PC/Mac Minimum Hardware Specifications


Computer specifications are for accepted or currently enrolled MCG students only. These specifications are not applicable to department or enterprise owned computers.

These are the minimum hardware requirements, you may choose to exceed these requirements for a better computing experience. Requirements are based off specifications for testing software (Examplify, NBME), as well as known curriculum computing needs.

 

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MAC

Processor

Intel Core i5 Processor or better

Note: Only 'Pro' versions of the Microsoft Surface tablets are compatible with testing software and must include keyboard

Intel Core i5 Processor or better

Note: Laptops must have adapters to allow for simultaneous power and Ethernet connectivity if only one USB-C port is present on the laptop.

Memory

8 GB
16 GB Recommended

8 GB
16 GB Recommended

HD Size

250 GB

250 GB

Operating System

Windows 10

Note: Alternate versions of Windows 10 are not supported

Note: Virtual operating systems not supported

MacOS 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina), or MacOS 11 (Big Sur)

Note: Server version of Mac OS X is not supported

Note: Virtual operating systems not supported

Monitor

13 inch minimum
15 inch recommended

13 inch minimum
15 inch recommended

Webcam

Integrated or USB

Integrated or USB

Audio Headset

Integrated or USB

Integrated or USB

Network

Ethernet and Wireless
802.11g/n/ac

All testing software requires a wired connection (wireless testing is not supported).

Note: Students are required to have a CAT 6 network cable for testing.*

Note: If your computer does not have a built in Ethernet port, you will need to purchase an Ethernet network adapter.

Ethernet and Wireless
802.11g/n/ac

All testing software requires a wired connection (wireless testing is not supported).

Note: Students are required to have a CAT 6 network cable for testing.*

Note: If your computer does not have a built in Ethernet port, you will need to purchase an Ethernet network adapter.
(Purchase of an Apple model adapter is highly recommended for Apple devices.)

* Ethernet network cables can be purchased locally or on-line at office or home building supplies vendors.


Recommended Hardware Specifications

These following specifications are not required but highly recommended.

 

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Service Contract

3 year NBDNext Business Day Onsite

3 Year AppleCare Protection Plan