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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. 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 Any OIT print materials you have could be out-of-date.

Sustainability

OIT recommends 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 13

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz Dual-Core or better

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.8.x (Mountain Lion)

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

500 GB HDD or 256 GB solid state

HDD CD-ROM:

Super Drive DVD-RW/CD-RW

Monitor/Display:

13.3" LCD

Network Adapter: AirPort Extreme card, network interface card

Other:

Lock, carrying case

 

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

Processor (CPU):

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or equivalent

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Memory:

2 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 2.9 GHz or better

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Memory:

8 GB RAM

Storage:

1 TB internal hard drive

Sustainability:

EPEAT Silver rating (preferably EPEAT Gold)

CD-ROM:

8x Super Drive (double-layer)

Monitor/Display:

21.5" Cinema

Other:

AirPort, Network interface card

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 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz or equivalent

Operating System:

Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Memory:

2 GB RAM

Storage:

160 GB internal hard drive

CD-ROM:

combo DVD-ROM/CR-RW

Monitor/Display:

15" LCD monitor