Burning Question: How do I know if I have a 6th Gen Intel CPU for Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.0)?

Burning Question: How do I know if I have a 6th Gen Intel CPU for Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.0)?
This article is solely intended to help you determine whether your computer meets the system requirements for Premiere Pro 2019. There are no claims that installing Premiere Pro CC 2019 on an older computer will hurt it in any way.

The minimum system requirements for Premiere Pro CC and Media Encoder CC both require “Intel® 6th Gen or newer CPU”. This Intel processor, codenamed Skylake, was released in August 2015 and is known as 6th Generation Core. If your computer is newer than August 2015, it's likely that your Intel Processor is 6th Gen.

The 7th generation Core CPU architecture, codenamed Kaby Lake, and was just an upgrade to the 6th Gen, with more power and speed. 8th Gen CPU Architecture, aka Coffee Lake, was released in October 2017. 9th Gen was announced earlier this month. See Intel Announces World’s Best Gaming Processor: New 9th Gen Intel Core I9-9900k.

How to Identify Your Intel Processor Generation on Windows

It's pretty spelled out in your System information. Look under your system summary and it will say Processor with the value of your processor. You want to look at the first number after i7, i5, or i3.

A few examples:

  • Intel Core Processor i9-9900K Processor is 9th generation because the number 9 follows i7.
  • Intel Core Processor i7-85600U Processor is 8th generation because the number 8 follows i7.
  • Intel Core Processor i7-7500U Processor is 7th generation because the number 7 follows i7.
  • Intel Core Processor i7-4770K Processor is 4th generation because the number 4 follows i3.

If you need further instruction, Intel spells it out nicely on their website:

How to Identify Your Intel Processor Generation on Mac

For Mac, it's tough to determine from looking at the System Report, which will only tell you which type you have, not which generation. You'll need to know the model of your Mac and when it was manufactured. Then, you can look it up at EveryMac.com. My Mac is an iMac Intel Core i7 4.0 27-Inch Aluminum (Retina 5K, Late 2015) and when I looked it up on EveryMac.com, it showed that it is indeed Skylake, so I can indeed run the newest Premiere Pro and Media Encoder releases!

my imac stats

What's interesting is that the last release didn't state which generation was required, however, the requirements for VR in Premiere Pro only required an Intel i5-4590, and still does for this release.

Related links

How To Choose A Processor For Video Editing – Punch Technology gives you some great information if you're in the market for a new machine.

Do I Need Lots of Cores or a Faster CPU Clock Speed? – Create Pro answers this question.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki