HP ZBook G5 Workstations

HP also introduced its new generation of mobile workstations, starting with Intel's latest six-core Coffee Lake-H CPUs. The new ZBook 15v G5, ZBook 15 G5, and ZBook 17 G5 notebooks are are all-new machines to the ZBook lineup, aiming to offer more storage, better graphics, and according to HP, a better user experience.

HP’s new ZBook G5 workstations are powered by Intel’s Coffee Lake-H processors in their Core i5/i7 and Xeon incarnations as well as Intel’s 300-series PCH that support a number of potential improvements, such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi with up to 1.73 Gbps speeds and so on. The new motherboards naturally required HP to use new chassis for its latest ZBook workstations, so the new laptops also feature a different look when compared to predecessors.

The new breed of ZBook notebooks continue to feature HP’s security advantages, such as multi-factor authentication (up to three factors), the Sure View privacy screen coverage (on select models), encryption for storage devices, and webcams with a shutter, on top of existing security capabilities. In addition, the latest workstations will also offer Thunderbolt 3 (this time enabled by Intel’s Titan Ridge controller and therefore supporting DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 streams), optional 4G/LTE mobile connectivity, fast charge, Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers and other things you come to expect from HP’s Z premium computers.

As usual, HP will offer dozens of different pre-built 2018 ZBook configurations and even more will be possible when customers build-to-order their PCs. In a bid to make our overview a bit more compact, we are going to discuss only the basics about its new mobile workstations. If you want to check out all the optional specs in detail, scroll down for the complete table.

The HP ZBook 15v G5: Affordable Mobile Workstation with Six-Core CPUs

The HP ZBook 15v G5 will be the company’s most affordable and lightest 15.6-inch workstation — it will start at $949 and will weigh 2.14 kilograms (4.72 pounds). HP positions the ZBook 15v G5 for students and startups that require workstation-grade machines with optional discrete GPUs certified by suppliers of professional software.

The ZBook 15v will use Intel’s Core i5/i7 or Xeon E-2176M processors with four or six cores and up to 12 MB of cache. The workstation will be outfitted with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory with or without ECC. On the storage side of things, the laptop will feature up to 4 TB capacity comprising of a 2 TB M.2 PCIe SSD, and a 2 TB HDD/SSHD.

Depending on exact model, the HP ZBook 15v will come with an FHD or a UHD anti-glare display featuring a 220-nits/250-nits or a 340-nits brightness, respectively. As for graphics, select ZBook 15v SKUs will be equipped with NVIDIA Quadro P600 GPUs, whereas the most affordable variants will rely on Intel’s UHD 630/UHD P630 integrated graphics.

Connectivity capabilities of the HP ZBook 15v will include 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GbE, USB 3.0 Type-A, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, an UHS-II SD card reader, and a TRRS connector for audio.

Since the HP ZBook 15v is primarily a workhorse, it is not supposed to be very portable and lightweight. The machine is 2.54 cm thick (1 inch) and weighs 2.14 kilograms when equipped with a 52 Wh Li-ion battery. The weight will get higher if an optional 70 Wh battery pack is installed instead, but this will increase its autonomous life on one charge to 10 hours.

The HP ZBook 15 G5: 4K DreamColor LCD Meets 6 TB of Storage

The HP ZBook 15 G5 continues traditions of the Z-series by offering what HP claims are premium performance and exclusive features. Meanwhile, in addition to being fast, the ZBook 15 G5 is also pretty strong as it was designed to pass various MIL-STD-810G tests for drops, humidity, dust, etc.

One of the key features of the ZBook 15 G5 is the DreamColor 15.6-inch display, featuring a 4K resolution and 600-nits brightness, which will be available on select configurations. Since this is a DreamColor-branded LCD, it covers 100% of the sRGB color space, which will please professionals who need this color gamut. Other display panel options will include various LCDs featuring FHD or UHD resolutions.

The ZBook 15 G5 will be based on Intel’s Core i5/i7 or Xeon E-2176M/E2186M processors with four or six cores accompanied by up to 64 GB of DDR4-2667 ECC or non-ECC memory. The 15.6-inch workstation will support various graphics options, such as AMD’s Radeon Pro WX 4150 with 4 GB GDDR5, NVIDIA’s Quadro P1000 4 GB GDDR5, or NVIDIA’s Quadro P2000 4 GB GDDR5. Meanwhile, basic configurations will rely on Intel’s UHD 630/UHD P630 integrated GPUs.

To cool down the 45W Coffee Lake-H CPUs and discrete graphics chips, the ZBook 15 G5 uses HP’s new cooling system that is claimed to be 30% more efficient than its predecessor. The manufacturer says that it can do the job while staying quiet even if the laptop is processing demanding workloads, a claim that has to be put to the test. In any case, a more efficient thermal solution will enable the ZBook 15 G5 to run the CPU at increased frequencies longer (and possibly hit the Thermal Velocity Boost clocks), which will bump up responsiveness of the system in general.

