Whether you are buying a new Computer Processor to assemble a desktop computer or buying a new laptop, you may be concerned about the processor. But due to the different letters and numbers in them, it is difficult to understand. This is helpful to understand that in detail.
Core i5, i7 Processors
As the number of cores in a processor increases, its efficiency increases. But Intel Core is just a brand. Core processors are very fast compared to the early Pentium processors, and the Core i is another sub-brand of the same brand. The i3 / i5 / i7 processors have a lot of differences compared to each other.
It can be explained as: Think of a sweet factory that makes chocolate biscuits and Marie biscuits. “Biscuits” is a core product of Intel’s Core. “Chocolate” and “Marie” are “i3” and “i5” respectively. Instead of a single chocolate biscuit, they decided to make a new biscuit called “cream biscuit”. According to processors, it is similar to i3 “Gen 2”. It is another sub-model of front-line branding.
In terms of Hyper-Threading, Clock Speed , and Integrated Graphics, the value of iN increases with relative quality. It is important to note that the iN value alone cannot make a quick decision. The price and power of an i3 8th Generation processor are huge compared to the i5 3rd Generation processor. iN is just a brand.
How to Identify the Generation of Computer Processor
Intel processors have a naming system, like Ubuntu or legacy Android, instead of numbers for a generation. They are named after Sandy Bridge for 2nd Gen, Broadwell for 5th Gen, Coffee Lake for 9th Gen. As we explained in the previous example, Generation is a new generation of advanced i3 / i5 / i7 processors. As Gen value increases, so does ability and price.
The processor is able to identify the gen that belongs to the letter-digits of the processor. Gen represents the number of two digits after iN.
Take, for example, the Intel Core i7-3520M processor. The first digit after “i7-” is 3. That is, this is a 3rd gen processor. The Gen 8 of the Intel Core i3-8100 is. So what could be the Intel Core i5-10210U? Yes, it’s the 10th Gen.
Subsequent numbers indicate SKU, or stock keeping unit. It’s not that important to us as consumers.
Prefixes English letters
Next to SKU numbers are a single letter or two-character that shows the processor’s special capabilities. It is an essential component to consider as the processor is the most versatile device, power usage, heating, graphic capability, and many more.
Meaning of the letters
K means Unlocked, which allows the CPU to overclock. Those who want to tweak the CPU should consider this, as most modern processors have Turbo capabilities and the Hz value only reaches higher when the need arises (for laptops) and battery power is not for everyone. Ex: Intel Core i9-9900K
H is the Onboard or Integrated VGA that comes with the High-Performance Graphics processor. This is used for devices that may or may not use it when it is not decided to use a separate graphics card. Ex: Intel Core i3-7100H
Q stands for Quad Core.
Together with these two letters, there are also processors such as Intel Core i7-7820HK, Intel Core i7-7920HQ, which can be used as HK or HQ.
U stands for Ultra-Low Power, which saves battery power on laptops. Ex: Intel Core i5-8250U
The Y is that Extremely Low Power, which runs on very low power, helps save a lot of battery power on laptops.
S is the lower power and less capable processors and the lower ones are denoted by the letter T. Ex: Intel Core i9-9900T and Intel Core i9-9900KS
F is a processor with very little or no graphic capabilities. These often come with some other special ability. For example, the Intel Core i9-9900KF processor has the same K features.
R stands for high graphic capabilities. Ex: Intel Core i7-5775R
G is an additional graphic capability. For example, Intel Core i7-8705G has Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics that allows you to connect six monitors in addition to Intel HD Graphics.
M is a mobile processor that includes laptops. The task here is to save battery power with relatively low capabilities. Heat is also less.
The letter X is said to represent Extreme.
Atom, Celeron processors
In addition to the Intel Core processor products, Intel has Atom, Celeron, and older Pentium processors. These are very low compared to Intel Core processors, and the numbering is different. Fonts contain very little.
Atom processors only have three numbers or the letter N. The letter N denotes a notebook processor, and the greater the number, the greater the possibilities. For mobile devices on the Internet, the letter Z is used.
Pentium processors use four digits. The higher the digital value, the higher the cache, the clock speed, etc., the higher the processor feel. The letter E is said to conserve electricity.
Celeron processors use 3 or 5 numbers. 4 digits are used when there is a letter. The larger the number, the more efficient it feels.