Macs - Minimum Hardware Threshold

Purchasing a CSCS Device

  • If you would like to purchase a new CSCS laptop/desktop PC to run macOS, our recommended standard specification is:

CSCS Type 



CSCS Type 



Standard Laptop

MacBook Pro 14-inch

M2 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD

Standard Laptop - Light 

MacBook Air 13-inch

M2, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD

  • If you prefer to order a different model or specification, it should be for macOS at least:

    • A minimum of 8GB RAM

    • A minimum 512GB SSD

Adding a non-CSCS Device to CSCS Support

  • If you already have a laptop/desktop PC that you have purchased, that you would like to add onto CSCS support, the minimum hardware threshold for any Mac is that it should be capable of running the latest operating system.

  • That means currently these models listed below:

  • To obtain your model numbers search your Mac for “System Information”, open it, and check the Hardware section

MODEL: MacBook Pro

Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

MODEL: MacBook Pro

Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2023)

MNWG3xx/A, MNW93xx/A, MNWK3xx/A, MNWD3xx/A, MNWF3xx/A, MNW83xx/A, MNWJ3xx/A, MNWC3xx/A

Mac14,6 or Mac14,10

MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2023)

MPHE3xx/A, MPHF3xx/A, MPHG3xx/A, MPHH3xx/A, MPHJ3xx/A, MPHK3xx/A

Mac14,5 or Mac14,9

MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022)

MNEH3xx/A, MNEJ3xx/A, MNEP3xx/A, MNEQ3xx/A


MacBook Pro (14-inch & 16-inch, 2021)

MKGP3xx/A, MKGQ3xx/A, MKGR3xx/A, MKGT3xx/A or MK183xx/A, MK193xx/A, MK1A3xx/A, MK1E3xx/A, MK1F3xx/A, MK1H3xx/A

MacBookPro18,1 or MacBookPro18,2 or MacBookPro18,3 or MacBookPro18,4

MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)

MYD83xx/A, MYD92xx/A, MYDA2xx/A, MYDC2xx/A


MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020) - Two & Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

MXK32xx/A, MXK52xx/A, MXK62xx/A, MXK72xx/A or MWP42xx/A, MWP52xx/A, MWP62xx/A, MWP72xx/A, MWP82xx/A 

MacBookPro16,2 or MacBookPro16,3

MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

MVVJ2xx/A, MVVK2xx/A, MVVL2xx/A, MVVM2xx/A

MacBookPro16,1 or MacBookPro16,4

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019) - Two & Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

MUHN2xx/A, MUHP2xx/a, MUHQ2xx/A, MUHR2xx/A, MUHR2xx/B or MV962xx/A, MV972xx/A, MV982xx/A, MV992xx/A, MV9A2xx/A

MacBookPro15,2 or MacBookPro15,4

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)

MV902xx/A, MV912xx/A, MV922xx/A, MV932xx/A, MV942xx/A, MV952xx/A

MacBookPro15,1 or MacBookPro15,3

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)

MR932xx/A, MR942xx/A, MR952xx/A, MR962xx/A, MR972xx/A, MUQH2xx/A


MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) - Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

MR9Q2xx/A, MR9R2xx/A, MR9T2xx/A, MR9U2xx/A, MR9V2xx/A



MODEL: MacBook Air

Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

MODEL: MacBook Air

Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

MacBook Air (15-inch, M2, 2023)

MQKP3xx/A, MQKQ3xx/A, MQKR3xx/A, MQKT3xx/A, MQKU3xx/A, MQKV3xx/A, MQKW3xx/A, MQKX3xx/A


MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

MLXW3xx/A, MLXX3xx/A, MLXY3xx/A, MLY03xx/A, MLY13xx/A, MLY23xx/A, MLY33xx/A, MLY43xx/A


MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

MGN63xx/A, MGN93xx/A, MGND3xx/A, MGN73xx/A, MGNA3xx/A, MGNE3xx/A


MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)

MVH22xx/A, MVH42xx/A, MVH52xx/A, MWTJ2xx/A, MWTK2xx/A, MWTL2xx/A


MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)

MVFH2xx/A, MVFJ2xx/A, MVFK2xx/A, MVFL2xx/A, MVFM2xx/A, MVFN2xx/A, MVH62xx/A, MVH82xx/A


MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)

MRE82xx/A, MREA2xx/A, MREE2xx/A, MRE92xx/A, MREC2xx/A, MREF2xx/A, MUQT2xx/A, MUQU2xx/A, MUQV2xx/A




Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier


Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)

MGPC3xx/A, MGPD3xx/A, MGPF3xx/A, MGPG3xx/A, MGPH3xx/A, MGPJ3xx/A, MGPK3xx/A, MGPL3xx/A, MGPM3xx/A, MGPN3xx/A, MGPP3xx/A, MGPQ3xx/A, MGPR3xx/A, MGPT3xx/A or MGTF3xx/a, MJV83xx/a, MJV93xx/a, MJVA3xx/a

iMac21,1 or iMac21,2

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)

MXWT2xx/A, MXWU2xx/A, MXWV2xx/A

iMac20,1 or iMac20,2

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019)

MRQYxx/A, MRR0xx/A, MRR1xx/A


iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)

MRT3xx/A, MRT4xx/A, MHK23xx/A



MODEL: Mac Mini

Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

MODEL: Mac Mini

Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

Mac mini (M2, 2023) - Two Thunderbolt 4 ports

MMFJ3xx/A, MMFK3xx/AMac14,3


Mac mini (M2 Pro, 2023) - Four Thunderbolt 4 ports



Mac mini (M1, 2020)

MGNR3xx/A, MGNT3xx/A


Mac mini (2018)

MRTR2xx/A, MRTT2xx/A, MXNF2xx/A, MXNG2xx/A



MODEL: iMac Pro

Mac Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

MODEL: iMac Pro

Mac Model Part Numbers

Model Identifier

iMac Pro (2017)

MQ2Y2xx/A, MHLV3xx/A


Note:        If the device has been purchased through a University supplier, it should be purchased with a 4 year warranty

CSCS will not upgrade components on any Macs

Age of Devices on CSCS Support

From 01/07/2022, CSCS updated its approach with regards to the age of devices on CSCS support. This was to ensure we are able to provide ongoing protection for your files, data & devices at the appropriate level, which is not possible when running older devices & operating systems.

  • So, if you have an older device, CSCS will continue to support it. However, we shall be in contact with you to let you know that you should start planning for it's replacement.

  • CSCS expect to work with our customers over the next few years to gradually remove all these older devices from CSCS support, so that by 2025 we shall no longer support devices older than 5 years old & we expect departments to be able to manage hardware replacements on a 5 year cycle, thereafter.

  • Please note, however, if an older device has a hardware failure, needs a hardware upgrade or requires a rebuild to fix an issue, CSCS will likely advise you that the device needs to be replaced instead. If that is not possible then the device will likely be removed from CSCS support.

  • The minimum hardware threshold will be reviewed annually to make sure that we are recommending the right hardware levels for our customers, in-line with the major manufacturers & software providers.