You must have heard about the generations when you go to buy a new or old computer. If not then your should be aware about this. Lets find out about the Processor or CPU generations. Lets understand it in simple words.

Computer / Processor generations

What is Generation?

Actually generations of a device or technology is based on their architecture. Like we heard about 3G, 4G, 5G for our mobile phones and mobile signals. Actually Computer generation are different then the CPU generation. Practically when we talk about computer generation actually we are talking about the Processor generation and not the actual computer generation. We are already using the 5th generation of computer devices. Processor manufacturer Intel started using Generations for the processor based on their performance increment over time. So Lets know about the Processor generations.

Processor or CPU Generations

Like Intel after releasing their Core i3, i5 and i7 processor series, started the generations based on their performance increment and microarchitecture changes. i3, i5, i7 are just the different CPU type categorized according to the features they provide. And new generation increase performance for every processor type. Because processor is the main part of the computer, so mostly people consider the whole computer as same as the generation of the processor. But how to identify that which generation of the CPU are you using? Let’s find out.

Identify the Intel Processor’s Generation

Intel started its generation from the year 2011 with 1st generation and now in 2021 is is the 11th generation of the intel’s core processors. To know the generation first of all check the processor Model no. or SKU provided on the box. You can also check this by checking the system information in the Windows or Linux. So how to understand the generation of the processor with its Model no.

  1. Find out the 4 or 5 digit code just after the processor identifier (i3, i5, i7).
  2. Take the first digit as the generation of the computer. For 10th generation there are 5 digit code and take the first to digit as ’10’. But intel later change the pattern for 2 digit generation codes.
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Identify Single Digit Processor Generation

Identify Double Digit Intel CPU Generation

Identify the AMD Processor’s Generation

AMD does not named these micro updates as generations instead they advertise as the series, like 5000 series. Their latest release is the 5000 series. Though you can take it as the 5th generation of the AMD processors. In 2017 AMD introduced the Zen architecture for their processors. Later it improvise it and further named them as Zen+, Zen 2 and Zen 3. And brand named processors powered with Zen architecture as the Ryzen and categorized them as Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7. Ryzen 5000 series is the latest series based on Zen 3 architecture.

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Find AMD Ryzen Processor’s Series or generation

Generation of the CPU is also useful to determine that how old is a computer or laptop.

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