Lenovo announced the ThinkStation P320 Tiny SFF workstation at the ongoing Lenovo Transform event in New York. The mini-PC is powered by a Kaby Lake/Q270 along with the NVIDIA Quadro P600 GPU. True to its name, the P320 comes in a smaller form factor despite packing a GPU. The ThinkStation P320 measures at 1.4″ x 7.1″ x 7.2” and is powered by a 135W external adapter.
The ThinkStation P320 Tiny offers a choice of CPUs up to the Intel Core i7-7700T. Furthermore, the ThinkStation offers two DDR4 slots (with support of up to 32GB) and two M.2 NVMe SSD slots (each supporting up to 1TB). The ports on the front include a 3.5mm audio jack, two USB ports plus four at the rear). The ThinkStation P320 Tiny is also the smallest workstation certified for independent software vendors.
On the networking front, the ThinkStation P320 Tiny offers Gigabit Ethernet via Intel 802.11 ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0. One can also opt for additional add-ons including extra USB ports, COM ports or even an optical drive. The ThinkStation P320 Tiny supports both Windows and Linux and is currently priced at $899.
Mini PCs have found a place for themselves in constrained workspaces. Their smaller footprint also adds portability to the device. Mini PCs usually come in two forms: one is the barebones mini PC which offers a chassis and other COM ports with the user able to build their own hardware configuration. The other type of mini PCs are plug and play models with minimal scope for customizations. Most mid-range and high-end PCs come with ISV certification, making them perfect for running applications like AutoCad.