List of Intel Core Processors, naming scheme and their suffix

Today we will be discussing naming schemes for Intel’s modern Core family of processors naming scheme. Just like AMD, Intel uses i3, i5, i7 and i9 to denote CPU model names. This can be compared to their AMD counterpart as below:

Going forward into the article one general rule of thumb to remember by readers is, the higher the number, the better the performance.

Intel Core FamilyDescription
Core i3Core i3 is mainly used in budget friendly PCs and for consumers who don’t use their PCs for intensive applications. In terms of relevancy, Core i3 CPUs can be compared with AMD Ryzen 3 series of processors.
Core i5Core i5 CPUs are high performance processors capable of handling heavy multitasking and intense gaming. Core i5 processors which start with a core count of 2 can go upto 12 cores, giving competition to Ryzen 5 processors.
Core i7The Core i7 CPUs are for enthusiasts or prosumers who want some serious performance coming out of their systems. For older generations CPU, Core i7 processors have a starting core count of 2 and can go upto a maximum of 14 cores for delivering peak performance. This family of CPUs gives a straight challenge to Ryzen 7 processors of AMD.
Core i9The Corei9 CPUs are for serious professionals. These processors are suitable for gamers, streamers and content creators who need their PC running on optimal performance level. Core i9 processors have a minimum of 6 cores and can go upto a maximum of 16 cores. Intel Core i9 and AMD Ryzen 9 belong to the same tier in terms of performance and benchmarks.

 

Apart from above modern processors we can also notice few older models of Intel Core processors:

Intel Core FamilyDescription
Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 SoloMobile Processors with 1 or 2 cores launched in early 2006.
Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad/Core 2 ExtremeDesktop and Mobile processors with 2 to 4 processors all launched between 2006 to 2008.
Core M/Core m3/Core m5/Core m7Mobile Processors with 2 cores mostly suitable for tablets and handheld devices. These processors were widely used in devices between 2015 and 2018.

 

Intel Core Processors naming structure

 

Intel Core Processors naming structure

List of  CPU Suffix used by Intel

Now that we have discussed the different parts of CPU naming conventions used by the company Intel, we can list down different suffixes that appear at the end of the processor name.

SuffixMeaningDescriptionExample
G1-G7Graphics level (processors with new integrated graphics technology only)These suffixes are used with modern 10th gen thin and light laptops with higher numbers denoting greater graphics capability.Intel Core i7-1060G7
EEmbeddedEmbedded Options Available indicates products that offer extended purchase availability for intelligent systems and embedded solutions.Intel Core i7-9700E
FRequires discrete graphicsCPUs with ‘F’ suffix require a separate Graphics card to work and produce a display output.Intel Core i7-9700F
GIncludes discrete graphics on packageCPU numbers with a suffix “G” can operate without a discrete graphics card since graphics capability are inbuilt within the processor.Intel Core i7-8705G
HHigh performance optimized for mobile“H” suffix denotes CPUs for mobile devices and are often used in gaming or high performance laptops.Intel Core i7-9850H
KUnlockedFound in desktops, “K” letter denotes that Intel offers manual overclocking of those CPUs.Intel Core i7-7700K
HKHigh performance optimized for mobile, unlockedThese are high performance mobile processors which offer overclocking capability as well.Intel Core i7-6820HK
HQHigh performance optimized for mobile, quad coreThese are high performance quad core CPUs optimized for mobile devices.Intel Core i7-7700HQ
XEXtreme EditionThese processors indicate an “extreme edition” processor for desktops designed for maximum performance.Core i9-9980XE
SSpecial editionFrom time to time Intel launches special edition CPUs and the letter “S” is used as a suffix at the end of processor numbers.Intel i9-9900KS
TPower-optimized lifestyleCPUs with suffix “T” are designed to use less power while also having less performance than the standard chips without any letters.Intel Core i7-10700T
UMobile power efficientThese “Ultra-low power” CPUs draw very low power to operate and are mainly used mainly in thin and light laptops.Intel Core i7-10610U
YMobile extremely low powerSimilar to the “U” suffix, “Y” letter denotes that these CPUs operate on even less power like in ultrabook or tablets and can draw as low as 5 Watts of power in a mobile device.Intel Core i7-10510Y

 

 

List of all ACTIVE Intel Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 processors (as on 9th Jan 2022)

Product NameGenerationLaunch Dateno. of CoresMax FrequencyBase FrequencyCacheTDPProcessor GraphicsCpu Family
Product NameGenerationLaunch Dateno. of CoresMax FrequencyBase FrequencyCacheTDPProcessor GraphicsCpu Family

 

How to decide which processor to buy?

  1. First determine the level of performance you need and your daily usage requirements. You can choose an entry level i3, or a mid-performer i5, or even can go for i7 or i9 for ultra performance mode.
  2. Then look for the CPU generation number and the SKU digits which follows them.
  3. Examine the suffix at the end of processor name. This will determine the level of performance delivery with the power consumption value of the CPU.

 

 Read Also: AMD Ryzen processors naming scheme

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