IntelBX80646I74790K
IntelBX80684I58400

4 Cores, 8 Threads @4.0GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q2 2014.

6 Cores, 6 Threads @2.8GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 197,202 user samples
156,809 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 69% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 69% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 44th / 1130
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer
40,393 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 80% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.85 GHz (avg)
Poor: 80% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 1130
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
85.1 % 89.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+5%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
121 Pts +3% 117 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
415 Pts 454 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+9%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
631 Pts 657 Pts +4%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
135 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+10%
123 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
503 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+5%
477 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
719 Pts +2% 705 Pts
Market Share
Based on 11,594,309 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.68 % Higher market share.
+24%
1.35 %
Value
Value For Money
78.3 % 103 % Much better value.
+32%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
93 % 112 % More popular.
+20%
Price
Price (score)
$365 $197 Much cheaper.
+46%
Age
Newest
52 Months 12 Months Much more recent.
+77%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
88 Watts 65 Watts More energy efficient.
+26%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads Much higher thread count.
+33%
6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
4 GHz Much faster base frequency.
+43%
2.8 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.4 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+10%
4 GHz
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
136 Pts Slightly faster single-core int speed.
+14%
119 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
137 Pts Slightly faster single-core fp speed.
+7%
128 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
508 Pts Slightly faster quad-core int speed.
+10%
460 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
506 Pts +1% 499 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
683 Pts +1% 675 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
732 Pts 740 Pts +1%
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1150 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 4600 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q2'14 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
8 MB SmartCache 9 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$339.00 - $350.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI2 8 GT/s DMI3
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2013D PCG 2015C (65W)
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V DDR4-2666
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.25 GHz 1.05 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
2 GB 64 GB
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading 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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