In addition to all of the systems that we routinely test on, our QA labs maintain a large number of what we call “off-matrix” systems.
These range from the servers that run our infrastructure, to personal workstations, to systems dedicated long-term to a particular project, which are generally not available for regular project use. Every so often, we go through these systems and reclaim a few into our general compatibility testing inventory; while they are generally older hardware at that point, they can sometimes fill gaps in our existing inventory or provided some additional overhead capacity.
We’ve recently reclaimed the following into our lab testing pool:
- An iPhone SE (6S hardware in a 5-series shell), (now) running iOS 12. This is the last of the 4” iPhones, and always useful for testing how apps resize with very limited screen real estate.
- A 2014 Mac Mini. Nothing exceptional, but it fills a partial generational gap and is capable of running macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14.
- A lab-built Core i5-4690. This will just be a spare system mostly for compatibility testing. It does have an (additional to our standing inventory) nVidia GeForce GTX 660Ti video card in it, giving us a viable SLI configuration for projects that need to check compatibility on systems rendering on multiple GPUs.
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding our quality assurance lab hardware or are interested in discussing our involvement in one of your projects.