#TechExchange: Understanding The Intel Generation Processors and Badges


When i finally bought a corei7 laptop i felt  like finally I’m the league of of top computing and all i needed now was probably some few more extra Ram upgrades before running a super computer, lest did i know, i was only running a first generation processor.

corei7 1st generation processor sticker

corei7 1st generation processor sticker


Many people have gotten confused about the whole intel generation processors and  everyone really want s to buy the latest computer when funds permit but the truth is even most people who claim to be tech savvy know nothing about generation processors.

If you are still looking for a corei7 laptop badge, well the honest truth is you are still a newbie in the business and most sales guy in Harare do not even care about your computing needs but will give you a machine according to how much more you are willing to pay. Ignorantly you may be lucky to get a latest generation processor.

Most second hand traders and brand new as well in Harare are selling only 3rd to th4th generation corei7 processors, but here is what you need to know you are really worried about the latest processor power you can get from a laptop or desktop processor family.

Every processor generation has its unique identifier, this the easiest way to check what generation processor you are on, even if its a corei7, there is more to it. Intel has released 6 generation processors since it introduced the core i7 series and this is the most important thing. Every  generation processor can beastly identified by the first digit that comes after the processor.

They just used 3 digits instead of 4. So a 960 i7 is a first generation core processor and thus 2700K is a 2nd generation core processor. to get this information on your search bar simply type dxdiag, then enter to run the dxdicd.exe which brings up all the system info,or simply right click my computer icon.

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family Skylake  microarchitecture


Intel processor generation  identification

Intel processor generation identification

Intel different CPU logger badge  signfication



I would have made this whole article a lot simpler and gone straight to the point, if you want the latest computer at least in 2016, all you need to look out for is the new 6th generation processor badge that comes with the laptop and atlas for this one, the badge is much more easier even for dummies to identify.


This is the latest intel processor code named Skylake CPUs and use a new LGA1151 socket that is, of course, incompatible with LGA1150 motherboards used for Haswell and Broadwell for only reason the need for DDR4, as well as a very different power delivery design for Skylake, pretty much mandated it.

Skylake is the 6th generation Core processor microarchitecture, and was launched in August 2015. Being the successor to the Broadwell line, it is a redesign using the same 14 nm manufacturing process technology. However the redesign has better CPU and GPU performance and reduced power consumption. Intel also disabled overclocking non -K processors.

I will not jump into the extra prowess delivered by the Skylake CPUs but know if you are made over processor poor and graphics with hardware accelaration, this is the choice you can simply make with your wallet.

5th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor. (Broadwell microarchitecture-based)




5th gen Intel® Core™ processors pack an incredible new standard of performance that’s versatile enough for the busiest lifestyles, while powerful and secure enough for thriving enterprises. The Intel® Core™ i3, Intel® Core™ i5, and Intel® Core™ i7 processors enable a new wave of innovation with features such as 3D scanning, gesture control, and voice commands. For the enterprise, Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors are designed to meet the mobility and security needs of your business with the ability to display and dock wirelessly without cables, cords, or wires.




4th Generation Processor. (Haswell  microarchitecture-based)



Responsiveness and latest capabilities you expect, and the portability, versatility, and style you want. Notebooks powered by a visibly smart Intel® Core™ processor give you fast access to your favorite apps and files and amazing graphics capabilities for creating media like photo albums and videos or playing a favorite game. With available security technologies like anti-theft and identity protection already built in, it also helps keep your personal information personal. And many models now feature a touch screen for a more engaging experience. That’s the power of Intel Inside®.


3rd Generation Intel 6Ivy Bridge (3rd gen) microarchitecture-based)



2nd Generation Intel Core Processors (5Sandy Bridge (2nd gen) microarchitecture-based)

Because Sandy Bridge (2nd generation) and Ivy Bridge (3rd generation) were very similar (both used lga 1155, and some other things), as Ivy bridge was just a more refined version of Sandy bridge. Because they were so similar and essentially the same chip, they decided to use the same sticker as they were very similar. Therefore 2nd gen and 3rd gen processors share the same sticker because they are similar.

The second generation of core processors by Intel was first introduced in 2011 and it contains about 29 mobile and desktop processors, which were manufactured by Sandy Bridge architecture. This family of processors was based on the 32nm microarchitecture by Intel, and was the first to integrate the processor and memory controller graphics on the same die. The 2nd generation processors include video performing encoding hardware, and a Video HD and 3D stereoscopic content for TV viewing, and support of full streaming HD. The family of Cores contains 1 Core i7 extreme edition, 12 Core i7’s, 12 Core i5’s, 4 Core i3 processors, and several new graphic performance features.




First-generation Intel Core stickers are identified by a peel-back-looking, die-resembling treatment on the upper-right corner.

1st Generation Intel Core Processors ( 4Nehalem microarchitecture-based)

  • 4.1Core i3

    First-generation Intel Core stickers are identified by a peel-back-looking, die-resembling treatment on the upper-right corner

    First-generation Intel Core stickers are identified by a peel-back-looking, die-resembling treatment on the upper-right corner

  • 4.2Core i5
  • 4.3Core i7





In 2010 Intel introduced their three models of Core I processor series. The Core i3 is the low end processor and the lowest. The desktop and mobile versions of these processors have dual core technology and Intel hyper-threading support. The Core i3 do not have the Intel turbo boost support. The Core i5 has both dual and quad processors and Core i5 comes with at least two of its processors the supports the Intel Turbo Boost, graphic designs and Hyper-Threading. The Core i7 are the most powerful processors. It has four processors that support Hyper Threading, and Turbo boost. The mobile C i7 processors have both quad and dual cores. The C i7 is the highest price and most costly processor in the Core family.



Just before the core series we had the Enhanced Pentium M based processors running 

intel core M processors 

To be fair, the Core M isn’t designed to replace Intel’s regular Core Series, which includes the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPU families, nor does it eliminate the need for the company’s low-cost, low-power Atom CPUs. The new platform sits in-between Atom and Core Series processors in terms of price, power and performance, offering faster speeds than the Atom  Z3700 series that powers many budget tablets, but slower marks than a typical Core i3 or Core i5 processor.

With Core M, Intel is not primarily targeting early adopters with expensive tastes (althoughThe new MacBook starts at $1,299).


For the server lines, Broadwell will rule 2016. Skylake comes in 2017.

Intel has three Xeon types. The E3 is for high-end desktops and single socket servers. The E5 is for a wide range of servers, from single to four-socket, both energy efficient and high performance. E5 has probably the broadest range of processors of the family. Finally, the E7 is used in high-end servers with four to eight sockets. The E7 has essentially taken over for the dead-in-the-water Itanium as it has the most mission critical functions of any CPU from Intel.

Then there’s the Xeon Phi, the co-processor used in high performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing. A major refresh of the Phi is in the works.


Intel Core is Intel‘s brand name for various mid-range to high-end home and business microprocessors. These processors displaced the existing mid-to-high end Pentium processors of the time, moving the Pentium to the entry level, and bumping the Celeron series of processors to low end. Identical or more capable versions of Core processors are also sold as Xeon processors for the server and workstation markets.

As of 2016 the current lineup of Core processors included the Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i3, Intel Core m7, Intel Core m5 and Intel Core m3

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