[Official] HP S01-pf1013w Owner's Thread and Review

Overview

The HP S01 is the successor to the insanely popular HP290. Why they didn’t call it the HP 300, we’ll probably never know. Despite the very similar exterior, many substantial changes have been made.

Hardware

  • HP S01
  • Intel Celeron G5900 (2C/2T, 10th-gen QuickSync)
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • 3 SATA ports (DVD drive, one for 2.5" SATA, one for 3.5" SATA)
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA
  • 2 x low profile PCIe slots (x16, x1)
  • M.2 NVMe 2242/2280 support (does not support M.2 SATA)
  • Realtek GbE NIC (add an Intel dual or quad port for pfSense)
  • ~7W idle power consumption
  • about 2U wide
  • 1x80mm fan (quiet)

Shipping & Packaging

VIP Outlet is simply the best. The HP S01 was shipped in an extremely oversized box with ample bubble wrapping. The S01 arrived undamaged and in a timely manner.

External Overview

While it wasn’t noted in the ebay listing, VIP Outlet included a standard HP mouse, keyboard, and power cord. Note that the mouse and keyboard are the same as the HP 290’s offerings, they are not the current generation of HP peripherals. It’s not a big deal, these will work just fine.

This particular S01 was listed by VIP Outlet as “Grade B refurbished”. A lesser seller would have listed it as “Grade A”. From what I can see, there are only two exterior blemishes, and they are minor. There’s one on the front, and one on the back.

I really like the 3D cube pattern on the front, it adds a bit of class to what would be an otherwise plain fascia. The front I/O consists of 4 USB 3.0 ports, a SD card reader, and a combo headset jack.

The vent is a little smaller than the HP 290’s.

The rear I/O is similar to the HP 290 as well, with HDMI, VGA, 4 USB 3.0, and gigabit ethernet.

Disassembly and Internal Overview

Tools used:

HP really loves their Torx T15. Every screw removed in this guide is a T15.
There’s one at the rear holding the side panel in. This one is captive, so you won’t have to worry about losing it.

Slide the panel rearward, and lift off.

Inside, it looks really similar to the HP 290, but upon closer inspection there are some significant changes.

Let’s take a look at the power supply - again, very similar to the HP 290. It’s an 80 PLUS GOLD rated unit, but this time it’s 180 watts instead of 250 watts.

The first thing I noticed was that the x16 PCIe slot is on the bottom instead of the top now. I use a passively cooled (2 slot thick) EVGA GT 1030 in my HP 290, where the x16 is at the top. It definitely won’t fit in here. You will be limited to single slot width PCIe cards, unfortunately.
The HDD caddy is on the right of this picture, at the front of the chassis. Looks like the heatsink and cooling shroud is in a similar configuration as well.

Just like the HP 290, we have to remove the DVD drive before continuing on. The green tab will allow you to slide it forward slightly so that the power and data cables can be unplugged.

I had a bit of a time trying to slide mine forward. Looks like there’s a disc stuck in the drive!

There’s fingerprints and dirt all over this thing. Odd.

You’ll need to salvage this green rail if you want to replace the DVD drive with a 2.5" SSD/HDD caddy.

A quick power up and eject… treasure!

Anyway, back to disassembly. There are 3 tabs on the top of the face plate that need to be released. Careful not to break them, they are only ABS plastic.

Wow, what a surprise. This is MUCH better than the HP 290 already. There’s no wires attaching the front panel to the chassis.

Next we need to remove the HDD cage. Unplug the 3.5" HDD using this window in the top.

Push this metal tab and lift up.

Again, even better than the HP 290. There’s no screws holding the HDD cage in place, and the whole front of the case doesn’t come off with it. The S01 is so much easier to work with.

Here we can see all of the ports on the motherboard: 3 SATA, NVMe, Wi-FI/BT, fan headers, etc.
Note: The NVMe 2242 uses a standard (smaller) M.2 screw, while the 2280 appears to use a larger one. I have no clue why HP decided to do this.

Here’s the HDD caddy flipped upside-down. There’s a section below the 3.5" HDD where a 2.5" SSD/HDD can be mounted - a very welcome addition.

Here’s a better look at the front of the motherboard.

WiFi/BT card: HP part number 915620-001. Notice that the antenna goes towards the front of the chassis.

The location of the antenna is better for 2 reasons.

  1. It’s generally better to have the Wi-Fi at the front, where signal is likely to be better
  2. The antenna itself is protected by the front panel. It was a somewhat common issue where the HP 290s would have broken antennas.

Remove the 3.5" HDD with 4 Torx T15 screws.

Western Digital WD10EZEX HDD. Nothing special.

The RAM is installed in the correct slot, believe it or not. The primary slot is farthest from the CPU.

