If you have a laptop or desktop system running Windows 7 or above, you can check what processor is installed on your system. Simply right-click My Computer and select Properties and you will be given a summary view of the hardware and operating system that is currently set up. The information includes among other things which processor it is you’re running but the processor is mentioned by the name it was sold/marketed by.
The names indicate the series it was a part of but the only identifiable information is likely going to be the name of the processor. What is going to be harder to figure out is which generation the processor is and the information is important for when you’re looking to upgrade a PC or just trying to make sure the one you got has the right hardware. Intel makes it exceptionally easy to figure this out. Here’s how.
Find CPU model
First things first, find out which processor it is your have. Right-click My Computer or if you’re on Windows 8 or 10, right-click This PC and select Properties from the context menu. The following Control Panel window will open. Under the System section, look for which processor you have. You can tell at a glance that it is a Core i5 and that name is the only familiar information to you at this point. To find out which generation it is, look at its serial code. In the image below, it is 2430M. This serial code will be used to identify what generation your processor is.
An alternate method to get the model number is to open the Task Manager and go to the Performance tab. Select CPU in the column on the left, and at the top right you will see the CPU model.
Core Processor generation
If you have a fairly new processor, all you need to do is look at the model number. The first digit will tell you what generation it is.
The 6700HQ model is a 6th generation. This holds true for models that have four digit model numbers. If you have a five digit model number, the first two digits will tell you what the generation is e.g., 10310Y is a tenth generation processor.
An alternative method is to go to Intel’s website and look for the code. The fastest way to find it is by using the find function in your browser.
If your processor is exceptionally old and has been discontinued, you won’t find it on this page. To find out what generation a discontinued processor was, simply search for the name with its code on Intel’s website. You will be able to see a more detailed list of processors, both supported and discontinued ones, with their respective codes. The processors will be sorted by generation and you can search for your one via its code.