Starting with the Ultra model, it comes in a brand new 4L form factor, which makes it larger than the 1L Tiny. However, the larger size means that it has a more powerful system that can handle even the most demanding workloads.
Let's talk about the ports. The P360 Ultra comes with a headphone jack, USB Type-A (3.2 Gen 2), and two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the front. Meanwhile, the P360 Tiny includes a headphone jack, two USB Type-A ports (3.2 Gen 1 and 3.2 Gen 2) and a USB Type-C port on the front.
Moving on to the back of the machines, the P360 Ultra comes with four USB Type-A ports, three DisplayPorts, two LAN ports (2.5GbE, 1GbE), and four Mini DisplayPorts. With the four Mini DisplayPorts, you can connect up to eight monitors to this machine, while the P360 Tiny can run up to six monitors simultaneously. Additionally, the P360 Ultra has four USB Type-A slots that are Gen 2, while the P360 Tiny has two slots of Gen 1 and two slots of Gen 2.
Let's talk about those dual LAN ports on the Ultra. Now, you might be wondering why you would need two Ethernet ports. Well, if you're doing any kind of network-intensive work, having two Ethernet ports can actually be a big advantage. It can help you balance the load and ensure that you're getting the fastest possible connection.
Under the hood, the P360 Ultra packs some serious hardware, using 12th generation Intel processors, with anywhere from core i3 to core i9, it also supports processors up to 16 cores, 5.2 gigahertz and 125 watts thermal design power. The P360 Tiny can support the i3 to i9 as well but only a maximum of 8 cores.
The Ultra can run up to 128GB of RAM while the Tiny has a maximum of 64GB RAM. Additionally, the P360 Ultra supports a wide range of graphics cards, including anything from a Quadro P1000 to an NVIDIA RTX A5500. On the other hand, the P360 Tiny is limited to a maximum of an NVIDIA T1000.
Moving on to storage, the P360 Ultra supports up to 1TB 2.5 HDD as well as 4TB M.2 SDD, while the P360 Tiny is limited to only 2TB M.2 SDD.
So, what are the main differences between these two machines? For this you will be looking at the port capability, GPU, processor and memory. Both the Lenovo ThinkStation P360 Ultra and the P360 Tiny are powerful and capable machines, and the decision between them ultimately comes down to your specific needs and use cases.
The Ultra bridges the gap between the tiny and small form factor. A benefit to the tiny is that it's small enough to mount discretely. A mount for the Ultra is currently in production but not yet available.
Ultimately, the choice between the P360 Ultra and P360 Tiny will depend on your budget, workspace, and specific needs. But whichever one you choose, you can rest assured that you're getting a top-of-the-line machine that can help you get the job done efficiently and effectively.