Basically the same memory you’ll see in any standard DDR4 desktop. Samsung PC4-2666

Let’s remove the CPU shroud next. The 4 pin power cable doesn’t need to be unplugged, but it needs to be removed from the shroud.

Pull it out of the way.

There are 2 tabs next to the fan that need to be released, and then the shroud can be removed.

It’s starting to look a little barren in here!

4 Torx T15 screws are used to secure the CPU heatsink.

Don’t forget to unplug the 4 pin PWM fan connector for the CPU heatsink.

Let’s clean off the CPU and see what’s inside: the Celeron G5900.

Repasting with Gelid GC Extreme, per usual.
Simply retrace your steps and you’ll be able to reassemble the S01 without any issues.

Miscellaneous

The PCIe retention system is pretty simple. Lift where the arrow is and then you can install your expansion cards.

It’s a shame that it doesn’t have USB-C, although there is a spot for it at the front.

Possible uses

  • Small QuickSync box
  • pfSense router
  • Dedicated NZB unpack box
  • Dedicated Torrent seed box
  • Physical “VM” for whatever you want
  • use multiple with Docker Swarm
  • Use a dual port 10GbE adapter
  • Use a 9201-8e for NAS/DAS

Resources

Links

Conclusion

The HP S01 is largely more of the same from HP, which is a good thing considering the success of the HP 290. It’s interesting that so much attention to detail has been placed on such a low-tier consumer PC. It’s extremely easy to take apart, and packs an astounding amount of expansion for such a small unit. While the new upgrades didn’t come without downsides (particularly the single slot only GPU issue), if you can overlook them - there’s no reason not to favor the S01 over the 290.

And who knows, maybe you’ll get a “Dire Straits” CD to give to your old man.

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What HDMI version is it?

That’s a good question. According to this, it’s HDMI 1.4b with HDCP 2.2.

Disappointing, I know.

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Going to upgrade my 7500T box with this as I’d like to use that box for something else. Can’t wait.!

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Free computer with a dire straits cd? Hell yes!

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money for nothin and your CDs for free.

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WTF, I love Dire Straits.

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excellent write up as always @JDM_WAAAT !

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What Core i7 can I put in this thing to upgrade it?

Looking to move my Blue Iris VM on my unRaid server to take advantage of the QS in BI. BI wasn’t on my radar when I originally built that unRaid box, but I have been getting by ok with it as a VM.

So, figured I’d just remove my NVME drive from my 7500t machine an put it in the 10 gen HP machine and all would be well…

Plex is gone and now I can’t set up it following the instructions. Stuck on step 0 of the new guide. the auto.master file edit. I’ve posted there… oh well. Should have left well enough alone.

Plex is gone? Uh oh.

Was this the only drive you were using in the 7500 machine? What OS were you running? Ubuntu?

Man, I just got my 290 up and running for PMS a month ago and last week picked up an HP Elitedesk g2 mini to run some VMs… I’m struggling now wanting to swap the 290 for this one, especially since VIP is in my city and I get next day shipping (kinda silly they have to ship it but…)

Yes only drive. And now I can’t get it resetup… going to need help tomorrow. Ubuntu

You won’t need to put a 10th-gen i7 in there, an i3 or i5 will suffice. 10th-gen core counts are much higher than 4th-7th gen.

Does everything else function as normal? I would open a terminal and “which plexmediaserver”

I’d find it strange if the executables were somehow removed just by migrating the drive.

I’m looking to upgrade to about 10x 4k cameras, sooner than later, from my current hodge podge of 2x 4k cameras, 3x 1080p wyze cams, and 5MP. I notice that the CPU tends to spike while using the web interface and when exporting clips. I’d like the extra headroom to be able scrub video while it’s doing those things. Again my experience is limited to the Win10 VM running BI.

I’m leaning towards a 10th gen i5 for this box. We had a neighbors dog come and kill a chicken and injured a duck today. Unfortunately the 5 MP PTZ wasn’t looking in the right area so I want to have a few 4k cameras to cover the critical zones and not miss a thing. Wife said we need more cameras so I’m striking while the iron is hot lol. A side note, the WAF for the BI UI3 interface ranks high.

The i5-10400 would work, just make sure you don’t use the i5-10400F.
If you’re seeing high CPU usage, there are an absolute TON of optimizations you can do with BI.

No idea, I’ve already wiped the drive and started over

Pulled the trigger on this refurb that has an i5-10400. It penciled out to be about the same to get this one than upgrade the one with a Celeron with a little less hassle. Adding another 8 GB stick to bump it up to 16 GB total. Will be swapping the 4 TB WD Purple in my 2nd unRaid box to this along with the Win10 VM image dedicated to Blue Iris.

Also found a Crucial memory stick cheaper than the one linked above. $42.99 vs $48.95 I like Crucial try to stick with it in my builds.

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My shipping box was indeed huge.

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