Let us talk power here. Idle power consumption on 120V power we saw 22-23W idle for the system which was not bad. We generally assume these nodes will use 9-14W at idle so this was a bit higher but makes sense given the GPU. What we also observed is that leaving the system at idle for a day or two would mean we hit 32-33W at idle. Likely this is due to some sort of heat soak and is closer to what we saw with the P330 Tiny.
The power supply for this unit is a 230W Lenovo power adapter from the company’s notebook line. It is absolutely massive compared to this small machine. Just for comparison, here is the P330 Tiny’s power adapter.
We managed to push this unit to just over 150W but there are options for higher-end GPUs like the T1000 as well as the Core i9-10900T and more storage, so it is not hard to imagine top-spec units using even more power. Of course, at 150W without USB devices, it makes sense for Lenovo to use a bigger power supply than a 135W unit.
At idle, the noise is still relatively quiet. Under heavier loads, the fan spins up and the system is very audible. This is a function of having a CPU and GPU in a small package like this. There is little room to add elaborate cooling and larger quieter fans
Next, we are going to discuss key lessons learned before getting to our final thoughts.