Laptop Requirements

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Laptop Requirements

Please see below for the complete list of Laptop Requirements.

Please note; Laptop requirements and Laptop recommendations are provided by the departments that they are designed for. Should you have any questions about laptops, requirements, specs or parameters, please contact your program coordinator or administration. The IT Service Desk recommends you check with your school prior to purchasing a laptop.

If you require Bootcamp instructions (Installing Windows on a Mac, click here)

All Program Optional MacBook Requirements (NEW)

Please read the information in this section carefully.

Fanshawe College and the IT Service Desk are happy to announce our support for users using either Apple MacBooks, or Windows-based PCs. We value user choice in selecting your computing equipment at Fanshawe College, and as such, we provide support to users of both Apple and Windows based computers.

Please Note, Apple Mac OSX is currently NOT supported for Certain Programs

Due to software requirements of certain School of Business Programs, and Broadcast Journalism. Apple MacBooks, running Mac OSX (The Apple operating system) are not supported at this time. If you have, or are planning to purchase a MacBook, please do not let this message discourage you as a workaround is available. If your program requires a Windows-only software, you will have to either BootCamp (See below) your Mac to run Windows, or use a third-party tool such as vmWare Fusion, to be able to run these applications on your Mac.


MacBook System Requirements

Please see below for the Up-to-date MacBook Requirements. Click on the image below to expand the requirements.

 

School of Information Technology

CPA - Computer Programmer Analyst
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 16GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD  with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: UXGA (1600 x 1200) DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.50 or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
CTN / CTY - Computer Systems Technology
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 16GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 1 TB SSD (Internal) & 1TB Mechanical (External USB Drive)
  • Display: UXGA (1600 x 1200) DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.50 or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
GDP - Game Development - Advanced Programming
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 16GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: Discrete (AMD/NVIDIA), NOT integrated, video card (GPU), supporting at least DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, and Vulkan
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
ISM - Information Security Management
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 8GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: 14" XGA (1024x768), DirectX11 and OpenGL 4.0 (or higher) compatible or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
IWD - Internet Applications and Web Development
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 16GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: 14" XGA (1024x768), DirectX11 and OpenGL 4.0 (or higher) compatible or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
NSA - Network and Security Architecture
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 12GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: 14" XGA (1024x768), DirectX11 and OpenGL 4.0 (or higher) compatible or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
SST - Software and Information Systems Testing
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 8GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: 14" XGA (1024x768), DirectX11 and OpenGL 4.0 (or higher) compatible or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)
CYB - Cyber Security
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 16GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: 14" XGA (1024x768), DirectX11 and OpenGL 4.0 (or higher) compatible or better
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)

Lawrence Kinlin School of Business

Generic Business Specifications

While there are no concrete requirements for the School of Business, the IT Service Desk recommends the following:

  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 8GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education 1
  • Hard Disk Drive: Any Hard Drive 2
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)

Apple OSX is not fully supported in certain applications. Users may need to bootcamp their Apple computers. Windows 10 is available free of charge for all Fanshawe Students. ChromeBooks are not supported.
The IT Service Desk recommends at least a 7200RPM hard drive, or a Solid State Drive (SSD)

School of Manufacturing Sciences

Manufacturing (SolidWorks and NX Requirements)
  • Processor: 64 bit Multicore Intel® w/ Intel-VT  or 64 bit Multicore AMD with AMD-V support
  • Memory: 8GB Minimum
  • Optical Drive: DVD Multi Dual Layer or external USB Optical Drive (Optional)
  • Operating System:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro, or Education
  • Hard Disk Drive: 750GB or greater HDD with external USB Storage Drive
  • Display: Please consult this link for supported video card configurations.
  • Communication devices:
    • Wireless (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps with standard RJ45 jack
  • USB Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 ports (additional USB 2.0 ports optional)

For further details, please consult the manufacturer websites here:

NX 11 Requirements
SolidWorks Requirements

Photography

Laptops are not required for Photography. Photography students are provided with MacBook Pro 15″ Laptops (i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) of the latest model year. The cost for the laptops is included in the tuition.

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