IntelBX80662I56500
IntelBX80684I58400

4 Cores, 4 Threads
@3.2GHz Skylake (2015)

6 Cores, 6 Threads
@2.8GHz Coffee Lake (2017)

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 54,796 user samples
50,474 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 80% Base clock 2.3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 56% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 56% Great: 80%
SPEED RANK: 93rd / 985
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat
4,322 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 87% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 1.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 87% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 985
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 68%
Battle cruiser
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
72.4 % 92.6 % Faster effective speed.
+28%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
99.6 Pts 120 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+20%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
375 Pts 472 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+26%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
386 Pts 689 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
+78%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
112 Pts 126 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+12%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
415 Pts 489 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+18%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
419 Pts 725 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+73%
Market Share
Based on 7,391,669 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.89 % Hugely higher market share.
+82%
0.49 %
Value
Value For Money
84.2 % 111 % Much better value.
+32%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
82 % 112 % Much more popular.
+37%
Price
Price (score)
$195 $179 Slightly cheaper.
+8%
Age
Newest
29 Months 4 Months Hugely more recent.
+86%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts 65 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 6 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.2 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+14%
2.8 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 4 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+11%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
108 Pts 122 Pts Slightly faster single-core int speed.
+13%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
115 Pts 129 Pts Slightly faster single-core fp speed.
+12%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
406 Pts 477 Pts Faster quad-core int speed.
+17%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
428 Pts 504 Pts Faster quad-core fp speed.
+18%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
406 Pts 708 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+74%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
430 Pts 750 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+74%
Series
CPU Architecture
Skylake (2015) Coffee Lake (2017)
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 530 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'15 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
6 MB SmartCache 9 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
Yes No
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$192.00 - $202.00 N/A
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V DDR4-2666
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
Yes No
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro™ Technology ‡
Yes No
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4

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The i5-8400 is a competitively priced hex-core processor from Intel’s 8th generation of Core processors (Coffee Lake). Along with the release of the unlocked i5-8600K, this is the first time that six-core processors have featured in the i5 line-up. Like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8400 is based upon an improved version of Intel’s 14nm architecture which featured in both Skylake and Kaby Lake. Early benchmarks reveal that for average quad core usage (most games employ a maximum of four cores) the i5-8400 performs way above its pay grade. It achieves quad core mixed speeds close to Intel’s outgoing 2017 flagship the $300, quad-core, 8 thread i7-7700k, which to date has been a strong favourite for high-end gaming setups. On paper, the i5-8400 has a base clock of 2.8 GHz (Intel are significantly downplaying the performance of this SKU by giving it a relatively low nominal base clock), an all core boost of 3.8 GHz (this is the effective base clock figure that counts) and a single core boost of 4 GHz. This compares reasonably well to the i5-8600K which has a base clock of 3.6 GHz, all core boost of 4.1 GHz and a single core boost of 4.3 GHz. The i5-8400 also features 9MB of L3 cache and an energy-thrifty TDP of 65W. Priced at under $190, the i5-8400 offers fantastic value for money. Unfortunately, like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8400 will require a new 300 series motherboard, and at the time of writing, the only available version is Intel’s high-end Z370 which isn't an ideal pairing for the i5-8400. The Z series motherboards are designed to cater for the unlocked and overclockable "K" SKUs. Cheaper 300 series motherboards will be available in 2018 at which time the 8400 will offer even better value for money. [Oct '17 CPUPro]

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