Generation of any hardware indicates how old or new it is. The newer the generation, the better the hardware, usually. Any hardware you use improves over a generation because of improvements in technology, better manufacturing, and various other factors.
But, what is generation in laptop? Every popular laptop model refreshes every year, and the new product is improved over the last one. The newer model will be the “latest” or “new” generation of laptops. Although the improvement over a generation is not always true, in some cases, a new generation of laptops may perform worse than the older generation. Hence, it becomes essential to know how to check laptop generation.
How to Check Processor Generation
In most cases, with a newer generation of laptops, laptop processors used inside are also of a newer generation. You will find a lot a laptops and desktops currently selling the 11th gen processor compared to the 10th gen processor that is found in budget gaming laptops. The following paragraphs will show you how to check processor generation.
Method 1: Via PC properties
This is the simplest way to check the properties of their processor or laptop, including the generation of the processor. If you are running Windows 7 or above, you can use this method to identify the generation of a laptop easily.
Follow these steps to find out the generation of your laptop processor.
- Right Click on “My Computer” or “This PC” (On Windows 10 and 11) and click on the “Properties.”
- A new window will open where you will see information like your laptop’s processor, RAM installed, and other Windows OS-related information.
Identifying the generation of laptop processors is fairly easy. If you have an Intel processor, it will be something like: Intel Core i7-11600H.
The starting digits denote the generation of your processor after the i7 or i5, or i3. In this case, Core i7-11600H, 11 denotes that the Intel processor is of the 11th generation.
For AMD, your processor will be shown something like: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H. The generation of processor is denoted by the first digit after the Ryzen 7 or 5 or 9 or 3. In this case, Ryzen 7 4800H, 4 denotes the generation of the AMD processors. But in the case of AMD, it is more of 4000 series than 4th gen, but both mean the same in a sense.
Method 2: Via Task Manager
Another method to identify your laptop processor generation is Task Manager’s help. You can access the Task Manager in two ways.
- You can right-click on the Taskbar and click on Task Manager in the displayed options.
- Another option is to press CTRL + ALT + DELETE. This will open up a window in which you will see Task Manager. Click on that to access the Task Manager window.
- On the task manager window, click on ‘performance.’
After clicking on performance, you will find the processor’s details in the top right corner. The details will mention the generation and the clock speed of the processor.
Method 3: Via Command Prompt
The third method is a little complicated, but it will show all the details in the form of a log. To identify your laptop processor and its generation, follow these steps.
- Search for Command Prompt from the Start tab or search for it in the list of programs.
- When you find the Command Prompt, click on it, which will open up the command prompt window.
- Type this to get the processor information
wmic cpu get name
Typing this in will display the name of your processor in text format. You can identify the processor generation with the same method given above. It will also mention your processor’s maximum clock speed and the current clock speed.
The above 3 methods can be used to check the generation of your laptop processor. All of them are pretty simple to use and will provide you with the exact processor specifications. If you have any doubts related to the topic, please use the contact form below.