Laptop Requirements for CAAD Students

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Laptop Requirements for Architecture and Interior Design students for 2021-22

All laptops should have: 

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • Wi-Fi (Wireless) capability
  • Arabic / English Keyboard (recommended)
  • HD Camera and microphone

In addition:

Minimum Specifications

  • Intel i5 processor (9th Gen or newer) - 6 core
  • 8 GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • 4 GB NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650 Discrete Graphics Card or (4GB AMD Radeon™ RX 550)
  • 15.6-Inch Ultra Sharp FHD led-backlit Display
  • 512GB SSD Storage

Medium Specifications

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • Intel i7 processor (9th Gen or newer) – 6 core
  • 16 GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • 6 GB NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 Discrete Graphics Card.
  • 15.6-Inch Ultra Sharp FHD led-backlit Display
  • 512GB SSD Storage

High Specifications

  • Intel Core i9 Processor (7th Gen or newer) 8 core
  • 32 GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • 8 GB NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 Discrete Graphics Card
  • 1 TB SSD Storage
  • 17-3-Inch UltraSh+D18arp FHD led-backlit Display

Due to the wide variety of laptops available in the market, the Department of Architecture highly recommends the purchase of a Windows laptop designed specifically for use with professional design software. Examples of such models include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dell
  • Boxx 
  • HP Lenovo 

Laptop requirements for Multimedia Design and Visual Communication students for 2021-22

Only Apple Laptops are recommended for MUM and VIS Students.

All laptops should have:

  • Wi-Fi (Wireless) capability
  • Arabic / English Keyboard (recommended)
  • HD Camera and microphone

In addition:

Minimum Specifications

  • 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz)
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 16-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • 512GB SSD Storage

High Specifications

  • 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz)
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
  • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of GDDR6 memory
  • 16-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • 1TB SSD storage¹

Laptop requirements for Design Management students for 2021-22

Design Management students can purchase Apple or Windows laptops. 

All laptops should have:

  • Wi-Fi (Wireless) capability
  • Arabic / English Keyboard (recommended)
  • HD Camera and microphone

In addition:

Minimum Specifications for Apple laptops (only for Design Management Students)

  • Apple M1 Chip with 8 - Core CPU & 8 – Core GPU and 16 Core Neural Engine
  • 8GB Unified Memory
  • 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • 512GB SSD Storage

Students can avail Apple Education Discount by showing their AUS ID’s

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Minimum Specifications for Windows laptops (only for Design Management Students)

  • Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit OS
  • Intel i5 processor (9th gen or newer) - 6 core
  • 8 GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • 13-Inch Ultra Sharp FHD led-backlit Display
  • 512GB SSD Storage
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