HP ZBook Studio G9 Buying Guide


Powerfully immersive and perfectly sized, the HP ZBook Studio G9 Mobile Workstation houses high-end CPU and GPU configurations in a super thin and light form factor. It combines performance and mobility for a wide variety of creative professionals, including videographers, imagers, and designers. With a top configuration that includes a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 CPU, 64GB DDR5 RAM, a 4TB SSD, dedicated NVIDIA RTX A5500 or GeForce 3080 Ti graphics, and a 16" 4K DreamColor display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 16:10 aspect ratio, the ZBook Studio G9 excels at tasks such as 3D, graphics, and video. Read on for a more expansive look into for whom this system is designed, how it may be configured, which configuration may be best for you, and which software pairs well with both your needs and the configured hardware.

HP ZBook Studio G9

HP ZBook Studio G9

Who’s It For?

The ZBook Studio G9 can be used by a variety of creative professionals for a wide array of tasks. Video and imaging creatives will find it the most useful, no matter if they’re editing photos with filters and effects; editing video with lighting, color correction, and sound design; or engaging in color critical work that involves color matching and grading, as well as an intermediate and final review of your work.

Moving deeper into the market and targeting a more specific user, the ZBook Studio G9 is also very popular among 3D, gaming, and animation designers who are working with 2D & 3D CAD to model individual assets, 2D textures, and effects; AI and physics simulations for in-game simulations, asset behavior, and engine optimization; and high-end visualizations that include VR, real-time ray tracing, trillions of polygons, and advanced rendering.

A more niche, but still very applicable use for this system is also found among product designers, architects, engineers, and construction professionals. Tackle advanced 2D & 3D CAD work with anywhere from 10 to 10,000+ models, or work with advanced simulations and models that involve CFD (computational fluid dynamics), stress/strain, thermal, and electrical systems, as well as failure analysis and design revision.

Configurations and Software

Since this system is largely geared toward creatives, the dedicated GPU is going to be one of your more important assets. I’m not saying to skimp on other aspects, but all the Core™ i7 and Core™ i9 processor options have 14 cores, with the Efficient cores (3.5 to 3.8 GHz) and Performance cores (4.7 to 5.0 GHz) delivering the differences in speeds. When it comes to the 4800 MHz DDR5 memory, more is always better, but doubling your RAM won’t double the speed at which your system works. I’d recommend 16GB RAM minimum for low level tasks, 32GB for mid-level, and 64GB for high-end stuff. When choosing an internal SSD, a larger capacity drive will let you store more data, but don’t get too hung up on that aspect. You’re more likely going to be using external storage for your creative content work, so invest in a good Thunderbolt™ 4 drive or RAID array.

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. The RTX A1000 can work up to 5x faster than integrated graphics.

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 helps workflows with 3D model development, simulation for CAE, photoreal rendering and accelerated deep learning, RTX ray tracing, 3D creation/design, and pro-game engines. The RTX A2000 works up to 1.5x faster than a T1200.

The NVIDIA RTX A3000 and GeForce RTX 3060 are good mid-tier cards. Users will be able to work with large 3D models, scenes, and assemblies, drive VR experiences, 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. The RTX A3000 works up to 1.35x faster than an A2000.

On the higher end, the RTX A4500 and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti will benefit workflows including rich content creation, richer gaming, VR, and data science, as well as real-time interactive work with larger 3D projects and AI models. These workflows can be executed using Maya, the Unreal Engine, and DaVinci Resolve. The RTX A4500 works up to 1.25x faster than an A3000.

The top-tier GPUs offered by HP for the ZBook Studio G9 are the RTX A5500 and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. Using software like Nuke, Houdini, and Arnold, this configuration is best for AI acceleration, richer gaming, VR, richer prosumer modeling, and pro intensive data science. The RTX A5500 works up to 1.15x faster than an A4000.

For users or workflows that require ISV certified graphics, I’d recommend the RTX A1000 to A5500 cards over the GeForce RTX cards.


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.

HP DreamColor Display
OLED Touch 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.

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.

Cooling, Portability, and Upgrades 

Built to handle intensive tasks, the ZBook Studio G9 stays cool using a vapor chamber that vaporizes liquid, facilitating heat transfer from the GPU and CPU, and distributes 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 3.92 pounds, the ZBook Studio G9 is lightweight and portable. It will fit into your bag so you can be ready when inspiration strikes and build complex assemblies, render in real time, and visualize data from almost anywhere.

Are you concerned about upgrades? Both the RAM and SSD can be upgraded for increased performance and storage. Two SO-DIMM slots support up to 64GB of 4800 MHz DDR5 memory and the PCIe 4.0 x4 slot supports M.2 2280 SSDs up to 4TB.

In Conclusion

The ZBook Studio G9 Mobile Workstation is a mobile powerhouse with a portable and light form factor. It is also aesthetically pleasing and features quieter fans when compared to other ZBook systems. You can easily take it on the go and it supports HP docking options, such as the Thunderbolt™ 280W G4 Dock with Combo Cable, so you can work with additional external peripherals, including storage, displays, and more. The system is also sustainable, featuring components made using ocean-bound plastic and 35% post-consumer recycled plastic, as well as other components that are 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable. If you’re concerned about keeping your system secure, HP not only backs the ZBook Studio G9 with a 3-year warranty, but HP Wolf Security offers hardware-enforced security with endpoint protection and multi-layered security below, in, and above the OS. From self-healing firmware and in-memory breach detection to threat containment via isolation, HP helps fortify your first line of defense.

HP Thunderbolt 280W Dock G4

HP Thunderbolt™ 280W Dock G4

Whether you work in media and entertainment, product design, architecture, healthcare, finance, retail, government, or education, there’s a configuration of the ZBook Studio G9 that will help you execute your vision.