1985 is an important year for Intel and the computer industry. It was this year that the Santa Clara giant, responsible for creating what became known as the micro processor, launched the 386 , the first 32-bit processor, quite a leap considering the company’s own achievement in 1982 with the 286, first 16-bit chip. With the 386 Intel popularized a form of commercial classification of its chips that is still maintained today, the use of alphabetic suffixes at the end of the processor name.
In the 386 era, it had the 386 itself, a more modest version, the 386SX, a sturdier server and workstation version, the 386DX, and even a notebook variant, the i386SL, released in October. 1990. This was the first chip specifically targeted at portable computers. Below is an image of an announcement of the era of the Dell 325 NC notebook, this model featured the i386 SL processor. In this article we show the differences between the main suffixes used in Intel processors, this will make it easier for you to choose a notebook and This brief comparison chart about intel notebook processors.
With these suffixes, Intel was able to deliver a rating that made it easier for consumers and the press to distinguish the practical focus of each. This tradition holds true for both desktop and portable processors. It is common to find people on the internet putting all Core i7 or Core i5 in the same bag, for example, as if only the Core i7 or i5 seal sums up the power of the processor, and this is completely wrong. Beyond the issue of processor generations is this suffix point, which determines which audience it is intended for.
In this article we list the Intel processor suffixes currently found for notebooks and other notebooks. With this information you will have the knowledge you need when purchasing a new Intel-based notebook.
Before we get down to what each letter that comes with some Intel processors you need to understand the overall composition of the processor name – as I said above is not because it is Core i7 that all chips with this seal are the same. I will stick to this article the Core i family that is the most famous in the market and this line you will find the main notebooks sold today.
After its classification – Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 – the first (if it is a 10th generation Core chip are the first two) that makes up the name of the processor refers to its generation. Below I put two images of notebooks that can be found in the Brazilian market, the Acer Aspire 3 A315-53-333H , and the Samsung Odyssey . In the case of the Acer model the processor that equips it is the Core i3-7020U, while in the Samsung model the processor is the Core i7-770HQ.
I know the comparison between them is absurd, since the Acer model is a standard configuration notebook, aimed at everyday use, while the Samsung model brings a configuration and adjustments of a product intended for the gamer audience, but citing this abyssal difference was purposeful. Both have seventh generation processor, note the number 7 that starts the name of each of the chips. There is also the question of one Core i3 being the other being Core i7, and the final detail, the suffix.
The Acer model carries the suffix U while the Samsung suffix the HQ. The U suffix on Intel processors indicates that it is a processor that does not deliver such high performance, while its energy consumption is low. In the case of the HQ indicates that processor is a high-performance quad-core, suitable for gaming machines, for example.
You may also come across the following scenario. Two notebooks in the same processor family – Core i5, for example, that are from the same generation, but have this variation in the suffix. It will be just the suffix that will clear the way for you, a way to understand the practical behavior of that processor.
Below is the full list of suffixes you may find on Intel-based notebooks today:
• G – This is the latest letter Intel has adopted in its mobile processors. It indicates the graphics power that chip can offer compared to another model on the same line. For example, the Core i7-1065 G7 uses the suffix G7, this indicates that it delivers better graphics performance when compared to Core i5-1035G4 and Core i5-1035G1.
• H – This is Intel’s indication for high performance mobile processors. Chips accompanied by this letter are committed to delivering more performance than energy efficiency. There are also variations HK and HQ which we will comment below.
• HK – OK that complements the meaning of H we saw above has the same indication as desktop processors that also receive this letter. OK in the Intel chip universe means that the multiplier is unlocked, allowing for greater overclocking potential. So for mobile devices, HK represents high performance chips that also offer this greater freedom for those who want to venture into the art of overclocking.
• HQ – HQ suffixed mobile processors also deliver high performance chips, but unlike HK, there is no unlocked multiplier.
• U – This is the suffix that dominates most Intel notebook processors. If you are looking for an input or intermediate notebook you will surely come across a processor that uses this suffix. Processors rated in this way ensure good energy efficiency, even more so if you can afford a newer-generation processor notebook. In the case of notebooks, besides the inclusion of new technologies, the generation changeover also represents an interesting jump in energy consumption.
• Y – Y- suffixed Intel processors represent the best that the company can offer in terms of energy efficiency. Processors in this category are very commonly applied to hybrids (2 in 1).