Since I'm planning to move my 2.65L RCC-SMALL3 build over to a DENSIUM 4 I was looking for a new portable workstation and came across the LENOVO ThinkStation P350 Tiny - a 1L workstation which can support a low profile single slot GPU and Rocket Lake 65W CPUs up to i9 11900.
Some people already succeeded fitting a GTX 1650 in the P340 Tiny but I wanted a little bit more GPU performance and was wondering if I could fit a RTX A2000 in there.
Specs / parts used for the build:
- P350 Tiny Barebone
- 0.25L SAVAGO 230W GaN AC-DC adapter
- i7 11700T
- 32GB DDR4
- 2x 2TB M.2 SSDs
- RTX A2000 6G
- A2000 single slot mod heat sink (work in progress)
- various screws, thermal pads, custom backplate, etc...
first of all, I had to make a custom heatsink for the A2000 and see how well it would perform compared to the stock thermal solution - it's still a work in progress but I'm quite happy with the results so far - given that the thickness of the cooler must be <12mm (<15mm from PCB) in order to fit you'll simply have to make some compromises in terms of thermals and noise
next I had to design a custom backplate - not so much for thermals but simply to secure the GPU in place during transport. I choose 0.6mm stainless steel and insulated it with thermal pads all over to prevent any components from the GPU or motherboard touching any metal and possibly frying something. additionally I put a piece of LEXAN on the Q570 chipset heatsink for insulation.
with the shroud I made for my custom A2000 cooler I was not able to close the case because everything is really extremly tight - but I figured since the cover of the case almost touches the cooler anyways I could just thermally couple it with the A2000 to move a bit more heat out of the PC. Only downside - you can fry your breakfast eggs on the case if you run it full load
the LENOVO stock GPU I/O bracket does not work with the A2000 and only has a few tiny vent holes so I also had to create something DIY.
the internal WiFi antenna usually sits on a bracket in the front but the A2000 is about 2mm too long - so I just removed the bracket, wrapped the antenna with some insulation tape and squeezed in besides the riser
the case is so thigh, that it even does not allow you to use any thermalpads or heatsinks on your SSDs controller - LENOVO puts some thermal pads under the SSDs but that only works with SSDs that don't have any components on the back...
last but not least - the 0.25L small 230W GaN power adapter when taking the PC with me on the road...