Intel is About to Kill its Traditional CPU Naming Convention

Intel Meteor Lake chip

If you remember, in the past few weeks we had a few leaks where the next-gen CPUs namely the Meteor Lake chips will have a totally different naming scheme like Intel Core Ultra 7 1002H.


Well, it might seem here that Intel has only changed the Prefix I to Ultra and the model number but this does not end here.

Technically, the Meteor Lake chips are the 15th gen CPUs, and giving it a model number that starts from 10 will only lead to confusion for the generations that will follow it. For example, when Arrow Lake will be launched, it will most likely feature model numbers such as 1102H, 1103H, and so on.

But as I said before, this is not the only thing you have to take care of. Intel has officially announced another naming scheme for different tiers of processors.

As reported by Videocardz, Meteor Lake and the future generations will be divided into two categories. One is the Mainstream and the other one is Premium. Under both categories, we have processors denoting the CPU subfamily like 3, 5, 7, and 9 but both categories overlap each other with subfamily 5 and 7.

However, the Mainstream category will feature the brand name as Intel Core processor while the Premium category will feature the brand name as Intel Core Ultra processor. So, even though both categories will feature sub-family 5 and 7 CPUs, their identity is linked with how they are branded.

So, not only Intel has a confusing naming convention with respect to understanding the processor generation but it also has confusing CPU categories.

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