What is a CPU generation?

FAQ

What is a CPU generation?

The processor and chipset’s capabilities are often defined by the CPU’s generation (i.e. 9th Gen, or 10th Gen). The generation of the CPU can impact supported features such as I/O options, network connectivity, and compatibility with the latest hardware. Prioritizing the newest generation of processors ensures that you can take advantage of all the latest features and hardware support in your system. Click here to learn more about the latest generation of laptops and desktops, as well as the new technologies they support.

What is the Intel® Core™ X-Series?

The X-series has the highest core counts of the Intel® Core™ family. These CPUs are designed primarily for advanced creator workflows, and may not be practical for the average gaming build. The Intel® Core™ i9-10920X X-Series CPU, for example, has 12 cores and 24 threads.

How can I ensure that my CPU can play the latest games?

Make sure it meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for the games you want to play. Demanding AAA PC titles will benefit from an Intel® Core™ i7 or Intel® Core™ i9 processor, on either a laptop or desktop.

What CPU do I need to run games at higher FPS?

Maintaining consistent frame rates beyond 60 frames per second requires a processor with sufficient performance capabilities. This will vary from game to game. Benchmarks will give you a good indication of the processor you need.

Will my CPU work with my HDR or 4K gaming monitor?

That depends. Hardware requirements for HDR video output are relatively modest. All 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and later have built-in support HDR monitors. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the hardware requirements for running games at higher frame rates increase with higher resolution monitors.

What CPU do I need to stream gameplay?

For ideal results, a machine running an Intel® Core™ i7 processor or better with at least 8GB of RAM is sufficient for playing games and streaming at the same time. If you’re hoping for less impact on your gaming performance, an Intel® Core™ i9 processor makes for an even smoother experience. Find out more.