HP has produced a proper workstation with this one. It has ECC memory support (when equipped with a Xeon processor), and a ton of upgrade options.
1. Remove the bottom plate and the battery
Accessing this laptop’s internals is very easy. Just flick the switch on the bottom panel, and slide the panel away from the chassis. Then, you can unplug the 94Wh battery pack with the help of two further sliders.
2. Мemory and storage
Storage-wise, there is a maximum of four M.2 PCIe slots, which is insane. However, two of them require an adapter, which HP provides inside the box. Otherwise, you can connect a 2.5-inch SATA device in their place. And when it comes to memory, there are a total of four RAM SODIMM slots. Two are accessible from the bottom, while the other two are located beneath the keyboard. The total amount of memory supported is 128GB of non-ECC, and 64GB of ECC.
To access two of the SODIMM slots, and one M.2 slot, you need to remove the keyboard. First, undo 3 marked Phillips-head screws, and stick your pry tool through the open space around one of the fans. Before you proceed, make sure you have unplugged the black and orange connector from the touchpad. Then, reattach the bottom panel, turn the laptop around, and carefully pry the keyboard with a plastic tool. Keep in mind that there are two further ribbon cables that need to be removed – one for the backlight, and one for the keyboard, itself.
Here, you can see that both the storage and the memory slots are covered by metal plates. You just need to unscrew a total of three Phillips-head screws to be able to use the slots.
3. Cooling system
While HP states, that this device will come with a vapor chamber cooling solution, we suppose that it will only feature on the top tier specs, since ours had a more conventional design, including a couple of heat pipes.
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- 4x RAM SODIMM + 4x M.2 PCIe x4
- Quiet under stress
- Doesn't use aggressive PWM (CMN15F6)
- 95% of sRGB coverage and great color accuracy with our Gaming and Web design profile (CMN15F6)
- Exceptional keyboard and touchpad combo
- Great battery life
- Thunderbolt 4, SD card and Smart Card readers + optional IR face recognition and fingerprint reader
- Low TGP graphics card
- Quite pricy