IntelBX80684I59400F
AMD100-100000023BOX

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

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12 Cores, 24 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 63,802 user samples
38,505 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 52nd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
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25,297 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.45 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 86% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 2.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 86% Great: 100%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 95%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 117%
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Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
82.5 % 94.8 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+15%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
120 Pts 137 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+14%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
238 Pts 273 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+15%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
465 Pts 533 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+15%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
664 Pts 1043 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+57%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
126 Pts 146 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+16%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
248 Pts 288 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+16%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
490 Pts 564 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+15%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
713 Pts 1105 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+55%
Market Share
Based on 22,712,895 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.25 % Much higher market share.
+30%
0.96 %
Value
Value For Money
98.6 % Better value.
+22%
81.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
182 % Much more popular.
+53%
119 %
Price
Price (score)
$145 Much cheaper.
+70%
$490
Age
Newest
10 Months 5 Months Much more recent.
+50%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+38%
105 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 12 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 24 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+300%
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 4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+12%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
717 Pts 2286 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+219%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
670 Pts 2132 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+218%
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 welcomes the Ryzen 9 3900X, AMD’s current top of the range, third generation Ryzen flagship which raises the bar for 64-core processing on desktop CPUs. This is AMD’s first Ryzen 9 processor and it is a 12-core, 24-thread CPU based on their latest 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The 3900X has a boost/base clock of 3.8/4.6 GHz, 64 MB of L3 cache (double the L3 on the rest of 3000 series), support for 3200 MHz DDR4 system memory and a TDP of 105W. All this, plus a Wraith Prism cooler, at a very reasonable launch price of $499 USD. By comparison, Intel’s 8-core, 16 thread i9-9900K is available for $479 USD (and requires a cooler: $30+ USD). Benchmarks illustrate that the overclocked 3900X leads by a whopping 41% for 64-core processing but that the 9900K maintains a 10% lead for gaming, desktop and other sub octa-core tasks. The 3900 memory controller is significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations and shows a better write throughput than the lower spec 3000 models, but it still shows relatively high latency which can impact gaming. In terms of 64-core performance at this price point, there is no threat from Intel. The only real competitor is the upcoming (Q4, 2019) 16-core, 32-thread 3950X ($749 USD). The Ryzen 9 3900X is compatible with the new PCIe 4.0 enabled X570 motherboard via an AM4 socket, as well as 400 and 300 series motherboards. [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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