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Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra Mini Workstation Announced

by Charles P. Jefferies
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The Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra is a mini workstation that doesn’t act like one. Despite a small four-liter chassis, it features up to an Intel K-series processor, 128GB of DDR5 memory, two PCIe Gen4 storage drives, and most importantly, a replaceable graphics card up to the Nvidia RTX A5000 Mobile.

Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra Specifications

The Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra is a mini workstation that doesn’t act like one. Despite a small four-liter chassis, it features up to an Intel K-series processor, 128GB of DDR5 memory, two PCIe Gen4 storage drives, and most importantly, a replaceable graphics card up to the Nvidia RTX A5000 Mobile.

Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra Front Lifestyle

The tiny ThinkStation P360 Ultra workstation is aimed at the ever-popular edge and IoT space, though given its performance, it could also replace traditional workstations. Its small size is its greatest asset, at just 3.4 x 8.7 x 7.9 inches (WDH) and starting at 3.96 pounds. That makes it slightly larger than its archrival, the HP Z2 Mini G9, but still smaller than the Intel NUC 12 Extreme Kit (Dragon Canyon).

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The ThinkStation P360 Ultra has numerous advantages over both units, especially its support for four SoDIMMs, which support up to 128GB of memory instead of 64GB. Both ECC and non-ECC are available, depending on the CPU. The standard memory speed is DDR5-4000.

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This little workstation also offers more powerful graphics options than the HP Z2 Mini G9, up to the 16GB Nvidia RTX A5000 mobile. Lenovo uses a specialized but still replaceable PCIe card to achieve that. For standardized cards, it accommodates up to a 12GB Nvidia RTX A2000.

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The ThinkStation P360 Ultra can be configured with 65- and 125-watt 12th generation Intel Core processors. The 16-core Core i9-12900K is the top choice. Models with a K-class CPU have an auxiliary heatsink for cooling and lose the PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, though they can still accommodate dedicated graphics up to the Nvidia RTX A2000. As expected, the ThinkStation P360 Ultra carries numerous Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certifications for popular creative apps.

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The main limitation on a workstation this small is storage; the ThinkStation P360 Ultra supports two M.2 PCIe 4.0 drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. Its onboard 2.5GbE and available Wi-Fi 6E can mitigate that with Cloud and network storage. There are also dual onboard Thunderbolt 4 ports which offer 40Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth. A single 1GbE for IPMI rounds out the networking options.

The ThinkStation P360 Ultra has the following specifications:

Processor 12th Intel Core i3, i5, i7, i9 (up to 16 cores, up to 5.2GHz)
Chipset Intel W680
Graphics
  • Up to Nvidia RTX A5000 Mobile (16GB VRAM)
  • Nvidia RTX A2000 (12GB VRAM)
  • Intel UHD Graphics 770
Total Memory Up to 128GB DDR5, 4000MHz
Memory DIMM Capacity
  • 16GB/32GB ECC or 8GB/16GB/32GB non-ECC
  • 4 SoDIMM slots
Storage Type Capacity
  • M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD up to 4TB
  • 2.5-inch SATA HDD up to 1TB
Total Storage
  • Up to 3 total drives
  • Max M.2 = 2 (8TB)
  • Max 2.5 = 1 (1TB)
RAID M.2 = 0/1
Power Supply 170W, 230W, 300W, 89% efficient
Front Ports
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Thunderbolt 4 Type-C
  • 1x Audio combo jack
Rear Ports
  • 4x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
  • 3x DisplayPort
  • 1x 2.5GbE
  • 1x 1GbE
WLAN
  • PCIe module: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2*2ax + BT5.0 non-vPRO
  • M.2 module: Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 2*2ax (6GHz) + BT5.2n vPro
Expansion Slots
  • 1x PCIe 4.0 x16
  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Intel I350 T2 dual ports Gigabit Ethernet adapter
Expansion Options
  • Serial/DP/HDMI/TypeC DP/USA/LAN/VGA
  • Thunderbolt 4
Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.4 by 8.7 x 7.9 inches
Weight Starting at 3.96 pounds

Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra Pricing and Availability

The ThinkStation P360 Ultra will go on sale in the United States in June 2022 starting at $1,299. Check back for our review!

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