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 



Standard Laptop

MacBook Pro 14-inch

M1 Pro, 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD

Standard Laptop - Light 

MacBook Air 13-inch

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

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

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:

MacBook ProMac Model/Part NumbersModel Identifier
MacBook Pro (13-inch, M2, 2022)MNEH3xx/A, MNEJ3xx/A, MNEP3xx/A, MNEQ3xx/AMac14,7
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/AMacBookPro17,1
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/AMacBookPro16,1 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, MacBookPro15,3

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)MR932xx/A, MR942xx/A, MR952xx/A, MR962xx/A, MR972xx/A, MUQH2xx/AMacBookPro15,1
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)MR9Q2xx/A, MR9R2xx/A, MR9T2xx/A, MR9U2xx/A, MR9V2xx/AMacBookPro15,2
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)MPTR2xx/A, MPTT2xx/A, MPTU2xx/A, MPTV2xx/A, MPTW2xx/A, MPTX2xx/AMacBookPro14,3
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two & Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)MPXV2xx/A, MPXW2xx/A, MPXX2xx/A, MPXY2xx/A, MQ002xx/A, MQ012xx/A or MPXQ2xx/A, MPXR2xx/A, MPXT2xx/A, MPXU2xx/AMacBookPro14,1 or MacBookPro14,2
MacBook AirMac Model/Part NumbersModel Identifier
MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)MGN63xx/A, MGN93xx/A, MGND3xx/A, MGN73xx/A, MGNA3xx/A, MGNE3xx/AMacBookAir10,1
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)MVH22xx/A, MVH42xx/A, MVH52xx/A, MWTJ2xx/A, MWTK2xx/A, MWTL2xx/AMacBookAir9,1
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)MVFH2xx/A, MVFJ2xx/A, MVFK2xx/A, MVFL2xx/A, MVFM2xx/A, MVFN2xx/A, MVH62xx/A, MVH82xx/AMacBookAir8,2
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)MRE82xx/A, MREA2xx/A, MREE2xx/A, MRE92xx/A, MREC2xx/A, MREF2xx/A, MUQT2xx/A, MUQU2xx/A, MUQV2xx/AMacBookAir8,1
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)MQD32xx/A, MQD42xx/A, MQD52xx/AMacBookAir7,2
iMacMac Model/Part NumbersModel 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/aiMac21,1 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/AiMac19,1
iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)MRT3xx/A, MRT4xx/A, MHK23xx/AiMac19,2
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)MNE92xx/A, MNEA2xx/A, MNED2xx/AiMac18,3
iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)MNDY2xx/A, MNE02xx/AiMac18,2
iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)MMQA2xx/A, MHK03xx/AiMac18,1
Mac MiniMac Model/Part NumbersModel Identifier
Mac mini (M1, 2020)MGNR3xx/A, MGNT3xx/AMacmini9,1
Mac mini (2018)MRTR2xx/A, MRTT2xx/A, MXNF2xx/A, MXNG2xx/AMacmini8,1
iMac ProMac Model/Part NumbersModel Identifier
iMac Pro (2017)MQ2Y2xx/A, MHLV3xx/AiMacPro1,1

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 has updated its approach with regards to the age of devices on CSCS support. This is 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.