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Recommended & Minimum Computer Configurations (Macintosh)

Our recommendations and minimum system requirements are meant to provide general guidelines on which computer configurations work best in the UMass Amherst computing environment. They focus on the hardware specifications for the device. For free or discounted software, please check our downloads page. If you have declared a major, we recommend checking with the department to see if it requires specific computer configurations. Note: This online document is where you will find the most accurate recommendations. Any print materials you have could be out-of-date.

Sustainability

We recommend models of computers that have at least an EPEAT Silver rating (preferably EPEAT Gold). These computers meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications and are designed to be easily recycled. Learn more about the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

Laptop Computers

Recommended Configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

Model:

MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i5 or better

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.10.x (Yosemite) or higher

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

256 GB solid state or higher.

Choose 512 GB if you plan to install Windows through Dreamspark.

Network Adapter: 802.11ac Wi-Fi adaptor

Other:

Lock, carrying case, external hard drive for backups

 

Minimum Requirements

We support the following minimum computer configurations.

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

Model:

MacBook Air/Pro

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i3 or higher

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Memory:

4 GB RAM

Storage

160 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM:

DVD/CD-RW

Monitor/Display:

13.3" LCD

Network Adapter: AirPort Extreme card, network interface card

Other:

Lock, carrying case

Desktop Computers

Recommended Configurations

We recommend systems that meet or exceed the following specifications:

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i5 or higher

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite)

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

1 TB internal hard drive or 256 GB SSD.

Sustainability:

EPEAT Silver rating (preferably EPEAT Gold)

CD-ROM:

8x Super Drive (double-layer)

Monitor/Display:

21.5" LED Display

Other:

802.11ac Wi-Fi adaptor

Minimum Requirements

We support the following minimum computer configurations.

Note: The following lists minimum requirements that allow for network connectivity and other basic functions. If you are planning on purchasing a new computer, please use the recommended configurations above.

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i3

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Memory:

4 GB RAM

Storage:

250 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM:

DVD-ROM/CR-RW

Monitor/Display:

15" LCD monitor

Other:

AirPort, Network interface card