IntelBX80684I59400F
AMD100-100000022BOX

6 Cores, 6 Threads @2.9GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q1 2019.

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6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 63,278 user samples
39,653 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 51st / 1203
Gaming
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat
23,625 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 82% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 1.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 82% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 21st / 1203
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
82.6 % 91.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
120 Pts 135 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+12%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
238 Pts 266 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+12%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
466 Pts 508 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+9%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
660 Pts 833 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+26%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
126 Pts 141 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+12%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
248 Pts 279 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+12%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
490 Pts 549 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+12%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
714 Pts 899 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+26%
Market Share
Based on 22,360,284 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.06 % Higher market share.
+15%
0.92 %
Value
Value For Money
98.7 % +4% 94.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
182 % Much more popular.
+67%
109 %
Price
Price (score)
$145 Much cheaper.
+41%
$245
Age
Newest
10 Months 4 Months Much more recent.
+60%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
2.9 GHz 3.8 GHz Much faster base frequency.
+31%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.1 GHz 4.4 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+7%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
718 Pts 1128 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+57%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
668 Pts 1078 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+61%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None None
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Intel’s Core i5-9400F is a hex-core 9th generation Coffee Lake desktop processor. It features base / boost clocks of 2.9 / 4.1 GHz, 9 MB of cache, a 65W TDP and it ships with a cooler but it does not have integrated graphics like the “non-F” variants. Although the 9400F is compatible with the enthusiast grade Z390 chipset it is normally paired with a better value for money B360 motherboard. At its launch the i5-9400F retailed for $180 but prices have dropped to the point ($135) that it now represents an excellent value proposition to gamers. Comparing the i5-9400F to the Ryzen 3600 shows that the 3600 is 8% better for quad-core processing but it costs 40% ($50) more than the 9400F. Ordinarily higher quad-core performance would result in better gaming but the Ryzen 3000 memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency. Gamers can invest the $50 savings in a better GPU, for example by upgrading from an AMD RX 570 to an RX 580. Since the GPU makes the most difference to gaming, the end result is a system which offers far superior real world gaming performance for similar money. For those gamers who demand the best of the best, it is necessary to jump to one of the higher frequency SKUs such as the 9600K but for everyone else the i5-9400F offers unparalleled value. [Aug '19 CPUPro]

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Early Q3 of 2019 sees the release of the new Ryzen 5 3600X: a hex-core, 12-thread processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which delivers approximately 13% better IPC than the previous 12nm Zen+. For workstation builds the 3600X is viable, however, the $200 USD Ryzen 5 3600 represents a far better value proposition. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X basically buys a better cooler (Spire vs Stealth). This allows for an extra 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz on the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. Neither of the stock coolers on the 3600 or 3600X are as effective as a $20 USD aftermarket cooler such as the Gammaxx 400. The 3600 with a Gammaxx 400 outperforms the 3600X with a Spire cooler and when both use a Gammaxx 400 they are more or less identical. The 3600X SKU is basically a marketing gimmick designed to milk unsuspecting consumers. Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600X has 29% faster 64-core speed, it is around 11% worse for gaming (sub eight core performance). Additionally, the 3600X's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which can also impact gaming. The arrival of Zen 2 marks the end of the "Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K)" era, Intel can no longer rely exclusively on their single-core advantage to dominate the market, they must also compete on price. [Jul '19 CPUPro]

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We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical gamers and desktop users. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]

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