HP t430: Hardware 

HP t430 Thin Client

The HP t430 was launched in May 2018. It is a physically small thin client and is intended to lie flat on a desktop. The flash and RAM are fixed and about the only option you have is what WiFi card you choose to fit in the internal M.2 slot.


Processor & Graphics

Dual core Intel Celeron CPU
   N4000 1.1-2.6GHz or
   N4020 1.1-2.8GHz
Intel UHD graphics 600
Embedded 16GB (ThinPro) or 32GB (Windows)
Embedded 2GB (ThinPro) or 4GB (Windows)

   Video Ports

3 x USB 3.1 type A (2 rear, 1 side)
1 x USB 3.1 type C (side)
1 x Display Port
1 x HDMI
1 x Display Port over USB-C
Upto UHD/4K 3840 x 2160
Only two video outputs can be used simultaneously.
19.5V 3.33A (label)
Coax male 4.5mm/3.0mm + centre pin
H x W x D (mm)135 x 135 x 32

The embedded operating system is one of:

  • HP ThinPro
  • HP Smart Zero Core
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

My example came with 32GB of flash and 4GB of RAM. Someone had installed ELUX as the OS. I subsequently found it must have come from the factory with ThinOS. It complained about a lack of licence when I loaded the HP Win 10 IOT OS.

Power Supply

The t430 is supplied with a 45W 19.5V 2.3A DC supply. The connector is male coaxial connector. According to my micrometer the external diameter of the barrel is 4.5mm, the internal diameter 3mm. I don't what the size is of the recessed centre pin. (April notes it is the same one as used on the t420, t640 and t740).

If you don't have an HP PSU/charger and are thinking of using a non-HP PSU see this page.

In April 2022 I heard from April:

In addition to the normal power connector the USB-C port on the side supports USB-C PD. Instead of connecting the standard power brick I plugged in a USB-C laptop charger into the USB-C socket and the t430 powered up. It uses the 20V option, so most USB-C phone chargers probably won't work, but most made for laptops will. Due to the nature of USB-C PD, any attempt to use an incompatible power adapter with this port should just result in it not working without any resulting damage. I believe the intention here is to connect it to a monitor with a single cable, carrying power (via USB PD), video (via DisplayPort alt mode) and keyboard/mouse inputs all over one connector.


The CPU fitted to the t430 is either a dual core Intel Celeron N4000 or a dual core Intel Celeron N4020. My example is fitted with a N4000.

vendor_id :GenuineIntel
cpu family :6
model :122
model name :Intel(R) Celeron(R) N4000 CPU @ 1.10GHz
stepping :1
flags :fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc art arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf tsc_known_freq pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 sdbg cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch cpuid_fault cat_l2 pti cdp_l2 ibrs ibpb stibp ibrs_enhanced fsgsbase tsc_adjust smep erms mpx rdt_a rdseed smap clflushopt intel_pt sha_ni xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 xsaves dtherm ida arat pln pts umip rdpid arch_capabilities


00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 31f0 (rev 03)
00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Device 3190 (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Device 3185 (rev 03)
00:0e.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device 3198 (rev 03)
00:0f.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Device 319a (rev 03)
00:13.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 31d8 (rev f3)
00:13.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 31d9 (rev f3)
00:15.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Device 31a8 (rev 03)
00:1c.0 SD Host controller: Intel Corporation Device 31cc (rev 03)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 31e8 (rev 03)
00:1f.1 SMBus: Intel Corporation Device 31d4 (rev 03)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 15)


Click on the photo for a larger picture of the motherboard.

Flash: The t430 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of embedded NAND flash memory. The only option you have for adding storage is using one of the USB ports. At least these are USB3.1 ports.

RAM: The RAM is either 2GB or 4GB of single channel DDR4 RAM. This is embedded and can't be changed.

M.2 flash on the HP t430

WiFi: The t430 has a M.2 2230 slot for a wireless network card. The HP t430 specification mentions two Intel options:

  • Intel Wireless-AC 9260 with Bluetooth; M.2 module with integrated internal Wi-Fi antenna system
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo 802.11ac (1x1)

Atheros M.2 flash on the HP t430
I had an Qualcomm Atheros QCNFA435 WiFi card to hand and so tried that out in the M.2 slot.

It was duly recognised as such by the Linux kernel.

02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev ff)

From the device specs it looks like the M.2 slot carries the usual PCIe (used for WiFi) and USB (used for Bluetooth) interfaces.

In April 2022 I heard from April who had tried out her SD card adapter which hadn't worked, so confirming the absence of a SDIO interface.

Additional photos

CMOS clear button the HP t430

Button/switch to clear the CMOS.

links on the HP t430

The usual set of HP links - PSWD, FDO, BBR, BB.


Any comments? email me. Added September 2021