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OMEN by HP 15-ax206na
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I would like to upgrade my factory 128GB M.2 SSD Sata 3 on my OMEN by HP 15-ax206na  as the factory M.2 Sata 3 is slower than my old laptops Samsung 850 evo Sata SSD.

I believed that the M.2 format is supposed to be faster than a regular Sata SDD.

I am interested in a  Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD NVMe I understand this is a different pin out configuration, the factory 128GB M.2 SSD Sata 3 being M + B and the the  Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD NVMe being M only or B, i'm not sure which. 

My question is, if this new NVMe drive does fit will i get the full NVMe speeds?

and is there any other compatibility issues i should be aware of?

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Funny you should ask. HP just loaned me the 15-ax252nr and I did exactly the upgrade you contemplate but I bought an HP 512 gig NVME M.2, the Samsung PM961. 

 

Not the greatest video but here I am doing the upgrade:

 

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Omen-15-ax002na-Upgrade-option...

 

Here is the benchmark on the M.2 performance:

 

CDMark.jpg

 

So bottom line yes it work fine with an NVME/PCIe M.2 but if I were you I would get the PM961 as I know for a fact it works. 

 

If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Thank you for the info, this helps greatly. One final question, how did you migrate the original m.2?
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It's customary to provide the Solution to the person who provided the Answer, not yourself. And if you watch the video I showed how I did the migration. I did it when the laptop was brand new so just made the HP recovery disk on a usb drive and then restored that image to the new 512 gig M.2. Very easy. 

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