A Brief Guide to Our Latest Processor and Naming Updates

In this article you’ll learn about:

  • The new Intel® Core™ Ultra processors, Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® Core™ 14th gen processors, and Intel® Core™ N-Series.

  • Updated naming conventions, including the Intel® Processor, the new brand name for our value processors, that will replace Intel Pentium® and Intel Celeron® branding.



New Processors, New Names

We have recently made a number of processor and naming updates. We introduced Intel® Core™ Ultra processors and Intel® Core™ 14th gen processors. We added the Intel® Core™ processor N-Series. And we introduced a processor for the essential product space: Intel® Processor—a new offering that will replace the Intel Pentium® and Intel Celeron® branding.

Intel® Core™ Ultra Processors

Intel® Core™ Ultra processors are a groundbreaking advancement in Intel chip innovation. With an all-new 3D performance hybrid design, they include NPUs (Neural Processing Units) and may also include an Intel® Arc GPU6 for graphics and AI acceleration. Now customers can enjoy exciting new AI capabilities—like video editing, collaboration and game upscaling—while conserving power.

The Intel® Core™ Ultra processor family includes Intel® Core™ Ultra 9 processor, Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor, and Intel® Core™ Ultra 5 processor.

Learn more about the new Intel® Core™ Ultra processors

Suffixes for Intel® Core™ Ultra processors

Intel® Core™ Ultra processors will have suffixes H and U.

For example: Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor 165H and Intel® Core™ Ultra 5 processor 135U.

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Intel® Core™ Processors (Series 1)

Intel® Core™ processors usher in the new era of advanced innovation with a new, shorter naming scheme that includes a 3 digit system for the processor number.

The Intel® Core™ processors family includes Intel® Core™ 7 processor, Intel® Core™ 5 processor, and Intel® Core™ 3 processor.

Learn more about the new Intel® Core™ processors (Series 1)

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Intel® Core™ Processors (14th gen)

Intel® Core™ 14th gen processors deliver high performance and efficiency thanks to a groundbreaking new performance hybrid design.

These include Intel® Core™ i9 processor, Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Intel® Core™ i5 processor, and Intel® Core™ i3 processor.

Learn more about the new Intel® Core™ 14th generation desktop processors

Understanding Intel® Core™ Processor Suffixes

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Gaming processor suffixes

While the family and generation indicate a core CPU’s level of performance, its capabilities and specifications are further detailed by Intel® CPU series names. The CPU series—indicated by the series suffix at the tail-end of the CPU name—signifies the type of systems the processor is tooled for. A suffix, or lack thereof, points out whether a CPU is designed for a desktop, laptop, mobile device, etc.

The following suffixes generally indicate a CPU that should be considered for gaming purposes:

No suffix, or S
CPUs that lack a suffix, or have an S suffix, belong to the S-series. These processors are made for desktops and offer a range of options for various budgets and needs.

CPUs with an H suffix belong to the H-series, a series of powerful mobile processors9 for laptop gaming.10 Those looking for a CPU for gaming should also be aware of a few other suffixes.

A K suffix denotes an unlocked desktop processor that allows for overclocking, while an “HK” suffix (H+K) denotes an unlocked, high-powered laptop processor that allows for overclocking. Overclocking enables you to potentially achieve CPU performance beyond specs by adjusting key stem values11.

An F suffix marks a CPU that doesn’t have integrated graphics. They must be paired with a discrete graphic card.

The G suffix designates a CPU with additional built-in integrated graphics.

Intel® Core™ Processors N-Series

The Intel® Core™ processor N-Series provides a step-up in performance for entry-level computing on both laptops and desktops. The N-Series naming convention is:

Intel® Processor

Finally, we introduced a new processor for the value product space: Intel® Processor—a new offering that will replace the Intel Pentium® and Intel Celeron® branding.

The new naming conventions is:

Note: The Intel® Processor does not include any generation indicator in the number format. The Intel® Processor alphanumeric prefix will start with an N or U.

Additionally, the Intel® Processor also includes other variations outside of N-series processors.

Intel® Pentium® Silver and Gold Processors

Intel is continuing to offer existing Intel® Pentium® Silver and Intel® Pentium® Gold processors.

Higher numbers within the processor class indicate improved features and benchmarks, including cache, clock speed, or front-side bus.

Intel® Pentium® Gold and Silver processors are distinguished by their overall CPU performance:

  • Intel® Pentium® Gold processors are optimized for performance.
  • Intel® Pentium® Silver processors are optimized for cost.

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Intel® Celeron® Processors

The Intel® Celeron® processor naming convention includes two different formats. Some Intel® Celeron® processors may have one of the following: a four-digit number, a prefix, or a suffix.

Higher numbers within the processor family typically indicate improved features and benchmarks, including cache, clock speed, or front-side bus.

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