PTE Compatibility

Is your computer T.O.V.A. compatible?

While our latest version of the Precision Test Environment (PTE) works with many more computers, some still have issues. This page summarizes the models and hardware we’ve tested.

Please understand that new computers with new, untested hardware are being sold all the time, and that manufacturer and model names are not always consistent.

Related: What if my computer/hardware isn’t listed below?

Mac with TOVA main screen


Related: Where can I find laptops compatible with the current T.O.V.A. PTE?

This is a list of some models and/or hardware that has been tested with the T.O.V.A. The PTE should work on recommended computers, though some may require special configuration, a T.O.V.A. flash drive (included), or an additional USB adapter (not included). All modern Windows and Mac computers should still work with the EAV hardware setup.

Unsupported Hardware

  • Processors and graphics from 2020 or later, for example:
    • Apple M1, M2, and M3 (2020 or later Macs)
    • Intel 11th-, 12th-, and 13th-gen processors and newer / Iris Xe Graphics (“Tiger Lake”, “Rocket Lake”, “Alder Lake”, “Raptor Lake”)
    • Intel Celeron N4500, N4505, N5095A, N5100, N5105 (“Jasper Lake”)
    • Intel Pentium Silver N6000, N6005 (“Jasper Lake”)
    • AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, 5300U, 5425U, 7320U, and Ryzen 3 PRO 5450U
    • AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, 4600(G or H), 5500U, 5625U, 7520U, 7530U, and Ryzen 5 PRO 4650(U), 5650U
    • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, 4800U, 5700(U or X), 5800H, 5825U, 7730U, and Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
    • AMD Athlon Gold 7220U
  • High-performance graphics cards, like NVidia
  • Intel Atom processors
  • Multiple screens
  • Wireless keyboards and mice

Windows Computers

Microsoft Surface


Laptop, Laptop 2
Pro 3, 4, 6, and Surface Pro (2017, 5th Gen)
Book, Book 2

Not Recommended

Laptop 3, 4, and later, Laptop Studio
Go 2*, Go 3*
, Laptop Go, Laptop Go 2
Pro 7, 7+, 8, 9, X, and later
Book 3

Dell, HP, Lenovo


Most old computers

(excluding hardware listed above in the unsupported hardware )

Acer, ASUS

Models and reliability vary


Not Recommended


* The Surface Go 2 and 3 do not provide accurate screen calibration and should not be used for visual T.O.V.A. testing.

Some Windows computers use an ARM processor, which is not supported by our software at all, even using the EAV setup. See computer requirements for more information.

Mac Computers

The Intel MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are popular choices. The MacBook, MacMini, and iMac should also work. For compatibility, check the year of manufacture in the Apple menu About This Mac. 

2018 or later

  • Newest M1, M2, and M3 processors are not supported
  • Must disable T2 security chip to boot PTE
  • Limited support for other hardware
Recommended: Use the EAV setup instead

2016 - 2017 with USB-C ports

  • Most support the PTE
  • Audio may require a USB adapter (not included)

2016 or Earlier

  • Should support the PTE
  • Some require the T.O.V.A. CD or flash drive (included)

iMacs will need a USB keyboard and/or mouse to use the PTE setup.

Use the EAV Setup as an alternative

Our EAV hardware setup works with virtually any modern Mac or Windows computer, though it requires an external VGA monitor.

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