Program 651 - Mac and PC CPU Specifications

Mac and PC CPU Specifications for Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media Program 651.

Apple/Mac Specifications

Mac laptops

 
System GPU  Earliest MC Version Supported* DNxIO/IQ
DNxIV/IP
DNxID
Mojo DX Nexis Notes

MacBook Pro 16" 2019

2.6 GHz i7 6-core or 2.3, 2.4 Ghz i9 8-core

Thunderbolt 3

AMD Radeon Pro 5300M, 5500M

MC 2020.4

Catalina OS

TB3(USB-C) *1 N/S with Catalina OS Nexis 20.3 min Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock

16 to 64 GB 2666Mhz DDR4 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 15"

2.6 Ghz i7 6-core or 2.3/2.4 Ghz i9 8-core

Mid 2019 - Touch Bar & Thunderbolt 3

Intel UHD630 AMD

Radeon Pro 555X, 560X, Vega 16,20

MC 2018.12 TB3(USB-C) *1 TB3(USB-C) *1*2 Yes Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock

16 to 32 GB 2400Mhz DDR4 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 13"

2.8 GHz quad core Intel core i7

Mid 2019 - Touch Bar & Thunderbolt 3

Intel Iris Plus 655 MC 2018.12 TB3(USB-C) *1 TB3(USB-C) *1*2 Yes Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock

16 GB 2133Mhz LPDDR3 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 15"

2.2 GHz and higher i7/i9 six core

Mid 2018 - Touch Bar & Thunderbolt 3

Intel UHD630 AMD Radeon Pro 555X, 560X MC 2018.10 TB3(USB-C) *1 TB3(USB-C) *1*2 Yes Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock

16 to 32 GB 2400Mhz DDR4 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 13"

2.7 GHz quad core Intel core i7

Mid 2018 - Touch Bar & Thunderbolt 3

Intel Iris Plus 655 MC 2018.10 TB3(USB-C) *1 TB3(USB-C) *1*2 Yes Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock

8 to 16 GB 2133Mhz LPDDR3 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 15"

2.8 GHz and higher i7 quad core

Mid 2017 - Touch Bar & Thunderbolt 3

Intel HD630 AMD Radeon Pro 555, 560 MC 8.8 TB3(USB-C) *1 TB3(USB-C) *1*2 Yes Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock

16 GB 2133Mhz LPDDR3 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 15"

2.6 GHz and higher i7 quad core

Late 2016 - Touch Bar & TB 3

Intel HD530 AMD Radeon 450,455, 460 MC 8.8 TB3(USB-C) *1 TB3(USB-C) *1*2 Yes Apple TB to GbE adapter or USB-C dock 

6 GB 2133Mhz DDR4 Memory

 

Touch Bar not used by MC

MacBook Pro 15"

2.2 GHz and higher i7 quad core

Mid 2015 TB 2

Intel HD5000 AMD Radeon M370X 7.0.4 Thunderbolt 2 *3 Sonnet DX TB Adapter Required* Yes with Apple TB Ethernet Adapter 16 GB 1600Mhz DDR3L Memory

*Note: The Avid branded DX Thunderbolt Adapter is still supported, just no longer available for purchase. Buy Sonnet DX TB adapter instead.

  • *1 TB3 (USB-C) to TB2 adapter required for DNxIO or Mojo DX
  • *2 Avid TB2 to PCIe adapter required for Mojo DX
  • *3 Apple TB2 to TB3 adapter required for DNxIQ, DNxIV, DNxID, or DNxIP

 

3rd-party Open IO Supported Hardware: Each vendor qualifies their own hardware to work with various host CPUs. For updated lists of supported 3rd party hardware configurations visit the vendor’s website. See the Open IO Frequently Asked Questions on the Knowledge Base for links to their websites.

Mac minimum specifications

Computer

Avid-qualified Mac-based computer

Mac OS X

  • Catalina (10.15) – Requires MC 2020.4 or later
  • Mojave (10.14) – Requires MC 2018.10 or later
  • High Sierra (10.13)
  • Sierra (10.12) - NOT supported with MC 2020.x

Processor

Intel core i7, i9 or Xeon (with hyper-threading – 4C/8T, 6C/12T or 8C/16T or higher) – 2.3 Ghz or higher

    Qualified PC systems

    PC laptops

     

    System

     

    GPU

    Earliest

    MC

    Version

    Supported

     

    DNxIO/IQ

    DNxIV/IP  DNxID

     

    Nitris

    DX

     

    Mojo DX

     

    Nexis

     

     

    Notes**

    Hp Zbook 17” G6

    2.3 Ghz or higher 6

    or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    RTX3000

    RTX4000

    RTX5000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 128 GB DDR4-2667

    Memory HP DreamColor option

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    Dell 7740 17”

    2.6 GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    RTX3000

    RTX4000

    RTX5000

     

    AMD

    WX7130

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 128 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

     

    Lenovo P73 17”

