One of the more under-appreciated segments of the PC world is the small form factor (SFF) aficionado. These folks like to practice the age-old art of cramming as much high-powered gear into the smallest space possible, which is a delicate balancing act. However, consumer SFF builds are usually the size of large shoeboxes. It’s a different ballgame for actual mini PCs, which are incredibly small and can be easily tucked behind—or mounted to—a monitor. Lenovo has always had a lineup for these little guys, and its latest ThinkStation P3 Tiny offers the kind of performance we’d expect from a tower PC despite being 1/10th the size.
The aptly named Tiny PC offers just one liter of capacity and has been upgraded for 2023. It now uses the Intel Q670 chipset, supporting CPU options up to a 65W Intel Core i9-13900 CPU. Like its K-branded sibling, it sports 24 cores and 32 threads, with a maximum turbo frequency of 5.6GHz. It’s a locked CPU, so overclocking is out of the question, though that’s not a big deal given the form factor.
On the GPU front, the space constraints limit it to an older Turing T1000 GPU with 8GB of GDDR memory. This is a single-slot GPU with only 896 CUDA cores and a TDP of just 50W. Its primary function in life is to provide support for multiple monitors. The dGPU can natively run four 4K displays at 120Hz, four 5K displays at 60Hz, or two panels at 8K 60Hz. The UHD 770 iGPU also provides additional display options with HDMI and DisplayPort.
The Nvidia Turing T1000 GPU is a single-slot, 50W GPU with a cool name.
Though this little computer offers a decent amount of horsepower, these tiny PCs are all about expansion ports, and the latest P3 has quite a few. In addition to all the video output options, there are many USB ports. The front panel offers two USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (1 for charging), a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, and a lone audio jack for headphones. The rear is a veritable smorgasbord of ports, with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (one supports Smart Power On) and two USB 3.2 Gen 2, along with HDMI, DP, and Ethernet ports.
Other ancillary specs include support for up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 memory via two slots and dual M.2 slots for up to 4TB of NVME storage, according to Notebookcheck.net. CPU options range from the i3-13100 up to the Core i9-13900/T. You can also buy additional add-ons in the form of PCIe expansion cards for adding features like more USB-A ports or 2.5Gb Ethernet. The revamped P3 Tiny will go on sale later this month with Windows 11 pre-installed, and Lenovo will also offer versions with Linux.