Carnegie Mellon University

Hardware Configurations

To ensure a consistent and quality computing experience, ITS recommends business class hardware systems from reputable vendors. The initial upfront cost is beneficial as these computer systems typically save time and money in long-term maintenance and stability.

Selection Criteria

  • Approved operating system compatibility
  • Advanced BIOS configuration capabilities
  • Deployment tools offered by the vendor (such as regularly updated device driver bundles to streamline deployment practices)
  • Maintainability in scale
  • Overall reliability and configuration consistency
  • Long term access (4 – 5 yrs) to configuration specific replacement parts
  • Vendor hardware training and repair certification programs
  • Access to rapid part replacement programs or local access to expert hardware support and replacement

ITS-Supported Models by Operating System

Operating System Supported System Storage Minimum RAM Minimum
Windows Dell Latitude 5320 Laptop 1TB SSD/NVME 32GB
Dell Optiplex 7080 Minitower 512GB SSD/NVME 16GB
macOS Apple 16" MacBook Pro (Intel CPU) 512GB SSD/NVME 16GB
Apple 13" MacBook Pro (Intel CPU) 512GB SSD/NVME 16GB

Apple iMac 27" 5K with Retina