Inside HP Pavilion 15 Gaming Notebook – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

It’s been a while since we posted our review of HP’s second attempt at gaming notebooks and we were left with somehow mixed feelings. However, for a notebook like this, we were pretty surprised by the effective cooling system, which is greatly overhauled compared to the standard version of Pavilion 15, and the storage options – M.2 SSD support. Be careful when disassembling, though, it’s a bit tricky.

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1. Preparing the notebook for a teardown

At first glance, the notebook is fairly easy to disassemble but unfortunately, it’s the other way around. First off, turn the “switches” near the battery and detach it. Speaking of which, it’s rated at 48Wh and it’s a good thing that it’s user-replaceable. Then, unscrew all the visible bolts and proceed with popping out the caps with the back silicone feet. After you’ve removed them, there is one more screw under each leg.

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Then, gently pry up the paper caps that are glued in the center of the bottom piece. There are two more screws hiding there. Finally, remove the optical drive.

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2. Removing the bottom plate

Since all the screws have been removed, proceed with prying up the keyboard tray. A small and thin plastic card or tool should do the trick. After you’ve removed it, you will see all the internals and the cooling system.

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We would like to emphasize on the cooling design – it’s rather effective and our “Temperature” tests are here to prove it, but the issue with the vent placement is at hand. Since it’s placed on the right side, it blows hot air into the user’s arm obstructing normal mouse usage. Anyway, the heat pipe placement ensures no heat sharing between the GPU and CPU – bonus points for that.

3. Upgrade options

As we said earlier, the notebook comes with more than enough storage options. Ours had 2.5-inch 2TB Samsung Spinpoint HDD, spinning at 5400 rpm. There are also two 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM chips, again from Samsung and Realtek Wi-Fi modem with model number RTL8723BE.

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The laptop also supports 2280 M.2 SSD, probably SATA, with M key edge connector, but B&Ms are also compatible. Our slot was occupied by an OEM version of Samsung’s M.2 sticks with 128GB capacity. Here’s a list of hardware that we found.

  • 2.5-inch Samsung Spinpoint 2TB @5400 rpm HDD
  • M.2 2280 SATA Samsung 128GB SSD (the slot supports M edge or B&M edge sticks)
  • 2x 4GB Samsung DDR3-1600 SDRAM chips
  • Realtek Wi-Fi modem with model number RTL8723BE

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6 years ago

really bad cooling design as always … perfect to cook your breakfast.

6 years ago

got one of these laptops, there a lot more screws than what you have put on the photos, the really annoying thing about the laptop is how so few customer accessible parts, that we can change, but other than that really good laptop.

6 years ago

merci 🙂

6 years ago

does it support Samsung Evo 850 M.2??

3 years ago

does it support M.2 NVME SSD or is it just a SATA M.2 socket? pls reply