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M.2 SSD for Pavilion 17?

Product Name: HP Pavilion 17t-ab000 CTO
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Hi there,


I want to install an M.2 SSD in my new Pavilion laptop but I just want to be sure this will work.


My laptop part no. is V2Z44AV - HP Pavilion 17t-ab000 CTO (ENERGY STAR)

It doesn't have a touchscreen.

I want to install: 512 GB 2280 M2 PCIe 3x4SS NVMe TLC PA, for use with non-touch screen products 847110-004

This part is listed in the laptop's service manual.


When I bought the laptop from the HP store, I was only given the option of the 128GB SSD which was not enough for my needs, so I went with the 1TB spinner. This is why I'm not 100% sure that the 512GB is compatible.


I disassembled the laptop and I do have a free M.2 slot.


I just want to be sure this will work and that it will use the full four lanes of the PCIe 3.0 bus. Otherwise I'll look at a lower-cost upgrade.


Thanks for your time!

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Re: M.2 SSD for Pavilion 17?

I've heard that the M.2 slot is disabled in the BIOS if the laptop is not purchased with an M.2 drive from HP. Is this true? If so, how can I enable it? I don't see an option in the BIOS.
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Re: M.2 SSD for Pavilion 17?

Can confirm that F.09 Rev. A BIOS update makes the M.2 slot work.


Anyone know if a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drive will work in this at full speed?

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Re: M.2 SSD for Pavilion 17?

Q: Does this laptop support Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD?
A: Yes, but you may need to update your BIOS. Version F.09 Rev. A is required to see the drive if you purchased the laptop without the M.2 SSD. The fix in revision A is not published, but it's there.


Q: Anything special I need to do?
A: It's recommended to use Samsung's NVMe driver from their website for optimal performance. 


Q: Does this laptop support PCIe 3.0 x4?
A: Yes, and it's a shame it's not well-documented. Fire up Samsung Magician software and the 950 Pro will show the following:

-Link Speed current 8Gbps, Max 8Gbps

-Link Width current x4, Max x4

-Bandwidth Current 32Gbps, Max 32Gbps


Q: What kind of performance can I get?
A: You won't get advertised read speeds with this laptop, but the write speeds are on par with what's on the package. Note the queue depth in this benchmark:

CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64 (C) 2007-2016 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World :
* MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
* KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q=512,T= 4) : 1633.004 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q=512,T= 4) : 1512.064 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q=512,T= 4) : 1342.288 MB/s [327707.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q=512,T= 4) : 243.635 MB/s [ 59481.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1388.891 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 549.640 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 53.697 MB/s [ 13109.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 174.507 MB/s [ 42604.2 IOPS]

Test : 100 MiB [C: 9.9% (45.6/459.4 GiB)] (x3) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/08/21 23:34:03
OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 10586] (x64)

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Re: M.2 SSD for Pavilion 17?

If we have a PCIE 3.0 X4 M.2 NVME slot, what is preventing us from getting the READ speeds that the drive is capable of?



I have a New HP Omen 17 and just upgraded the SSD that came with it the Samsung PM951 to a SM961 512GB, write speeds seem about correct but read speeds are "STUCK" AT 1700mbs. Cannot figured this out and thought I may have gotten a bad drive.


Any help would be great.

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