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12-13-2016 04:51 PM
Hello, I am trying to determine if it is possible to upgrade both the RAM and Hardrive in this particular laptop (17-w033dx) . I was under the impression that this laptop could support both the 1TB SHHD and also a 512GB SSD. I would love to ugrade to an SSD but also keep the 1TB SHHD in the laptop as well. Is that a viable option? Also, the machine currently has 12 GB of RAM (1x4GB 1x8GB). Id like to max the RAM out at what I believe is 16GB. Unfortuantly when I checked partsurfer the RAM is on backorder. Is it possible to use RAM that is not from HP? And if so, is there performance increase using name brand RAM vs the stock RAM? I am aware that the RAM should be matching set so I may go with another brand if possible. Lastely, I also noticed on partsurfer that there is an optional 150W power supply, rather pricey for just the brick, however this came with only a 120W. I am thinking of also getting that as I did read somewhere on these forums that another user had upgraded his power supply and saw less lag when using graphic intense application. Obviosly I purchased this laptop to game on so anything to maximize this machine sounds good to me. Thanks in advance.
12-13-2016 05:07 PM - edited 12-13-2016 05:10 PM
Here is the Service Manual:
See page 36. It can take an M.2 mSSD in a slot that is right above the hard drive.
There is also a little-used space for a second 2.5 inch drive in the upper right corner of the chassis but it is very hard to locate the proper mounting hardware and cable for that.
As for the memory, you do not have to buy it from HP, but you should try to match the memory module. The proper part number is:
8 GB 2133 MHz 1.2 v DDR4 shared 820570-005
I cannot find the memory on amazon.com or ebay by part number but this memory is likely to be an exact duplicate of the original module:
I would pull the original module and take a look at it and try to locate memory by the memory maker part number on it. There is nothing to be gained by buying "performace" or gaming memory. It would be a waste of money as the laptop will run no faster than the speed of the stock memory. The eBay seller is doing a little "puffing" calling that Samsung memory "gaming"; it is stock OEM memory.
2 x 8 gigs or 16 gigs is the maximum.
Don't buy a new power supply. The laptop will only draw the power it needs. So unless it cuts out or restarts your power supply is giving it all the juice it needs. The feeling that using a 150W adapter improves performance is just wishful thinking.
Post back with any more questions. These upgrades are fairly technical and may jeopardize your warranty you should know.
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12-13-2016 07:00 PM - edited 12-14-2016 06:19 PM
OK .. So using the information I recieved and some research I have conducted, I do have the following options.. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (2 x 8G) 260-Pin DDR4 SO-DIMM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Laptop Memory Model ...is the lowest priced memory I found and the Intel SSD 600p Series (512GB, M.2 2280 80mm NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4, 3D1, TLC) for the hardrive. According to the manual posted above, I think these are the correct choices.
Also, according to the manual .. this machine is a "NVIDIA N16 E-GR (GeForce GTX 965M), 4 GB i7-6700HQ
Under miscellanous section (pg 34)