10th Generation CPUs – What’s in a Name?

22nd October 2019
Lady lying on the beach on laptop

Intel launched new model numbers, but how do you read 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.

Front open view Dell XPS 7390
Dell XPS 13 7390

However, most 10th-gen Ice lake CPUs base clock speeds are actually slower than the current 8th-gen Whiskey Lake chips, causing overheating issues when using high-end graphics.

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!

The Surface Laptop 3 13.5" & 15" - Rear & Front View
Microsoft 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. There is just one 28W/8 tier chip, the Core i7-1068G7.

Look at this CPU comparison of a Dell XPS 13 7390 Vs. a 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 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk.