HP Envy, a closer look at the internals!

HP Envy, a closer look at the internals!


Yesterday I posted a screenshot of the internals, here are more detailed photos taken when I installed my Samsung 960 EVO 256GB (buy here).

Firstly, you’ll need a T5 torx screwdriver  to remove the bottom 3 screws holding the surprisingly sturdy bottom metal casing. Note that you don’t need to remove the rubber strip!

Then you’ll need the remove the rubber strip near the hinge to reveal 4 Phillips screws.

Next step is to gently pry it open, I used an old credit card. Note that the bottom fascia can be sharp.

After that you should see the guts of the beast!

HDD held in place by rubber.
possible EM shielding for the ram? correct me in the comments.
I wished that the battery was larger and use the space left by the HDD!
I’m not a fan 🙂

There is a M.2 2280 slot available, which I installed an 960 EVO. Note the 960 EVO didn’t come with a screw to secure the card. I had to use the one that came with my x370-prime. So buyer beware, check out M2x3mm screws.

Also, I made a mistake on the previous blog post and the RAM is totally accessible and upgrade-able!!!!

I am currently installing WIN 10 on a flash drive, using the media creation tool.

Will update when the install is complete! please let there be no errors!

Update: No errors and I can now confirm NVME speeds!

  • Reichard Könige

    Yep similar CrystalMark results after firmware upgrade and nvme express driver update. I left Norton running for this. Never seen it affect performance.
    CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2017 hiyohiyo
    Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/
    * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
    * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2936.160 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1314.169 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1068.191 MB/s [ 260788.8 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1036.465 MB/s [ 253043.2 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 357.955 MB/s [ 87391.4 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 236.621 MB/s [ 57768.8 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 44.193 MB/s [ 10789.3 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 129.508 MB/s [ 31618.2 IOPS]

    Test : 1024 MiB [C: 26.2% (60.7/231.7 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
    Date : 2017/11/19 0:52:15
    OS : Windows 10 [10.0 Build 17025] (x64)

  • Candlepin_Bowler

    Any luck getting the rubber strip back on after? I’m worried about stretching it out and losing the adhesiveness…

    • monstercameron

      the rubber strip closest to the hinge won’t have any problems with adhesion/stretching . The strip closest to the hand rest will stretch though.

      • Candlepin_Bowler

        They both look exactly the same to me. Yours went back on ok? Post a picture?

  • Andy C.

    Thanks for the good pictures and write-up. Any difficulties setting the 960 as the boot drive? Any BIOS settings need to be changed?

    • monstercameron

      The 960 evo is pretty much “set it and forget it.” It just worked.

  • Shaheer Khan

    Hey I had a few questions regarding the SSD upgrade.

    I see that only the rubber strip nearest to the screen hinge needs to be removed.
    Did you remove the entire strips, or just the sides where the screws are?
    Also, how do you make sure the rubber sticks back, was there an adhesive that you applied?

    For installing Windows, it seems you did a clean install.
    How did you activate Windows?
    Did it automatically recognize the motherboard and product key?

    Do you find the screen to be too dim? Also, how is battery life for you?

    Thanks for taking your time to help me.