Storage capabilities of the ZBook 15 G5 workstation will comprise of two M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots for a couple of 2 TB NVMe SSDs as well as a 2.5-inch bay for an HDD/SSHD. In total, the ZBook 15 G5 can support up to 6 TB of storage using existing drives.

Moving on to I/O features. Connectivity capabilities of the ZBook 15 G5 include 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GbE, USB 3.0 Type-A, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, an UHD-II SD card reader, a smart card reader, an optional 4G modem, a TRRS audio jack, and so on.

When it comes to portability, the ZBook 15 G5 is actually slightly bulkier and heavier than the ZBook 15v: it weighs 2.6 kilograms with a 90-Wh battery pack and it is 2.6 cm (1 inch) thick. Keeping in mind that we are dealing with a workstation featuring a dGPU and plenty of storage, such dimensions are not surprising.

The HP ZBook 17 G5: Six-Core CPU, NVIDIA Quadro P5200, Blu-Ray Drive

The number of 17-inch mobile workstations has somewhat dropped in the recent years, but HP is one of a few companies who keep selling notebooks in this form-factor. The ZBook 17 G5 will be HP’s highest-performing laptop this year, offering high-performance discrete GPU, plenty of storage, and an optical disk drive. The system is positioned for content creators whose appetites for performance are rising every year (think development of 4K video games, VR content, etc.).

The top-of-the-range HP ZBook will come with a 17-inch DreamColor 4K display covering 100% of the Adobe RGB color space and featuring an integrated calibration system. HP also intends to offer a variety of FHD and UHD display panels with its 17-inch ZBook G5, including SKUs with touch support. Interestingly, there is even a 1600×900 option, but it is doubtful it is going to be popular on a high-end workstation in 2018.

Just like its smaller brethren, the new 17-inch ZBook from HP will be powered by Intel’s Core i5/i7 or Xeon E-2176M/E2186M CPUs with four or six cores. The manufacturer plans to offer a plethora of discrete GPU options with the new workstations, including AMD’s Radeon Pro WX4170 4 GB or a series of NVIDIA Quadro GPUs up to a P5200 16 GB model. Basic setups will still be able to rely on Intel’s UHD 630/UHD P630 integrated graphics. To ensure cool and quiet operation, the new ZBook 17 also features a revamped thermal solution boasting with a 20% higher efficiency when compared to the previous-gen cooler for HP’s 17-inch workstations. As noted above, improved cooling is designed to ensure that CPUs operate at higher frequencies for longer periods and thus offer better responsiveness in certain cases.

Memory sub-system of the ZBook 17 G5 will feature four SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of DDR4-2667 ECC or non-ECC DRAM. As for storage, the system can accommodate multiple M.2 SSD modules and a 2.5-inch SSD/HDDs for a total of 10 TB. The ZBook 17 G5 even has a Blu-ray reader/DVD writer for those who would like to watch BD movies or burn a project on a disc.

I/O capabilities of the 17-inch ZBook mimic those of its 15-inch brother. The laptop features 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GbE, USB 3.0 Type-A, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, an UHD-II SD card reader, a smart card reader, an optional 4G modem, a TRRS audio jack, and so on.

For a big and powerful mobile workstation, the HP ZBook 17 G5 is actually pretty light and compact. The computer features a z-height of 3.3 cm (1.3 inches) and weighs 3.2 kilograms (7 lbs) when equipped with a 96-Wh battery. In fact, there are 15.6-inchers that weight more than that. Meanwhile, performance of the beefier ZBook 17 G5 is comparable to a modern desktop.

HP plans to start shipments of its new ZBook G5 workstations in May-June timeframe. Exact pre-built configurations will be disclosed when HP starts actual sales. At present, HP only shares starting price of the new ZBook 15v, which is $949.