    2.6 GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    RTX3000

    RTX4000

    RTX5000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 128 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    HP Zbook 15” G6

    2.3Ghz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    T1000

    T2000

    RTX3000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 128 GB DDR4-2667 Memory HP DreamColor option

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    Lenovo P1 G2 15”

    2.6 GHz or higher

    6 core i7 Thin

    and Light

    Nvidia

    T1000

    T2000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    Lenovo P53 15”

    2.3 GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    T1000

    T2000

    RTX4000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 128 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    Dell 3541 15”

    2.3GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    P620

     MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    Dell 5540 15”

    2.3 GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon

    - thin and light

    Nvidia

    T1000

    T2000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes*

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory  - USB 3.0 to Ethernet required for NEXIS

    Dell 7540 15”

    2.6 GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core

    i7/i9/Xeon

    Nvidia

    T1000

    T2000

    RTX3000

    MC 2018.12

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 128 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    HP Zbook Studio G5 and Studio X360 G5 

    2.3 GHz or higher

    6 or 8 core i7/i9/Xeon Ultrabook

    Nvidia

    P1000

    P2000  

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667

    Memory  HP DreamColor option 

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    Dell 5530 15" 

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Thin and light

    Nvidia

    P1000

    P2000

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    *

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2667 Memory  USB 3.0 to Ethernet required for NEXIS

    Lenovo P1 15” 

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3 

    Thin and Light

    Nvidia 

    P1000

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory     

    HP Zbook 17" G5

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P3200

    P4200

    P5200

     

    AMD

    WX4170

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory HP DreamColor option

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    Dell 7730 17"

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P3200

    P4200

    P5200

     

    AMD

    WX4170

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

     

    Lenovo P72

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P3200

    P4200

    P5200

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    HP Zbook 15" G5

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P1000

    P2000

     

    AMD

    WX4150

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    HP DreamColor option

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    HP Zbook 15V G5

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P1000

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    Dell 7530 15" 

    2.6GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P1000

    P2000

     

    AMD

    WX4150

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    Dell 3530 15"

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P600

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    Lenovo P52 

    2.6 GHz or higher

    six core i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P1000

    P2000

    MC 2018.7

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2667 Memory

    HP Zbook 17" G4

    2.8GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P3000

    P4000

    P5000

     

    AMD

    WX4170

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2400

    Memory HP DreamColor option

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    HP Zbook 15" G4

    2.8 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M620

    M1200

    M2200

     

    AMD

    WX4150

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2400

    Memory HP DreamColor option

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    HP Zbook Studio

    Ultrabook G4 

    2.8 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M1200

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2400 Memory

    HP Thunderbolt dock G2

    Dell 7720 17" 

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P3000

    P4000

    P5000

     

    AMD WX4150 WX7100

     MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2400 Memory

    Dell 7520 15"

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M1200 M2200

    AMD WX4130, WX4150

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2400 Memory

    Dell 5520 15" 

    2.8 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M1200

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2400

    Memory USB 3.0 to Ethernet required for NEXIS Connectivity

    Dell 3520 15"

    2.8 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M620

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2400 Memory

    Lenovo P51

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M1200

    M2200

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

     16 to 64 GB DDR4-2400 Memory

    Lenovo P71

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    P3000

    P4000

    P5000

    MC 8.8

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

     16 to 64 GB DDR4-2400 Memory

    HP Zbook Studio G3 Ultrabook

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia

    M1000M

    8.4.3

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

    HP Zbook 15" G3

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

     

    Nvidia M1000M

    M2000M M600M

     

    AMD W5170M

    8.4.3

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

     HP DreamColor option

    HP Zbook 17" G3

    2.6 GHz or higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia M3000M

    M4000M M5000M

     

    AMD W6150M

    8.4.3

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2133 Memory 

    HP DreamColor option

    Dell 7710 17"

    2.7 GHz quad core

    i7 or 2.9 Ghz

    Xeon E3 

    Nvidia M3000M

    M4000M M5000M

     

    A M D

    W 7170M

    8 .4 .3

    USB-C

    *1

     Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

    Dell 7510 15"

    2.5 GHz and higher

    quad core i7 

    Nvidia M1000M 

    M,2000M

     

    AMD

    W5170M

    8 .4 .3

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

    Dell 5510 15"

    2.3 GHz and higher

    quad core i7 

    Nvidia

    M1000M

    8 .4 .3

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified 

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    *

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2133 Memory- USB 3.0 to Ethernet required for

    NEXIS Connectivity

    Dell 3510 15"

