Computer Configurations

These are the standard devices that will fit most of the computing needs on campus.  Please contact ITS should you require something outside the standard configurations.

Please note that these packages are subject to change due to UNC General Administration’s Combined Pricing Initiative program and vendor availability.

Client Technology Refresh Program 2022 Models

The following computer models are available as standard configurations for departments eligible for this year’s Client Technology Refresh Program. Models for departments aligned with previous years are not listed; please contact ITS for more information.

What do these terms mean?

Processor: How fast the computer can operate

The “brain” of the computer that performs calculations. Speed is measured in Gigahertz (GHz). Processors have a base speed, which is the idle speed at which the processor runs when the computer is on. Modern processors speed up – referred to as “turbo boost” – when your tasks demand more intensive calculations. The turbo boost speed is the maximum speed at which the processor can perform tasks. Varying the processor speed allows the processor to run at a lower speed when handling light workloads, then speed up when handling heavier workloads. This dramatically improves computer efficiency and extends battery life.

Processors include a number of subdivisions called “cores.” These are discrete, independent processing units that can perform calculations independent of other cores. Each core runs at the processor’s base frequency, and can independently turbo boost to the processor’s maximum speed when needed. More cores allow the computer to perform more operations in a shorter amount of time.

Memory: How many things the computer can do simultaneously

Random Access Memory (RAM) is used by the computer to temporarily store information. RAM is extremely fast, but does not permanently store information. When the processor needs to perform a task, it loads data to the RAM so that it can be quickly processed.

For example, when you open a spreadsheet in Excel, the file is loaded into RAM. The more files or programs running simultaneously, the more RAM required. 16 GB of RAM is an industry standard for high-end computing.

Storage: How many files can be stored on the computer

Storage is simply the amount of files you can permanently store on the computer. Older computers used hard disk drives (HDD) which functioned very similar to a miniature record player. Modern computers use Solid State Drives (SSD) which avoid the “moving parts” of older HDDs and thus operate much more quickly with higher energy efficiency.

Dell (Windows) Computers

Dell Latitude 5420 Laptop

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Processor:11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 Core, 12M cache, base
2.8GHz, up to 4.7GHz)
Memory:16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 Non-ECC
Display:14″ FHD (1920×1080) Non-Touch, Anti-Glare, 220nits Camera & Mic
Video:I7-1165G7 Trans, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, Thunderbolt
Primary Storage:M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
Wireless Networking:Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2×2 .11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.1
Wired Networking:Built-in Ethernet port
Connections:SD Reader, 2x USB 3.2, 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt), HDMI, Audio Jack, RJ45
Docking Station :Dell Dock WD19TBS Thunderbolt

Note: Please note that the current generation Dell laptops do not include an optical drive for CDs and DVDs; should you require an optical drive you may purchase an external USB CD/DVD Drive.

Dell laptops do not include an Ethernet (hard-wired networking) interface; should you require an Ethernet port you may purchase a separate Ethernet Adapter.

Dell OptiPlex 7490 All-in-One Desktop

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Processor:10th Generation Intel Core i7-10700 (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 2.9GHz to
4.8GHz, 65W)
Memory:16GB (1x16GB) DDR4 non ECC memory
Display:23.8″ FHD 1920×1080 WVA Non-Touch Anti-Glare,Camera
Video:Intel® Integrated Graphics
Primary Storage:M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
Connections:Audio Jack, 4x USB 3.2, USB-C (Thunderbolt), 1x HDMI out,1x HDMI in, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet
Peripherals:Wireless mouse and keyboard

Apple Computers

MacBook M1 Pro 14″ Laptop

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Processor : 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Memory : 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Display : 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
Video : Intel HD Graphics 30005 and AMD Radeon HD 6490M with automatic graphics switching, 256MB GDDR5
Audio : Stereo speakers with subwoofers
Microphone : Omnidirectional microphone
Camera : FaceTime HD camera
Primary Storage : 500GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm
Optical Drive : 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Wireless Networking : Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)2; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
Wired Networking : 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet
Connections : One Thunderbolt port (up to 10 one FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), SDXC card slot. Thunderbolt port supports DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and HDMI (requires adapters, sold separately), audio line in minijack (digital/analog), audio line out/ headphone minijack (digital/analog),
Carrying Case : Incase carrying case
Power : 85W MagSafe Power Adapter, AC wall plug, power cord
Docking Station : PodiumPad laptop stand
External Keyboard and Mouse :
Processor:Apple M1 Pro chip: 8-core CPU with 6 performance cores
and 2 efficiency cores
Memory:16 GB
Disk Storage Space:512 GB SSD
Display:14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR
Video:14-core GPU
Connections:Three (3) USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 ports, 3.5mm Headphone port, MagSafe 3, HDMI, SDXC

Note: Apple laptops now include connectivity ports beyond USB-C (aka “Thunderbolt 4”), although adapters may still be required for some peripherals.

Note: Apple laptops cannot be upgraded after ordering. Any additional storage space or memory (RAM) requirements must be requested prior to ordering equipment.

iMac M1 24″ Desktop

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Processor:Apple M1 chip: 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores
Memory:16 GB
Disk Storage Space:512 GB SSD
Display:24″ Retina 4K Display
Video:7-core GPU
Connections:Two (2) USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 ports, One (1) Gigabit Ethernet port,  3.5mm Headphone port

Note: Apple desktops now only include Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and USB-C (aka “Thunderbolt 4”) ports. Most peripherals will require an adapter to connect.