Lenovo ThinkPad T470p Disassembly and RAM, SSD Upgrade Options


Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.80GHz)
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64
Display Type: 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, non-touch
Memory: 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB GDRR5
Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5″, SATA3
WLAN: Intel 2 x 2 11 ac + Bluetooth 4.2
Webcam: 720p HD webcam with dual array microphones

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Remove the card tray.

Unlock and remove the battery.
Remove all screws that securing the bottom case.

Insert a guitar pick or crowbar under the bottom case. Slide the pick along the bottom case to take off the bottom case.

With the bottom case removed, you can get access to the hard drive, RAM module, Wi-Fi module, CMOS battery, speaker module, heat sink, cooling fan and motherboard.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470p has two RAM slots, one slot was occupied by an SK Hynix 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, you can add another 8GB or 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM.

The laptop support up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, that means you can remove the 8GB RAM and add to 16GB RAM.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470p has no M.2 2280 slot, but it is has a WWAN M.2 2242 slot, you can add an M.2 2242 SSD, I have added it on ThinkPad T460p, you can visit the guide here.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470p heat sink and cooling fan module

The laptop also has SSD version, and the SSD install at the hard drive bay via a transfer bracket.
If you want to add an M.2 2280 PCIe SSD, you can buy a transfer bracket from Lenovo.

Here’s SSD bracket

The test result in ThinkPadt470p

The test results in desktop


  1. I would have bought this laptop but I won’t for 3 reasons:
    1. Lack of mini Display port – how am I supposed to connect 2 monitors?
    2. Lack of USB-C. WHY? it is 2017 out there….
    3. It is stupid to convert PCIe SSD to SATA3 interface.

  2. Can you please confirm whether it has miniDisplay port?
    Also speed test of the PCIe ssd working through sata3 on this New T470p would be appreciated.

  3. It is lame to have a converter sata 3 to nvme issue is that you can’t maximixe the speed. In fact not stable for other device such as samsung evo 960 1 tb. After powering-on Lenovo Logo appears then stucks there. It require to reboot the machine by force in order to boot the windows normally. Updated all posible driver yet no luck. Such a piece of crap.

  4. It looks like the M.2 SSD bracket is connecting to a SATA interface, but that’s not possible judging by the benchmarks. What is it plugging into? Did the 2.5″ SATA drive you replaced use some sort of SATA to PCIE converter?

  5. How about switching out the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB GDRR5 for a more powerful (4 , 6, 8, 16GB) 2GB gets me by just barely. I need to switch it out or sell this laptop and buy a better one. (laptop was a gift so id rather keep it and upgrade the part. What graphics card would be compatible? ( the more powerful the better)


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