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Laptop Requirement


All certified students are required to have computers that meet certain specifications. SDC’s computing infrastructure is Windows-based and all software/class instruction is given on Microsoft Windows-based computers.

  • Processor Intel Core i5 or i7, gen. 3 or newer (Quad core i7 recommended);
  • Intel Xeon E7 or newer;
  • Memory 8 GB or more (12+ GB recommended);
  • Storage 128 GB (256+ GB recommended / SSD drive recommended);
  • Operating System Windows 8.1 64-bit;
  • Video Adapter (integrated Intel graphics cards do not provide adequate performance);
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 650 or newer (Nvidia based card recommended);
  • AMD Radeon HD 7790 or newer;
  • Video Memory 1 GB or greater (2+ GB recommended);

SDC Computer Requirements Information Sheet (revised requirements coming soon).


Students utilizing MAC based computers need the following:

  • Host Operating System & Hardware type Mac OS X “Yosemite”;
  • MacBook Pro 10,1 (Early 2013) or newer;
  • Memory (RAM): 8GB (Boot Camp) or 16 GB (Parallels / VMware Fusion);
  • CPU Type 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 or newer (Parallels);
  • Hard Drive 256 GB (500+ GB recommended / SSD drive recommended);
  • Video Adapter: AMD Radeon R9 M390x, Nvidia GeForce GT 650 or newer;
  • Video Memory 1GB ( 2GB recommended);
  • Windows Virtualization Requirements: Virtualization Software: Parallels Desktop 10 or VMware Fusion 7 or newer;
  • Virtual Machine Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit, 8GB+ RAM, 512MB+ of Video memory, 100GB+ dedicated hard disk space for Windows and applications.