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Laptop standards (FEAS)

Laptop standards (FEAS)

Use the minimum specifications table below as a guideline when acquiring a machine for your 2023-24 courses. These specifications are recommended for successful Ontario Tech University software usage. 

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Windows PC
Operating system
  • Windows 10 or 11 64-bit (Pro edition is preferred)
  • Windows 10 S is not supported due to restricted functionality
  • Windows must have the latest updates installed
Processor type
  • Intel: Core i5, i7, i9 with 1.5Ghz or greater
  • AMD: Ryzen 5, 7, 9 with 1.5Ghz or greater
Memory
Minimum 16GB RAM
Hard drive
Minimum 500GB, 100GB of available space (SSD recommended)
Graphics card
  • NVIDIA: Quadro, Tx000 series (ex. T550, T600, T1000), or Ax000 series (ex. A1000)
  • AMD: Radeon Pro WX

Other cards like the NVIDIA GeForce line of cards are not suitable alternatives.

Wireless network card
Card supporting wireless N
Virus protection
An up-to-date Antivirus client is required. Windows Defender is included with Windows 10 for free.
Headset
Wired or wireless headset with microphone (or working laptop microphone)
Webcam
A webcam is required.
Additional requirements
  • Ontario Tech University projectors support VGA and HDMI only. If your machine does not have a supported display connector, you may be required to purchase an adapter. 
  • A machine with an Ethernet adapter is preferred. 
  • Students in this faculty MUST have a Windows PC. Mac hardware running Windows OS is NOT an acceptable alternative. 
  • The machine should be capable of running Linux in a dual boot configuration.
Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a NVIDIA Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro WX card? Why can't I use a consumer gaming card like the GeForce RTX instead?
Gaming class graphics cards like the GeForce RTX line of cards are not suitable alternatives. The software used in your program requires a workstation class graphics card like the NVIDIA Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro WX line of cards. Vendors like SolidWorks and Siemens have only certified their software to run on these cards.

Can I bring a Macbook?
No, computers running macOS are not permitted. All the software used in your program is Windows based.

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