All Intel® Core™ Series Processors have an identifying number to differentiate them from the hundreds of different processors that Intel produces. Although they are useful, they can be hard to comprehend and remember as well as being hard to decode.
The processor number is one of several factors, along with processor brand, specific system configurations, and system-level benchmarks, to be considered when choosing the right processor for your computing needs.– Intel (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html)
Intel Processor Identifiers for Core™ series processors consists of four key parts. They can seem like a puzzle to solve and even seem random at times.
This is the series of processor. These include i3, i5, i7 and i9 series of processors.
This is the generation of the processor. The higher the number, the newer generation that product is.
The three digits represents the SKU of that product
Many of Intel’s processors have a suffix which can seem random and elusive at times.
|K||Unlocked/Able To Be Overclocked||✓||✓|
|H||High Performance Graphics||✓|
|HK||Unlocked with High Performance Graphics||✓|
|HQ||Unlocked, Quad Core Processors||✓|
|Y||Extremely Low Power||✓|
|P||Without Integrated Graphics||✓|
|G||Includes Radeon RX Vega Graphics||✓|
|R||High End/Sodered-on Processor (Broadwell Line)||✓|
|C||Unlocked/Able To Be Overclocked (Broadwell Line)||✓|
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