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Hardware and Software

Below we outlined recommendations for personal devices, based on a thorough analysis of what software students are likely to use throughout their programme. Furthermore even the minimum recommended specifications should be enough to get you by on a daily basis. If you will be starting the Pre-master Computing Science at the University of Groningen, please take these recommendations to heart and follow them for a successful study career at the University of Groningen.

Minimum specifications:
  • 8GB of RAM
  • CPUs can be either Intel or AMD (Note CPUs might vary, check for laptop and not mobile/tablet variant with clock speed > 1.5GHz)
  • Any Modern Laptop Intel CPU < 3 years old with at least 4 cores and that is 64 bit (Intel i5, i7; note some i3 clock speed is less than 1.5GHz opt for higher ones)
  • Any Modern AMD laptop CPU < 3 years old with at least 4 cores and that is 64 bit (Ryzen 5, Ryzen 9)
  • 256GB (Preferably SSD)
  • Standard VoIP hardware (microphone + webcam)

Recommended specifications:
  • 16GB of RAM
  • Any Modern Laptop Intel CPU < 3 years old with at least 4 cores and that is 64 bit (Intel i5, i7)
  • Any Modern AMD laptop CPU < 3 years old with at least 4 cores and that is 64 bit (Ryzen 5, Ryzen 9)
  • 512GB SSD or more
  • Dedicated Graphics card (e.g. Nvidia/AMD)
  • Standard VoIP hardware (microphone + webcam)

Small exception: Certain courses involve/recommend using the Linux operating system. In that case, there is a possibility that you might decide to run dual-boot or install a virtual machine.

As a student a the University of Groningen, you may make use of Surfspot, which provides software and hardware for a student-friendly price.

Last modified:20 June 2023 06.59 a.m.