HP ZBook Fury 16 G9 Buying Guide


The HP 16" ZBook Fury 16 G9 Mobile Workstation is so powerful, you'll forget it's a laptop. If you're looking to replace your desktop, this is the system you want. It is focused solely on delivering the performance needed for creative professionals―and that includes media creators, developers, and data scientists. With a top configuration that includes a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 CPU, 128GB of DDR5 RAM, 12TB of SSD storage, dedicated NVIDIA RTX A5500 graphics, and a 16" 4K DreamColor display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 16:10 aspect ratio, the ZBook Fury G9 excels at tasks that include advanced 3D, VR, and data science. Read on for a more expansive look into who this system is designed for, how it may be configured, which configuration may be best for you, and which software pairs well with your needs and the configured hardware.

HP 16" ZBook Fury 16

HP 16" ZBook Fury 16

Who's It For?

The ZBook Fury G9 can be used by a variety of creative professionals for a wide array of tasks. Its biggest market is product developers, as well as architects, engineers, and construction professionals who are working with CAD/CAM and simulation software, rendering, and VR. The ZBook Fury will be able to manipulate models without latency, thanks to 128GB of RAM, share and collaborate with its 5MP IR camera and advanced collaboration tools, and take advantage of enhanced multitasking with AI enhanced performance management.

The next user base for the ZBook Fury 16―media and entertainment pros, game & VR developers―is slightly smaller, but still very relevant. There will be advanced VR support for effortless modeling and texturing, seamless color grading using DreamColor panels, and real-time rendering that will allow you to preview environmental changes and render billions of triangles.

The most niche use for this system is for those working in data science. Up to 12TB of storage spread over four SSDs will support massive data sets and, users will be able to iterate faster with ample power to train AI models in record time.

Configurations and Software

Since this system is largely geared toward creatives, the dedicated GPU is going to be one of your more important assets. As with the ZBook Studio G9, there are a few Core™ i7 and Core™ i9 processor options to choose from, all of which have 18 cores with base and boost frequencies that largely fall within the same range. However, the ZBook Fury also has a Core™ i5 option with 12 cores, which I'd probably skip if you're a serious creative. More 4800 MHz DDR5 memory is always better, but doubling your RAM won't double the speed at which your system works, so I'd recommend 16GB RAM minimum, but don't be afraid to go higher, since this system supports up to 128GB RAM using four SO-DIMM slots.

Creative pros are most likely going to use an external Thunderbolt™ 4 drive or RAID array to store their creative content work, but the ZBook Fury helps tackle serious projects and store large amounts of data while also remaining mobile. With four M.2 2280 slots that support PCIe 4.0 x4, you'll be able to configure your ZBook Fury with up to 12TB of internal SSD storage.

Moving back to the GPU, anyone working with Autodesk, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Illustrator, SOLIDWORKS, and Solid Edge will be satisfied with an NVIDIA RTX A1000, which benefits workflows including mainstream creative design, 3D models, scenes, and assemblies, plus pro app tuning, pro entry creation/design, and lightweight gaming.

If you find yourself working with Substance 3D Painter, Substance 3D Designer, Substance 3D Stager, Substance 3D Sampler, Autodesk Revit, Creo, CATIA, Siemens NX, and more, you'll benefit from an NVIDIA RTX A2000. This card benefits workflows including 3D model development, simulation for CAE, photoreal rendering and accelerated deep learning, RTX ray tracing, 3D creation/design, and pro-game engines.

The NVIDIA RTX A3000 is a good mid-tier card. Users will be able to work with large 3D models, scenes, and assemblies, drive VR experiences, and speed up real-time photoreal rendering, ray tracing, inferencing, and deep learning for pro physics/simulations, pro 3D modeling, mainstream gaming, and pro VR using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier Pro, Cinema 4D, Unity, 3ds Max, and Blender.

On the higher end, the RTX A4500 will benefit workflows including real-time interactive work with larger 3D projects, larger AI and data science models, graphics, and visualization, as well as enhanced processing for real-time photoreal rendering, ray tracing, inferencing, and deep learning for pro content creation and pro data science. These workflows can be executed using Maya, the Unreal Engine, and DaVinci Resolve.

The top-tier GPU offered by HP for the ZBook Fury G9 is the RTX A5500. Using software like Nuke, Houdini, and Arnold, this configuration is best for real-time interactive work with larger 3D projects, larger AI and data science models, graphics, and visualization, faster real-time photoreal rendering, ray tracing, inferencing, and deep learning for pro intensive data science and AI acceleration, rich pro creation, design, and modeling.

For users or workflows that require ISV certified graphics, I'd recommend the RTX A1000 to A5500 cards. However, there is an additional GPU to choose from―an AMD Radeon PRO 6600M. With software such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier Pro, Cinema 4D, Unity, 3ds Max, and Blender, the ZBook Fury G9 lets you work with large 3D models, scenes, and assemblies. This card also supports hardware ray tracing and double-rate FP16 for processes like pro app tuning, pro creation and design, and mainstream gaming.


Equally as important as the GPU is a display that's capable of showing your work as it's meant to be seen. The 16" panel can be configured in a few ways, but serious creatives will opt for the 3840 x 2400 DreamColor IPS display, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, 500 nits of brightness, and 100% DCI-P3 gamut coverage. This panel may also be configured with OLED backlighting and multi-touch functionality. If you don't need a 4K display, there are 1920 x 1200 options available, one of which has an HP Sure View integrated privacy screen, as well as a traditional 1920 x 1080 panel.

OLED Touchscreen
DreamColor Display

But why might you want a DreamColor display? It will help maintain color consistency, deliver smoother interactions with design models, render artifact-free images from cameras, and present imagery as it will appear when printed. The DreamColor display holds distinct advantages over the Full HD panels, especially regarding max brightness and color gamut coverage.

It is worth mentioning that all HP ZBook Studio G9 systems have a 16:10 aspect ratio, which helps reduce the need to scroll by showing more vertical content than a 16:9 display. The aspect ratio of your work doesn't change, but you'll be able to see more of your project without minimizing program menus or toolbars, which can be helpful when you're focused and in the zone.

Aspect Ratio
Aspect Ratio

Cooling, Portability, and Upgrades

Built to handle intensive tasks, the ZBook Fury G9 stays cool using a vapor chamber that vaporizes liquid, facilitating heat transfer from the GPU and CPU and distributing it throughout the chamber for optimized cooling. This is augmented by thin, curved metal fans and two-sided venting, as well as optimized power distribution, which helps ensure that power is provided to relevant components.

With a starting weight of 5.3 pounds, the ZBook Fury G9 may not be as lightweight as some of the other ZBook systems, but it's the most powerful, and the added components increase its weight. However, it's still a very portable unit that will fit into your bag so you can be tackle intense workflows with pro graphics, complete color accuracy, and enhanced collaboration features for tasks that include editing 8K video, 3D rendering, and training machine learning models, all while you're on the go.

In Conclusion

HP's ZBook Fury 16 G9 Mobile Workstation is the mobile workstation that will replace your desktop. It can easily be taken on the go and supports HP docking options, including the Thunderbolt™ 120W G4 Dock and Thunderbolt™ 280W G4 Dock with Combo Cable , so you can work with additional external peripherals, including storage, displays, and more.

HP Thunderbolt G4 Dock

HP Thunderbolt G4 Dock

No matter which field or industry you work in, there's a configuration of the ZBook Fury G9 that will help you execute your vision.