Hardware and Software Roadmap

Operating Systems

Supported Through Fall 2020Supported Through Fall 2021
Windows 10 (1809 and higher) Windows 10 (1909 and higher)
MacOS Catalina (10.15) MacOS Catalina (10.15)
MacOS Mojave (10.14) MacOS Mojave (10.14)
MacOS High Sierra (10.13) MacOS High Sierra (10.13)
MacOS Sierra (10.12)  

Office Applications

Supported Through Fall 2020Supported Through Fall 2021
Office 365 Office 365
Office 2019 Office 2019

Baseline Specifications for New Windows Computers

ComponentDesktop RecommendationsLaptop Recommendations
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
CPU Intel Core i AMD Equivalent Intel Core i AMD Equivalent
RAM 16 GB 16 GB
Hard Drive 250GB SSD 250GB SSD
Ethernet Yes Built-In or USB 3
Warranty 3 Years 4 Years

Baseline Specifications for Current Windows Computers

ComponentDesktop RecommendationsLaptop Recommendations
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
CPU Intel Core i AMD Equivalent Intel Core i AMD Equivalent
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 250GB SSD 250GB SSD
Ethernet Yes Built-In or USB 3

Baseline Specifications for New Apple Computers

ComponentDesktop RecommendationsLaptop Recommendations
OS MacOS Catalina (10.15) MacOS Catalina (10.15)
CPU Intel Core i5+ Intel Core i5+
RAM 8-16 GB 8-16 GB
Hard Drive 256GB+ SSD 256GB+ SSD
Warranty 3 Years 3 Years

Baseline Specifications for Current Apple Computers

ComponentDesktop RecommendationsLaptop Recommendations
OS MacOS High Sierra (10.13) MacOS High Sierra (10.13)
CPU Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 250GB SSD 250GB SSD

More Information

CCIT strongly advises against devices with Fusion drives, and ethernet capability is strongly encouraged. Mac users should purchase the Apple branded USB-C to ethernet adapters. Student Mac users should also consider purchasing Accidental Damage Coverage. Departments needing to purchase computers for faculty, staff or departmental labs should at least adhere to the above recommendations to get the best performance when running campus or specialized departmental software. For more information, contact CCIT Help Desk (656- 3494), your IT consultant, or visit laptop.clemson.edu to view current hardware recommendations.

Netbook/Tablet Recommendations

The popularity of mobile devices has grown and CCIT recognizes the usefulness of devices such as Netbooks, Tablets (iPads, Venue, Note, etc.), and Mobile devices. Most mobile devices should NOT be considered a primary computer replacement. Low powered devices should be limited to running low resource functions such as web applications, simple word processing, and general email viewing. See minimum hardware recommendations above. Visit http://www.clemson.edu/mobile to get Clemson’s official mobile app my.Clemson and learn more about mobile computing on campus.

Employee Printing

Print services for faculty and staff are now managed by Ricoh to provide optimized solutions at the lowest possible cost. The university utilizes iPrint as the standard for print queueing, monitoring, and tracking. Departments that need to purchase a new printer or multifunction device can do so by placing an order through BuyWays. New devices will be tagged and serviced by Ricoh.

CCIT Training Opportunities for Employees and Students

Instructor-Led Training

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Cloud Storage
  • Windows

We also do consultations and custom training for Clemson groups and classes. If you don’t see what you are looking for, email ITHELP@clemson.edu and make a request.

Available Software

When purchasing a personal computer, don’t purchase additional software without consulting CCIT. We have site licenses for many popular applications so it may already be available at little to no cost. Currently, the list of available software includes, but is not limited to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • TrendMicro Anti-Virus (faculty/staff only)
  • Read & Write Gold
  • AutoCAD
  • Maple
  • Matlab
  • SolidWorks
  • Adobe Creative Cloud

For a complete list of software available, please check our software page.

For a list of software already installed in CCIT’s public labs, please check our lab website.

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