Shortly after the Intel processor with the unusual name Core Ultra 5 1003H was discovered in the Ashes of the Singularity gaming test database, a company official confirmed that a change in approach to labeling consumer processor models was planned.
Bernard Fernandes, Intel’s head of international communications, confirmed rumors on his Twitter page that the company was changing the naming scheme of its consumer processors. Apparently, instead of the names Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 for its consumer processors, the manufacturer will sometimes use the names Core 3, Core 5, Core 7 and Core 9 with Ultra inscription.
An Intel spokesman did not explain whether these changes affect desktop chip models or only mobile processors. He also didn’t say exactly when these changes will be rolled out, but he did mention Meteor Lake chips – their presentation is expected later this year. The company is expected to release updated models of Raptor Lake desktop processors before the release of Meteor Lake processors in the second half of this year. Some are speculating that they will become part of the Meteor Lake series as the manufacturer initially attempts to release Meteor Lake mobile processors.
“Yes, we are making branding changes as we are at a turning point in our roadmap to launch Meteor Lake processors. We will provide more information on these changes in the coming weeks.”said Bernard Fernandez.
According to network whistleblowers, under the new naming scheme, the Ultra prefix in processor names can be used only for completely new chip models, and not for updated models of the same Raptor Lake. Portal VideoCardz suggested how the names of mobile processors Intel Core Mobile H.
- Core i9-1XX00H → Core (Ultra) 9 1X0XH;
- Core i7-1XX00H → Core (Ultra) 7 1X0XH;
- Core i5-1XX00H → Core (Ultra) 5 1X0XH;
It should be noted that not only Intel decided to change the approach to the names of their processors. AMD did this last year. As a result, the latest Ryzen 7000 series of processors included models based on three Zen computing architectures and two RDNA graphics architectures, which actually only confuses the buyer even more.