General Specifications of the HP ZBook G5 Mobile Workstations
  ZBook 15v G5 ZBook 15 G5 ZBook 17 G5
LCD Diagonal 15.6" 17"
Resolution/
Brightness
1920×1080 | 220 nits
1920×1080 | 250 nits
3840×2160 | 340 nits
1920×1080 | 220 nits
1920×1080 | 400 nits
1920×1080 | 650 nits
3840×2160 | 400 nits
3840×2160 | 600 nits
1600×900 | 220 nits
1920×1080 | 300 nits
3840×2160 | 400 nits
Touch Option Yes Yes Yes
CPU Core i5-8300H (4C/8T)
Core i5-8400H (4C/8T)
Core i7-8750H (6C/12T)
Core i7-8850H (6C/12T)
Xeon E-2176M (6C/12T)
Core i5-8300H (4C/8T)
Core i5-8400H (4C/8T)
Core i7-8750H (6C/12T)
Core i7-8850H (6C/12T)
Xeon E-2176M (6C/12T)
Xeon E-2186M (6C/12T)
Graphics Integrated HD Graphics 630 (24 EUs)
HD Graphics P630 (24 EUs)
Discrete Quadro P600 Quadro P1000 4 GB Quadro P2000 4 GB
Radeon Pro WX 4150
Quadro P1000 4 GB
Quadro P2000 4 GB
Quadro P3200 6 GB
Quadro P4200 8 GB
Quadro P5200 16 GB
Radeon Pro WX 4170
RAM 32 GB DDR4-2667
2 SO-DIMM slots
ECC/non-ECC
64 GB DDR4-2667
4 SO-DIMM slots
ECC/non-ECC
64 GB DDR4-2667
4 SO-DIMM slots
ECC/non-ECC
Storage SSD 256 GB - 1 TB SATA
256 GB - 2 TB M.2 NVMe

256-512 GB M.2 SATA SED
256-512 GB M.2 NVMe SED
256 GB - 1 TB SATA
256 GB - 2 TB M.2 NVMe

256 - 512 M.2 NVMe SED
256 GB M.2 SATA SED
512 GB M.2 SATA FIPS-140-2 SED
HDD/SSHD 2 TB HDD 5400 RPM
500 GB/1 TB HDD 7200 RPM
500 GB SED 7200 RPM
500GB FIPS-2 SED 7200 RPM
500 - 2 TB SSHD
ODD - - Blu-ray player
DVD-Writer
Total Capacity 4 TB 6 TB 10 TB
Wireless Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 9560
802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi
with or without vPro
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
NFC - Optional
Modem - HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA or
Intel XMM 7360 LTE-A
USB 3.1 1 × TB 3 2 × TB 3
3.0 3 × Type-A
2.0 -    
Thunderbolt 1 × TB 3 (data, DP 1.3)
Titan Ridge controller
2 × TB 3 (data, DP 1.3 displays)
Titan Ridge controller
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × TB3 with DP 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
2 × TB3 with DP 1.3
Gigabit Ethernet Intel I219-LM GbE
Card Reader SD Card Reader with UHD-II support
Smart Card Reader - Yes
Webcam 720p camera with shutter or
720p + IR camera with shutter
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Battery 52 Wh or 70 Wh 90 Wh 96 Wh
Dimensions Width 36.5 cm | 14.37 inch 37.6 cm | 14.8 inch 41.4 cm| 16.4 inch
Depth 25.65 cm | 10.1 inch 26.4 | 10.4 inch 28.8 cm | 11.3 inch
Thickness 2.54 cm | 1 inch 2.6 cm | 1 inch 3.3 cm | 1.3 inch
Weight 2.14 kilograms | 4.72 lbs 2.6 kilograms | 5.79 lbs 3.2 kilograms | 7 lbs
Price Starting at $949 ? ?

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  • Flunk - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    HP's done it again, now everything is ZBook. They did it before, took a successful high-end branding and slapped in on everything, eroding that brand into nothing. Just like Envy and Pavilion lines. This strategy didn't work before, why would it work now?

    P.S. the actual notebooks look OK, it's the branding that doesn't make any sense. It's like the gaming motherboards, if you slap some name on everything it means nothing.
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  • beginner99 - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    It still works really because were I work I only can get HP. No dell, no MS surface and anything none windows is out of the question anyway. Reply
  • boeush - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    The 17" ZBook continues the 'fine' high-design tradition of slapping a horrible cramped shallow-key 15.6" keyboard onto an over-sized chassis, and calling it a day well spent. Really, HP - it just *reeks* of high-performance engineering and laser-like attention to detail and quality... Oh, the 900p display option on a 17" form-factor also tickles me pink. But hey, at least they aren't offering any 16:10 or, heaven help us, 3:4 display options - it's such a relief that content-creation professionals are once again freed from the burden of working with adequate screens... Reply
  • boeush - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    P.S. just to add - they put such blatant garbage out and then wonder, why the 17" form factor is not all that popular any more. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy... Reply
  • sibuna - Thursday, April 05, 2018 - link

    16:10 is better than 16:9 Reply
  • Manch - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    whooosh Reply
  • Mixal11 - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    Agreed. I would pay extra for 1680x1050 Reply
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    Once you used a CRT @1600x1200, 1080p wide feels so small and restrictive... Reply
  • Lolimaster - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    @100Hz on my Dell Trinitron Reply
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, April 07, 2018 - link

    You might want to recalibrate your sarcasm detector ;) Reply

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