IntelBX80684I59400F
AMD100-100000065BOX
$300

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

 $300 

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.7GHz, Zen3.
Release date: Q4 2020.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 159,390 user samples
153,931 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 74% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 74% Great: 92%
SPEED RANK: 58th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship
5,459 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 86% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 86% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1276
Gaming
Gaming 97%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 100%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 91%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
86.8 % 97.2 % Faster effective speed.
+12%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
89.8 Pts +2% 88.3 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
118 Pts 156 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+32%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
234 Pts 306 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+31%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
454 Pts 569 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+25%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
644 Pts 933 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+45%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
95.6 Pts +1% 95.1 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
125 Pts 163 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+30%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
248 Pts 322 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+30%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
487 Pts 636 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+31%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
709 Pts 1000 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+41%
Market Share
Based on 35,899,524 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.25 % Much higher market share.
+30%
0.96 %
Value
Value For Money
104 % Slightly better value.
+9%
95.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
212 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
198 %
Price
Price (score)
$145 Much cheaper.
+52%
$300
Age
Newest
21 Months 0 Months Hugely more recent.
+100%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts 65 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 3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+28%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.1 GHz 4.6 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+12%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
711 Pts 1293 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+82%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
649 Pts 1203 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+85%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen3
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 a 2060S to a 2070S. 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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The Ryzen 5 5600X is both the entry-level and best value for money 5000 series CPU. The 5600X is a hex-core 12 thread processor with a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz boosting to 4.6 GHz. It has 35 MB of cache and a TDP rating of 65W. A cooler is included in the RRP of $300 USD, but cheap after-market coolers (such as the $20 GAMMAXX 400) are far more effective and therefore worth the upgrade. Notably, AMD’s new Zen 3 architecture has vastly improved single-core performance and lower memory latency, which leads to a significant Effective Speed advantage over its predecessor, the 3600X. Last year, AMD were able to win significant market share with their 3000 series CPUs despite carrying a 15% performance deficit against lower priced Intel parts. Now that AMD have achieved top tier performance, their marketing machinery is squarely focused on monetization via price hikes. Users that do not wish to pay “marketing fees” should investigate Intel’s $190 USD i5-9600K, allocating the savings to a higher tier GPU will result in an unquestionably superior gaming PC. [Nov '20 CPUPro]

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We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical 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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