Intel® Core™ Processors

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Intel Processors

The processor is the engine behind your computer processing critical information and instructions.

The speed at which your system runs programs, loads pages, and downloads files depends in part on the processor. Bandwidth, clock speed, and the number of cores in the processor all help determine processor performance.

Which Processor Do I Need?

Processor Intel® Core™ i3 Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i7 Intel® Core™ i9
Internet Browsing & Productivity Application Performance ✓✓ ✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓
Document Creation ✓✓ ✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓
Video Editing ✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓
Gaming ✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓
What it's Great for Value-priced for home-related tasks: internet browsing and watching videos. Everyday Tasks: Document creation, productivity applications like Microsoft Office and basic gaming. Business and/or home-related computer tasks: High-definition gaming, video editing, high-end content creation and development. AAA Gaming and Development. Amazing mobile performance, uncompromising gaming and VR, and next-level content creation.


The Intel® Core™ processor family spans several generations of processor upgrades. There are three basic family generations of note. Usually, the greater the number, the later the generation. For example, 12th gen is newer than 11th gen and 10th gen. These correspond to improvements in process technology and features to allow for more sophisticated applications, such as virtual reality, gaming and office productivity.

In addition to generations, processors can also be categorized by Intel® Core™. Though there are multiple options within each category, there are four basic groups.

Intel® Core™ i3, for entry-level performance
Intel® Core™ i5, for mid-level performance
Intel® Core™ i7, for high-level performance
Intel® Core™ i9, for highest-level performance
Clock speed, measured in megahertz (MHz) and gigahertz (GHz), represents how fast a processor moves. It's calculated by the number of clock cycles managed per second.
CPU Cache stores frequently used data and instructions close to your Processor for quicker access.
  • B – Ball Grid Array (BGA)
  • C – Desktop processor based on the LGA 1150 package with high performance graphics
  • G1-G7 – Graphics level (processors with new integrated graphics technology only)
  • E – Embedded
  • F – Requires discrete graphics
  • G – Includes discrete graphics on package
  • H – High performance optimized for mobile
  • performance graphics
  • HK – High performance optimized for mobile, unlocked
  • HQ – High performance optimized for mobile, quad core
  • K – Unlocked
  • M – Mobile
  • Q – Quad-core
  • R – Desktop processor based on BGA1364 (mobile) package with high performance graphics
  • S – Performance-optimized lifestyle, special edition
  • T – Power-optimized lifestyle
  • U – Ultra-low power, mobile power efficient
  • X/XE – Extreme edition, unlocked, high end
  • Y – Extremely low power
Intel Xe

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics — Game On!

New Intel® Iris® Xe graphics offer discrete-level graphics performance in sleeker, thinner, and lighter laptops. 

Intel® Iris® Xe graphics also deliver brilliant visuals with support for billions of colors, HDR10, Dolby Atmos sound, and long playback of Dolby Vision-enabled content with hardware acceleration, an industry first.

Not only can you play top games in up to 1080p at 30 fps or more and enjoy an amazingly immersive entertainment experience, but 11th & 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics also enable you to complete creative projects with blazing speed powered by unique hardware accelerated AI, all in a sleek, thin & light laptop with leading performance — whether plugged-in or unplugged.

Intel EVO Logo

Meet the Intel® Evo™ Platform

At the heart of the Intel® Evo™ platform is the 11th generation Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics.

However, the Intel Evo brand signifies much more:

  • It means the laptop has undergone deep co-engineering efforts between Dell and Intel.
  • It means rigorous testing to ensure a premium standard of performance on size, weight, performance, connectivity, and user interactivity.
  • It means you get a verified extraordinary experience anywhere you go.

Intel® Core™ Processors