Intel
IntelBX80684I59400F

2 Cores, 2 Threads @2.9 GHz, Ivy Bridge.
Release date ≤ Q1 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 45,413 user samples
7,610 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 39% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 2.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 26% Base clock 2.9 GHz
Poor: 26% Great: 39%
SPEED RANK: 605th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 36%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 44%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 16%
Surfboard
37,803 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 2.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 52nd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
35.9 % 82.5 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+130%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
73.5 Pts 121 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+65%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
138 Pts 238 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+72%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
141 Pts 465 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+230%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
144 Pts 664 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+361%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
79.4 Pts 126 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+59%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
158 Pts 248 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+57%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
158 Pts 490 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
+210%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
158 Pts 713 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+351%
Market Share
Based on 22,511,722 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 1.08 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,600%
Value
Value For Money
48.7 % 97.9 % Hugely better value.
+101%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 184 % Hugely more popular.
+247%
Price
Price (score)
$92 Much cheaper.
+38%
$150
Age
Newest
70+ Months 10 Months Hugely more recent.
+86%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
158 Pts 717 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+354%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
143 Pts 673 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+371%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'13 Q1'19
Cache
Cache
3 MB SmartCache 9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2 Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI 8 GT/s DMI3
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
2011C PCG 2015C (65W)
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 128 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3 1333 DDR4-2666
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
21 GB/s 41.6 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported
ECC Memory Supported ‡
Yes No
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
No 2.0
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
No Yes
AES New Instructions
Intel® AES New Instructions
No Yes
Secure Key
Secure Key
No Yes
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
2.0 3.0
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 & 2x4 Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4

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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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