Generally, the faster the PC, the hotter it gets and the bigger it is. But what if you could have the components worthy of the best desktops in a case that’s smaller than a xbox series x? That’s exactly what lenovo is doing with its ThinkStation P360 Ultra, which clocks in at just under 4 liters in volume.
That’s almost 3 liters less than the Xbox Series X, and much, much smaller than the typical desktop, while also supporting up to a Core i9-12900K and an RTX A5000. With these specs, the P360 Ultra could be the fastest small form factor PC ever released.
In order to fit all of this hardware into such a small chassis, Lenovo worked with Intel and Nvidia to design the P360 Ultra from the ground up. However, like all other small form factor PCs, it was not feasible to use the higher-end, more power-hungry parts. The top-end configuration has a Core i9-12900K and an RTX A5000, but the 12900K is limited to 125 watts (down from the usual 241W) and the A5000 is actually the mobile version, which has significantly fewer cores and the half the memory of the 24GB desktop RTX A5000.
But it’s important to note that this workstation is small and weighs just 4 pounds—you can literally pick it up with one hand. The hardware it does have is also still very, very fast, even though it is limited by power and thermal constraints, so the P360 Ultra should have no problem going toe-to-toe with all but the fastest of the high-end workstations (such as Lenovo’s own ThinkStation P620).
The P360 Ultra is pretty beefy in other categories, too: It supports up to 128GB of 4000MHz DDR5 RAM (including ECC and non-ECC options), 8TB of NVMe storage, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet. However, one important thing to note here is that NVMe SSDs only run at PCIe 3.0, which is half the speed of PCIe 4.0. Although 12th Gen CPUs support PCIe 4.0 SSDs, this appears to be a motherboard limitation. The GPU, on the other hand, runs on PCIe 4.0, so don’t worry.
The ThinkStation P360 Ultra will be available later this month and starts at $1,299 for a model that has a 12th-gen Core i3. That’s obviously not a cheap price, but a small form factor always costs more.