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P330 GPU Upgrade

2019-03-26, 17:47 PM

I finally made a decision and ordered the P330 tower. I want to add a Geforce GPU (maybe 1060 or 1660). What power connector if any does this system have available for the GPU? I did upgrade to the 400W PSU. Does anyone know how much power is available for a GPU in this tower? I do not game much but want to go ahead and put the best card I can into it to begin with and would like to have it to install when the system gets here. Thanks!

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Re: P330 GPU Upgrade

2019-03-27, 14:15 PM

The P330 Tower system with the 400W power supply will come with a single 6-pin aux PCIe power drop to support higher end GPUs.

 

Technically, we can support the GTX 1060, 1070, or 1080 in the P330 Tower (with the 400W PSU).  For the 1070/80, which require an 8-pin PCIe power connection, we would utilize a simple 6-pin to 8-pin converter cable.

 

I've not seen or tested a GTX 1660 yet, but from what I can tell it's a 120W TDP card with a single 8-pin connection.  I think we would be able to support that, but I can't be absolutely sure as I don't have detailed specs for that GPU or a sample on hand.  My concern there would be that the Turing GPUs do seem to have a high input EDP current rating from what we've seen, so I can't be absolutely sure the PSU in the P330 can handle that spec or not.  Given the TDP, I think it's low risk, but that's really a guess since we haven't tested it yet.




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Re: P330 GPU Upgrade

2019-03-27, 15:16 PM

Thanks for the informative response! I may use a 750 Ti that doesn't require a power connector until I decide if I want to try the 1660. 

One other question I had, is there anyway to use an AIO liquid cooler on the processor? I have an extra laying around and I am sure the 8700 could use it if there is room. Its a 120mm CLC 11 from EVGA. Thanks!

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Re: P330 GPU Upgrade

2019-03-28, 20:02 PM

Not sure I can really help you with that since we don't do any sort of liquid cooling on ThinkStation.


Perhaps some other forum members will chime in if they happened to try tackling something like that on their own.




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Re: P330 GPU Upgrade

2019-07-03, 6:02 AM

I figured I'd add some personal experience on this topic.

 

The below is intended solely for those who are confident customizing their personal computers and are not concerned about their warranty.

 

Basically there are 2 major considerations when it comes to installing a performance GPU in the P330 Tower:

 

1) Size

You will need to consider the physical dimensions of any prospective graphics card purchase very carefully. The P330's compact case means many performance aftermarket 3rd party cards simply will not fit.

Personally, I ended up using the Nvidia 2070 RTX Founders Edition, a card just short enough to fit snugly in the P330 case.

It will however block access to the PCIE x1 connector in the slot below it - like any card with a double height cooler - and if that is not acceptable for you then far fewer choices remain. Lenovo's own Quadro P4000 with its single slot cooler is one possibility.

Other Nvidia Founders Edition cards like the 2060 RTX and 2060 RTX Super should fit also, though not the 2070 RTX Super or any of the higher end cards. Some 3rd party cards that might work include the GALAX GeForce® RTX 2070 White Mini, the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 MINI and the Gigabyte RTX 2070 MINI. Please note that all of these cards use double height coolers.

 

2) Power

The PSU (even the upgraded 400W one) imposes limits on the type of GPU you can use. It would not boot my 2070, nor did I expect it to,  but it would probably work alright for cards that are designed with a single 6-pin PCIE power connector.

However, the P330 PSU is not that hard to upgrade, and if that is a road you would consider travelling down (and this should surely put an end to any expectations of warranty you might have with regards to Lenovo) then there are two things you need to be aware of.

Firstly, while the P330 case supports standard ATX PSUs, they need to be particularly shallow in depth. Specifically, you are looking for a PSU unit with a reduced depth of up to 140mm/5.5 inches. And I also strongly recommend looking for a model with modular cabling, as the P330 case doesn't have a lot of space for storing unused extensions. Anything 600W+ should work fine. Me, I like serious overkill so went with an 850W Seasonic Focus+ Gold unit.

Secondly, the P330 motherboard uses a proprietary 10 pin power cable, and while it's possible to jerry rig an adapter yourself, most people are probably better off ordering a pre-made one. These are widely available but I can vouch for this one working perfectly, including supporting soft power-off.

 

Again, I'd like to stress that replacing your PSU or even just installing a new GPU is something probably best left to those who are already comfortable with this kind work.

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Re:P330 GPU Upgrade

2020-05-21, 22:04 PM

found a picture on a Chinese website, a Lenovo branded gtx1080 is able to fit into the chassis. I don‘t know how long it is, but it looks like a full size card. So 2070/2080super might just fit.

https://item.jd.com/10127691084.html

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