Intel Core Series Processor Numbers

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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.

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Processor Identifier Meanings

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.

Processor Series

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.

KUnlocked/Able To Be Overclocked
HHigh Performance Graphics
HKUnlocked with High Performance Graphics
QQuad Core
HQUnlocked, Quad Core Processors
UUltra-Low Power
YExtremely Low Power
TPower Optimized
PWithout Integrated Graphics
GIncludes Radeon RX Vega Graphics
RHigh End/Sodered-on Processor (Broadwell Line)
CUnlocked/Able To Be Overclocked (Broadwell Line)
XEExtreme Edition??

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This Article Was Last Updated: January 6, 2020 @ 1:27 am