January 26, 2022

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 TinyMiniMicro Evaluate

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Cover Web
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Cowl Internet

As we speak Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2. Many noticed our Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Evaluate. That unit sported a Core i9 10 core processor, however Lenovo refreshed the road with a Gen2. Whereas we lose two cores, we additionally get a function we have now by no means seen earlier than on a Challenge TinyMiniMicro system: PCIe Gen4 assist. In our overview, we’re going to see the important thing modifications and give attention to the worth proposition.

Challenge TinyMiniMicro Background

In Challenge TinyMiniMicro we’re buying numerous these gadgets from completely different sources. Whereas a typical STH overview is of a brand new product, these TMM nodes sometimes have specs that differ from what one would count on. In all of those items, we’re going to discuss what makes the nodes distinctive. We are actually effectively over 35 completely different nodes to extend variety. We’re testing these on a extra round economic system/ prolonged lifecycle foundation to see how they are often deployed after their preliminary use as company desktops. As at all times, we have now a video model of this text.

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For our $903 (earlier than tax), we acquired a node with an Intel Core i7-11700T, 16GB of reminiscence, WiFi 6, and a 512GB NVMe SSD. We even bought an embedded Home windows 10 Professional license which might have price us round $140 alone. Since this was a brand new unit, we acquired a 1-year onsite guarantee from Lenovo at that value.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen 2 Order Price
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen 2 Order Value

This was about $140 greater than the Gen1 model we reviewed beforehand, and we misplaced two cores within the course of. What we gained was larger per-core efficiency, the up to date Intel iGPU, 4 occasions the reminiscence, and 4 occasions the SSD area. We have now many readers that may say that for $140 that’s not price it, however many may even see that as an incredible worth.

We’re simply going to shortly observe right here that we beforehand reviewed different Lenovo “M90” merchandise, particularly the M90n Nano IoT and customary M90n Nano fashions as a part of this sequence. These “Nano” fashions provide extra compact packaging however with main trade-offs in efficiency.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n 1 IoT Nano Rear
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n 1 IoT Nano Rear

On this era, we already reviewed the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Gen2 Tiny, the M80q Tiny in addition to the HP Elite Desk 800 G6 (35W and 65W), and the Dell OptiPlex 7080 Micro. We even appeared on the Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i. These are all related platforms which can be current-generation platforms in 2021. Nonetheless, we wished to try the M90q Tiny Gen2 as a result of it’s an replace to the favored line.

We’re going to go into a fast {hardware} overview, then into the important thing specs. We’re then going to speak a bit about efficiency and energy consumption earlier than attending to our classes realized from these models and our closing phrases.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 {Hardware} Overview

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny is round 1L in dimension and makes use of the up to date entrance design that we first noticed with the Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Gen2 Tiny and ThinkCentre M90q Tiny.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Front 2
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Entrance 2

Apart from the ability button, we get a headset port on the entrance of the system. We additionally get a USB 3.2 Gen2 Kind-A port and a USB 3.2 Gen2 Kind-C port on the entrance. Within the Gen1 half that Kind-C port was a Gen1 5Gbps port, not a 10Gbps Gen2 port.

On the rear of the unit, we get a reasonably customary port configuration. There are each DisplayPort and HDMI output choices customary. We get two USB 3.2 Gen2 and two Gen1 Kind-A ports for 4 complete. Lenovo has an elective slot that one can configure as clean, or get varied serial or show outputs. We bought an elective DisplayPort right here since that was a part of the pre-configured unit we bought from Lenovo. Within the Gen1 we had configured a Kind-C port right here and we nonetheless assume that could be a higher choice.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Rear
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Rear

Networking is supplied by a RJ45 connector. That is an Intel i219-LM NIC which is vital. This configuration is legitimate for Intel vPro so we have to use this NIC. Frankly, given we’re seeing on the Intel NUC 11 Professional Evaluate Tiger Canyon NUC11TNKi5 and different techniques 2.5GbE, this does really feel a bit outdated at the same time as the present era since we’re in the midst of an replace to 2.5GbE within the desktop business. Nonetheless, Lenovo provides a 4x 1GbE Intel i350 card for the elective slot that a few of our readers could also be focused on.

One merchandise we wished to notice is simply what number of vents there are on this technique. On each of the non-I/O sides (seen within the video) we have now small vents. Atop the chassis, we have now vents, even on this 35W unit.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Top
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90q Tiny Gen2 Prime

Suffice to say that the fashionable TinyMiniMicro node is utilizing much more energy at its most and producing extra warmth than we noticed 4-5 generations in the past despite the fact that all of them promote “35W TDP” elements. Whereas the TDP stays the identical, energy has gone up and so have the airflow necessities.

This will likely not seem to be a giant deal, however for these TinyMiniMicro of us constructing clusters, this vastly will increase the complexity of airflow from easy entrance to rear designs.

One enjoyable half pictured above is that since that is an eleventh gen Intel Core system, we now have the brand new Intel branding on the Intel Core i7 with vPro sticker.

Subsequent, we’re going to transfer the interior overview part for this technique.

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