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buffalo_girl
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2570P: RAID-0/cpu-upgrades/mSATA features (HP Expert Day)

Have a few questions about a HP Elitebook 2570P:

 

1. Does it's bios allows RAID-0 stripping across two identical 2.5" drives in the system? One in the primary drive bay and the other in an upgrade drive bay. I read that a 2560P's bios only supports RAID-1 (mirroring). So has the bios on a 2570P been updated to support RAID-0 for super fast disk access?

 

2. I understand a 2570P has a socketted CPU allowing a user to upgrade their CPU by swapping the factory supplied one with another. So if I were to upgrade the CPU, which ones would not void my factory warranty? eg:

- any of 35W dual-core ones specced for the system

- any 35W dual or quad core ones (eg: i7-3612QM)

 

Main point then: would installing a 45W i7-quad like a i7-3720QM void the warranty?

 

3. Is there any mSATA SSD support in a 2570P? I read a review on 51nb.com suggesting the WWAN slot doubles as a mSATA slot. I haven't seen that verified in any HP product documentation so can you confirm if this system has a mSATA sot.

 

Thank you

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soccer_dan
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Re: 2570P: RAID-0/cpu-upgrades/mSATA features (HP Expert Day)

let me try to answer your questions.

 

1. i do not believe hp supports raid 0 on these notebooks, but the chipset allows it. Now, if you want to set up a raid 0 volume, you will, obviously, have to replace the optical drive with a 2nd identical (or larger) drive. then, set the controller mode in the bios (hit f10 at power-on to enter bios setup mode)  to raid, from its defaul of ahci. the follow the instructions from intel at

 

http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-022648.htm

 

2. hp does NOT support replacing/upgrading of cpus in the field. warranty may become void if you do. You can order the 2570p with the following supported processors

 

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3520M (2.90 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache, 35W, 2 cores)*
  Up to 3.60 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3360M (2.80 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache, 35W, 2 cores)*
  Up to 3.50 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache, 35W, 2 cores)*
  Up to 3.30 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (2.50 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache, 35W, 2 cores)*
  Up to 3.10 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology

 

3. there is no mSata on the 2570p. It is a question of internal space. BTW, we fully support some SSD if you want best performance on the notebook, rather than going to the raid method. i highly recommend it

 

Hope this helps

 

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buffalo_girl
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Re: 2570P: RAID-0/cpu-upgrades/mSATA features (HP Expert Day)

Hey - thank you for the answers. With the RAID-0 capability, I did try to engage it on  a 2560P finding the bios only allowed RAID-1. Can you confirm then that RAID-0 capability has been enabled on a 2570P. Quite right, I had two identical harddisks. One was in the 2.5" drive bay and the other in a caddy placed in the upgrade bay replacing the optical drive.

 

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buffalo_girl
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Re: 2570P: RAID-0/cpu-upgrades/mSATA features (HP Expert Day)

.. sorry - you said that mSATA support is a question of internal space.

 

I am not sure why then the WWAN slot wasn't doubled up as mSATA+WWAN as Lenovo do in the Thinkpad range. The pins used for both those interfaces do not clash so it can be accomodated. I find it unusual that HP hasn't figured this out. It would be very easy to add what, another 4 wires leading from the SATA lines of the I/O chip to the WWAN slot, alter the bios to support mSATA boot.

 

Same with a HP 2170P. Why didn't HP do a basic design addition to give it mSATA SSD+HDD capability? It would have been a great system then.

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soccer_dan
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Re: 2570P: RAID-0/cpu-upgrades/mSATA features (HP Expert Day)

You make a good point. Unfortunately, engineers always have to make compromises when designing a product. Things such as support, drivers, cooling, mix of components, supply chain issues, they all come into play. I am sorry the laptop does not meet all your wish lists

 

Also, did you know HP EliteBooks meet more than 10  Mil-Spec 810G tests for ruggedness?

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