8 P-cores and eight E-cores) at as much as 5.2GHz in a 125W package deal—that’s a primary for Lenovo.
This is flanked by as much as an NVIDIA RTX A5000 cellular GPU based mostly on Ampere, packing 6,144 CUDA cores, 48 RT cores, 192 Tensor cores, and 16GB of GDDR6 tied to a 256-bit reminiscence bus. It’s basically a GeForce RTX 3080 cellular GPU in knowledgeable package deal.
So there’s your one-two punch on the greater finish of the configuration spectrum. Lenovo additionally made room for 4 SO-DIMM slots with two on either side of the motherboard, to put in as much as 128GB of DDR5-4000 reminiscence. This two-DIMMs-per-channel association is somebody distinctive within the SFF workstation house.
On the storage entrance, a pair of M.2 slots every help as much as 4TB of SSD storage for a complete of 8TB with RAID 0/1 help, and there’s additionally a 2.5-inch SATA bay that helps as much as a 1TB HDD.
Connectivity choices embrace a front-mounted USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C), and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. Then on the rear, customers will discover a further 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, three DisplayPort outputs, and twin NICs (2.5GbE and 1GbE). And for wi-fi connectivity, Lenovo provides Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 choices.
To help all this {hardware} goodness, Lenovo stated it labored intently with NVIDIA to develop an modern chassis that would each home and sufficiently cool the RTX A5000. It additionally labored with Intel to design a dual-sided motherboard to extend airflow.
The motherboard sits in the midst of the enclosure, which then permits air to circulate on either side. Multiple blowers are in place to expel sizzling air, together with one which sits atop the M.2 drives.
“We are revolutionizing the market with a new desktop workstation that is purpose-built to deliver impressive performance in a space-saving form factor that our customers need,” stated Rob Herman, Vice President, Workstation and Client AI Business Unit, Lenovo. “The ThinkStation P360 Ultra is one of the most versatile workstations available given its ability to effortlessly tackle today’s most demanding workflows across industries, whether it’s being used by individual professionals or as an embedded technology within an OEM solution.”
We’d be curious to simply how succesful the cooling association is on a beefier configuration, in addition to what the noise trade-off may be. If we get an opportunity to evaluate one, that’s definitely one thing we’ll take a look at.
In the meantime, patrons will have the ability to decide up a ThinkStation P360 Ultra later this month beginning at $1,299.