Real World Speed
Performance profile from 129,847 user samples
129,847 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 92% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 77% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 77% Great: 92%
SPEED RANK: 56th / 1271
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
87 % 88.6 % +2%
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
89.8 Pts +3% 87.1 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
118 Pts 130 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+10%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
234 Pts 256 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+10%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
457 Pts 488 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+7%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
649 Pts 765 Pts Faster octa-core speed.
+18%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
95.5 Pts +2% 93.7 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
125 Pts 139 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+11%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
248 Pts 276 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+11%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
488 Pts 542 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+11%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
713 Pts 854 Pts Faster OC octa-core speed.
+20%
Market Share
Based on 34,337,389 CPUs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
217 % More popular.
+11%
196 %
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.3 % 1.45 % Higher market share.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$140 Much cheaper.
+42%
198 USD
Value
Value For Money
105 % Slightly better value.
+5%
100 %
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+31%
85 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 10.2 threads Much higher thread count.
+70%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 12.2 nm Newer manufacturing.
+15%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
2.9 GHz 3.61 GHz Faster base frequency.
+25%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.1 GHz 4.43 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+8%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
714 Pts 1,043 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+46%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
656 Pts 957 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+46%
Age
Newest
20 Months 15.2 Months Much more recent.
+31%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake   —
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151   —
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
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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Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 2020 CPU Rankings.

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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Intel Core i5-9600K $199Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-9400F $140Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i5-10600K $260Nvidia RTX 2070S (Super) $510Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $50
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Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $548SanDisk Extreme 16GB $28
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