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HubertSiwy
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t470p upgrade From SATA HDD/SDD to NVMe M.2 2280

HI Lenovo community!

I want to upgrade my t470p hdd   to  NVMe M.2 2280 Samsung 960 PRO and enjoy full speed.

I read that I need adapter  but I dont know which one and will a achive full speed 2100/3500MB/s with this adapter?

 

otheos
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Re: t470p upgrade From SATA HDD/SDD to NVMe M.2 2280

The T470p has a PCIe 4x interface limited to only two lanes. As such the maximum speed you can see is 1800MB/s. 

As such don't go buying the most expensive PCIe SSD. I have the 960 Evo 500GB which is rated at 3200MB/s read and 1800MB/s write I get around 1800MB/s for both.

 

Actually, in real life I have not felt any difference between it and the Samsung 851 SATA SSD I had installed before. As such I would advise against spending so much money towards a PCIe SSD + the caddy (only $30) and get a larger SATA SSD.

 

 

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HubertSiwy
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Re: t470p upgrade From SATA HDD/SDD to NVMe M.2 2280

Thank you for your answer.

Where I can founf information which ThinkPad model has a PCIe 4x interface limited to only two lanes and which not?

and which model of caddy will work for t470p?  do i need a cabel also?

otheos
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Re: t470p upgrade From SATA HDD/SDD to NVMe M.2 2280

As far as I know, both T470 and T470p have the same limitation (i.e. 2 pcie lanes). I cannot talk for the t470s or X and Carbon models, and I would think the new T?80 series laptops have the full 4x pci lanes.

Again, I do not think that in real life you can tell the difference between a SATA SSD and a 2x or 4x NVMe drive.

I certainly haven't been able to feel a difference going from a SATA drive (550/550) to an NVMe (1800/1500). But your experience might be different. That's why I cannot recommend the cost of NVMe, given that it is close to 2x per GB.

In any event, the part you are after is FRU 01HY319. It is about $30 or less from Lenovo. The T470p does not require a wire, the caddy is all you need. Be careful, the T470 (non P) has a different caddy, different FRU code and requires a wire as well.

So long as you look for FRU 01HY319 you'll be fine.

Enjoy your laptop.
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supkdunn
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Re: t470p upgrade From SATA HDD/SDD to NVMe M.2 2280

Does anyone know of a similar fru that  I could install 2 drives in for dual boot purposes ? I have FRU 01HY319

but it only hold 1 drive . thanks very much

otheos
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Re: t470p upgrade From SATA HDD/SDD to NVMe M.2 2280

You can't have two NVMe drives there, as a single takes up all the bandwidth available to the Sata Express port that the bracket is connected to. You can find after market brackets that will take 2 SATA m.2 drives for separate boot. Not NVMe.

 

It works the same way as if you had a SATA SSD in the wann slot and a SATA drive in the 2.5 bay.

Thinkpad T480s, Thinkpad T460p

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