    2.3 GHz and higher

    quad core i7 

    AMD W5130M

     8 .4 .3

    USB-C

    *1

    Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

    Lenovo P70

    2.6 GHz and higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia M3000M M4000M M5000M

    8.4.3

    USB-C

    *1

     Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

    Lenovo P50

    2.6 GHz and higher

    quad core

    i7/Xeon E3

    Nvidia M1000M M2000M

     8.4.3

    USB-C

    *1

     Not Qualified

    USB-C

    *1,*2

    Yes

    16 to 64 GB DDR4-2133 Memory

    HP Zbook 17" G2

    2.5 GHz and higher quad core i7

    Nvidia K2200M K3100M K4100M

     7.0.4/11.0.4

    TB2

    *3

     Not Qualified

    Sonnet DXTB Adapter

    Required*

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR3-1600 Memory 

    HP Zbook 15" G2 2.5 GHz and higher

    quad core i7

    Nvidia K1100M K2100M

    7.0.4/11.0.4

    TB2

    *3

    Not Qualified

    Sonnet DXTB Adapter

    Required*

     Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR3-1600 Memory

    Dell M6800 17”

    2.5 GHz and higher

    quad core i7

    Nvidia K2200M

    K3100M K4100M

    K5100M

     7.0.4/11.0.4

     No

     Not Qualified

    Yes

    Express Card

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR3-1600 Memory

    Dell M4800 15"

    2.5 GHz and higher quad core i7

    Nvidia K1100M K2100M

     7.0.4/11.0.4

     No

     Not Qualified

    Yes

    Express Card

     Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR3-1600 Memory 

    Dell M3800 15"

    2.3 GHz and higher quad core i7

    Nvidia

    K1100M

     7.0.4/11.0.4

    TB2

    *3

     

    Not Qualified

    Sonnet DXTB Adapter

    Required*

    Yes

    *

    16 to 32 GB DDR3-1600 Memory 

    USB 3.0 to Ethernet required for NEXIS

    Lenovo W541 15”

    2.5 GHz and higher

    quad core i7

    Nvidia K1100M K2100M

    7.0.4/11.0.4

    TB2

    *3

    Not Qualified

    Sonnet DXTB Adapter

    Required*

    Yes

    16 to 32 GB DDR3-1600 Memory 

    NOTES:
    Startech and Sonnet adapters are required. The Avid branded DX Thunderbolt Adapter is still supported, just no longer available for purchase.  **** Startech Thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt adapter required for DNxIO and Mojo DX.  
    *1 USB-C/TB3 - TB3 to TB2 adapter required for DNxIO or Mojo DX  
    *2 Avid/Sonnet TB2 to PCIe adapter required for Mojo DX  
    *3 – Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter required for DNxID, DNxIV, DNxIP or DNxIQ
    High Res displays (3840 x 2160) supported with MC 8.9
    Intel Core I7-7xxx and Intel Xeon E3 V6 and later are supported with Windows 10 Pro 64b only (Win 7 not supported by Intel)
    Intel X710-DA 10Gb ethernet card supported with Win 10 by OEMs (HP, Dell, Lenovo) – Disregard Intel web site listing this card as not supported for Win 10                        

    3rd Party Open IO Supported Hardware: Each vendor qualifies their own hardware to work with various host CPUs. For updated lists of supported 3rd party hardware and configurations visit the vendor's website. See the Open IO Frequently Asked Questions on the Knowledge Base for links to their websites.

    PC minimum requirement

    Windows Minimum Specifications

    • Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer
    • Operating Systems:  
      • Windows 10 version 1809, 1903, or 1909 Professional or Enterprise – requires MC 8.5 or later
      • Windows 8.1 Professional or Enterprise - requires MC v7.0.3/NC 11.0.3 or later
      • Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) – Not supported on new systems after 2017 (EOL Jan 2020) MC 2020.x only qualified with Win 10 (win 7, win 8 not supported)
    • Processor:  
      • Intel core i7, i9 or Xeon (with hyper-threading – 4C/8T, 6C/12T or 8C/16T or higher) – 2.3 Ghz or higher
      • Intel Core i3, i5 with ANY core count are NOT qualified
      • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X (32C/64T) or 3990X (64C/128T) – no other AMD processors qualified by Avid
    • Memory: (More is better – see Media Cache settings in MC)
      • 16 GB RAM minimum required to support Interplay or Media Central, background transcode, Dynamic Media Folders, full-frame stereoscopic 3D, FrameFlex workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high- performance HD workflows
      • 32+ GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer |Cloud, UHD/4K/8K media editing, and other high-performance UHD workflows
      • 8 GB RAM minimum for basic standalone MC First with minimal effects (no interplay or Media Central) – SD/HD projects – not recommended (may hang on Mac OS)
      • RAM listed is what Avid tested as part of the qualification process. Adding more memory is supported as long as it adheres to the

    manufacturer’s recommendations.

    • Graphics card:  
      • NVIDIA Quadro family, Intel on chip graphics, or AMD FirePro W-series/Radeon Pro WX-series or W-series Current driver support from Nvidia, Intel or AMD. Laptop drivers from HP, Dell and Lenovo web support 

     

    • Internal hard drive: Minimum 256 GB SSD, M.2 or nVMe, or slower 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA drive