Laptop Specifications Guide

Critical hardware elements to review for your setup:

  • RAM system memory
  • Graphics capabilities and memory
  • Hard drive memory
  • Be sure to include an external backup drive and save work frequently

Critical Software and Operating system notes:

  • Windows 10 or higher supports the required software in the Architecture program.
  • Apple OSX, Chrome OS, and Linux are not supported and Virtual Machines on these platforms do not completely work to the standards needed for our CACM courses.

Primary Processor Recommendations:

Please refer to the recommended specifications currently published by Autodesk. This will allow adequate systems configuration for a majority of CACM coursework.

Additional processor requirements list for Rhino: requirements-for-Autodesk-T-Splines-Plug-in-for-Rhino.html

Comprehensive computer system requirements list:

Autodesk additional resources and recommendations: explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Revit-2021-products.html

V-ray / Sketchup recommendations:

Adobe and Creative Cloud recommendations:

Lumion system requirements:

Rhino system requirements (students are encouraged to purchase after trial period):

Ultimaker CURA system requirements:

Minimum general requirements (updated 06-2022):

Note: APPLE laptops do not meet the needs of the CACM curriculum.



Intel Core i7 3.5 GHz or higher; or Intel Xeon-W 2.8 GHz or higher

Operating System:

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (current Windows platform) or Higher


16GB or higher

Graphics Card:

2GB minimum discrete graphics card or higher

Primary Storage:

500GB solid state drive or higher


15.6" FHD minimum (1920x1080)

Optional accessories:

Ethernet cable, webcam and microphone, headphones, second monitor / dock

Example of 2022 Dell mobile workstation configuration:

• 8th gen Intel Core i5-8400H (quad-core 2.5GHz, 4.2GHz Turbo, 8M cache)

• NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB GDDR5)

• 16GB RAM (DDR4-2666MHz memory)

Example of 2022 Lenovo mobile workstation configuration:

• 7th generation Intel Core i7-7820HQ (8M cache, up to 3.90GHz)

• NVIDIA Quadro M1200M (4GB)

• 16GB RAM (DDR4-2400MHz SODIMM)