10th Gen CPUs – Deciphering the new model names

12th October 2019
People working on tablets and computers

Intel launched new CPU codes, but how do you understand them?

With the introduction of Intel’s eleven new Ice Lake chips earlier this year, it claims the new 10th-gen family will give the best-integrated graphics experience. Ice Lake chips are 11 processors with 4-cores and 8-threads, in a choice of 9W, 15W, or 28W, with base frequencies beginning at 700MHz climbing to 2.3GHz, and graphics frequencies at around 1GHz with 32, 48, and 64 EUs performance.

The Surface Laptop 3 13.5" & 15" - Rear & Front View
10th Gen Surface Laptop 3

Intel is still offering i3, i5, and i7 processors, and each Ice Lake model number is prefixed with a 10 to indicate it is a 10th-generation. Then there are the G1, G4, and G7 suffixes describing the tier of graphics performance (both G4 and G7 tiers are under Intel’s Iris Plus brand). Add to this that Intel have officially scrapped the U and Y series labels for tablets and notebooks, using instead the 4th digit of the model number to indicate the power tier, e.g. 5 is a U series chip and 0 is a Y series.

Front open view Dell XPS 7390
10th Gen Dell XPS 13 7390

Now we have Intel’s 10th-gen chips there is a mix of 14nm and new 10nm products on the market, as well as AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx also in the game, and Intel’s new model number scheme. It’s getting a little confusing generally.

New Laptops such as the Dell XPS 13 7390 and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 feature different CPU’s so which is better!

Compare CPU’s on 10th Gen… Dell XPS 13 vs. Surface Laptop 3:

Both laptops have i7 10th Gen CPUs, but the XPS 13 7390 has Intel UHD graphics, whereas the Surface Laptop 3 13″ has Intel Iris Plus G7 graphics. Once you know how to read these new model numbers, it’s easy to determine just what’s inside a device, which makes it easier to decide if it’s the right one for you!

10th Gen CPUs Naming Explained

For more information about the Dell XPS 13 7390 or the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13.5″, as well as the full range of 10th Gen CPU enabled laptops we offer, get in touch with our Sales Team on 01 485 3026 or email sales@hardsoft.ie