Apple managed to fit a proper workstation inside a feeble round case with Mac Pro, proving that a powerful hardware doesn’t have to be packed into a huge case. Years passed since that, with computer hardware becoming even more powerful while getting downsized. With NVidia’s latest GPU architecture (Pascal), laptops finally got a chance to feature full-fledged discreet graphic cards, since NVidia proved that mobile versions of its GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 can be as powerful as their desktop counterparts. Although we saw a lot of improvements in terms of computer hardware, most manufacturers still stick with proven designs, not trying to bring something new and exciting. Lenovo decided to stir up workstation market with its latest product, the P320 Tiny (yes, tiny, not mini, probably to accent workstation’s humble size).
The Lenovo P320 Tiny looks amazing. The company managed to put some beefy hardware in a case that weighs the same as a MacBook Air (2.9 pounds) and looks like some big external hard drive measuring just 1.4 x 7.1 x 7.1-inches. The workstation can be fitted with an Intel Core i7-7700T max CPU, NVIDIA Quadro P600 GPU (which can be upgraded to Quadro P1000), up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and 2TB of maximum storage. Yes, Lenovo doesn’t offer a gaming graphics card, but if you use a workstation, you are probably a professional who wants a powerful solution that works flawlessly with 3D and CAD programs. Although to be honest, we would love to see a powerful gaming PC in such small package.
Although the case is so, well, tiny, you can fit two hard drives inside, and Lenovo fitted the P320 Tiny with two M.2 SSD slots, supporting the latest superfast SSDs. On the back, you’ll find six USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and six, count ’em, display ports (four mini-DisplayPort and two DisplayPort). Yes, if you got the hardware, you can connect up to six monitors to the P320 Tiny. On the front, Lenovo put audio ports, better than to stick them on the back. Also, the front features two USB ports and the power button.
The P320 doesn’t really have a competitor, at least looking at other PC manufacturers. It features top of the line professional graphics card, the Quadro P1000 features 4GB of GDDR5 Ram and can achieve performance of 1.9 TFLOPS, which is amazing for a card with TDP of just 47 watts, and it offers lots of RAM and an excellent processor. Only Apple can compete with the P320 Tiny with its Mac Pro, but the problem is that the basic Mac Pro model costs a couple of thousands of dollars, while the P320 Tiny can be yours for just $800. If you want a core i7 and a NVidia Quadro P1000 you’ll have to pay at least double but that’s still lot less than the price of the Mac Pro.
Lenovo P320 Tiny should soon be available for purchase on Lenovo’s webstore. If you are looking for a perfect monitor for your Lenovo P320, don’t forget to check it out here.