Intel has confirmed previous reports that their upcoming processors will be given a new name. This means that in the future, Intel CPUs will no longer be referred to as i3, i5, i7, and i9 as they have been in the past.
The change in naming practice will begin with the next generation of processors, known as Meteor Lake. Instead of using the previous naming scheme, the processors will be labeled as Core 3, Core 5, Core 7, and Core 9.
Intel stated that the new names are a response to user feedback, but they did not provide specific details about what prompted the change.
According to a report by Engadget, high-end processors will now receive an additional “Ultra” designation in front of their name. This means that, for example, a processor may be named Intel Core Ultra 9. The generation designations will still be included after the name, and a higher number will indicate a faster CPU.
The changes in naming will be reflected in all aspects, including the stickers that indicate the processors. However, the exact timing of Intel’s presentation for the Meteor Lake series processors is not currently known. There are suggestions that it could potentially occur sometime this year.