The 10th Gen Intel Core Processor Number Guide!

The new 10th Gen Intel Core processor family, codenamed Ice Lake, uses a new processor number system.

Let’s take a look at the new 10th Gen Intel Core processor number system, and figure out what the letters and numbers mean!

 

10th Gen Intel Core Processor Primer

Codenamed Ice Lake, the 10th Gen Intel Core processors are the first to be purpose-built for AI applications, with features like :

  • Intel Deep Learning Boost – a new, dedicated instruction set for hardware acceleration of neural networks, which will boost applications like automatic image enhancements, photo indexing and photorealistic effects.
  • GPU Engine Compute – developers can use the GPU, which provides up to 1 teraflops of compute capability, for high-throughput inference applications like video stylisation, analytics and real-time video resolution upscaling.
  • Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA) – a dedicated hardware engine for background workloads like voice processing and noise suppression at ultra-low power.

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The 10th Gen Intel Core Processor Number Guide!

 

The 9th Gen Intel Core Processor Number System

Let’s do a quick refresher on the processor number system for the 9th Gen Intel Core processors :

9th Gen Intel Core processor processor number example

Brand Modifier

This is what most people think of as the performance category.

  • Core i9 : prosumer class, with the most processing cores
  • Core i7 : enthusiast class, with many processing cores
  • Core i5 : mainstream processors
  • Core i3 : entry-level processors

Gen Indicator

The first number – 9 – quickly tells us that this is a 9th Generation Intel Core processor.

SKU Numeric Digits

This is what we consumers use as a rough indicator of the processor’s overall performance.

The higher the number, the better the processor’s performance in general. For example :

  • Core i9-9900 is faster than Core i9-9880
  • Core i7-9850 is faster than Core i7-9750

Product Line Suffix

This tells us more about the processor features, for a particular model :

  • K : Unlocked processor multiplier
  • F : Does not come with processor graphics, requires discrete graphics
  • T : Power-optimised
  • S : Special Edition
  • H : High performance graphics (mobile only)

 

The 10th Gen Intel Core Processor Number System

Now, let’s look at the new processor number system for the 10th Gen Intel Core processors

10th Gen Intel Core processor processor number example

Brand Modifier

This is what most people think of as the performance category.

  • Core i9 : prosumer class, with the most processing cores
  • Core i7 : enthusiast class, with many processing cores
  • Core i5 : mainstream processors
  • Core i3 : entry-level processors

Gen Indicator

This is now a 2-digit number 10 for the 10th Generation Intel Core processor.

SKU Numeric Digits

This is what we consumers use as a rough indicator of the processor’s overall performance.

Instead of three digits, it now uses just two digits, but the concept is the same – the higher the number, the better the processor’s performance in general.

For example, the Core i7-1068 is faster than Core i7-1065.

10th Gen Intel mobile processor on motherboard

Level of Graphics

Replacing the Product Line Suffix, this gives us a rough indication of the processor graphics’ performance level.

  • G7 : Intel Iris Plus Graphics with 64 Execution Units
  • G4 : Intel Iris Plus Graphics with 48 Execution Units
  • G1 : Intel UHD Graphics with 32 Execution Units

Intel started using this graphics indicator in the 10th Gen Intel Core processor number system, because this will be a major model differentiator.

For example, they announced three Intel Core i5-1035 models, differentiated only by their processor graphics :

  • Intel Core i5-1035G7 : Intel Iris Pro Graphics (64 EUs)
  • Intel Core i5-1035G4 : Intel Iris Pro Graphics (48 EUs)
  • Intel Core i5-1035G1 : Intel UHD Graphics (32 EUs)

 

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