Average Bench: 84.1% (97th of 1305)

Based on 246,199 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EA Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz

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]

Poor: 69%Average: 84.1% Great: 90%
Gaming
Gaming 84%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-8400 averaged just 15.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-8400 near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 88.2Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 114Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-8400 is 20.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-8400 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 614Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 605Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 246,199 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.6 Memory 88.2 95
97.9 1-Core 114 121
194 2-Core 225 239
82.5% 142 Pts
Min Avg Max
343 4-Core 436 470
425 8-Core 605 682
67.7% 521 Pts
Min Avg Max
446 64-Core 614 686
41.2% 614 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.4
1-Core 117
2-Core 237
86% 149 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 649
72% 555 Pts
64-Core 634
43% 634 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.9
1-Core 120
2-Core 235
88% 150 Pts
4-Core 442
8-Core 624
69% 533 Pts
64-Core 611
41% 611 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.8
1-Core 114
2-Core 226
84% 144 Pts
4-Core 454
8-Core 642
71% 548 Pts
64-Core 542
36% 542 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.1
1-Core 115
2-Core 231
84% 145 Pts
4-Core 462
8-Core 621
71% 541 Pts
64-Core 671
45% 671 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 82.8
1-Core 113
2-Core 222
80% 139 Pts
4-Core 436
8-Core 527
64% 482 Pts
64-Core 550
37% 550 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Oct '17
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Gaming
Gaming 47%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI B360M BAZOOKA (MS-7B24)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $419

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-8400 Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch DateQ4'17
Processor Numberi5-8400
# of Cores6
# of Threads6
Cache9 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed2.80 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.00 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.05 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

8th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent

1 month ago.

It's my CPU for moment. It works fine.


Good

11 days ago.

better deals with ryzen cpu´s


Good

13 days ago.

It performs great with everything


Excellent

6 months ago.

good performance with multiple tasks


Excellent

1 month ago.

It's the best Intel performer for the money, also it's definitely doing a decent job as a gaming and also as video editing/rendering CPU.


Terrible

4 months ago.

Great value for money. No bottleneck in current game titles


Terrible

22 months ago.

Bang for your buck performance!


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Monster CPU for budget gamers.


Excellent

12 months ago.

I use it and its really reliable and good.


Poor

20 months ago.

when gaming cpu is at 80% average....on the other side ryzen 5 2600 has 30% average


Excellent

18 months ago.

best budget i5 for games


Excellent

16 months ago.

Decent gaming performance back when Coffee Lake was released. Was my all time favorite CPU as this CPU comes with 6 core and 6 thread at 2.8GHz base clock and 4.0GHz boost clock which is decent enough for every users.


Good

2 years ago.

i dont get why people dont talk about this cpu as much, looks worth the money


Poor

2 years ago.

너무 비싸


Good

9 months ago.

I was able to buy this cpu at a heavy discount off a friend who upgraded, this chip surprised me with how well it preformed!


Excellent

2 years ago.

This cpu is great with that price and six core perfomance


Excellent

2 years ago.

It's very very decent cpu I've bought. Love it!


Excellent

17 months ago.

Love it. Great CPU


Good

2 years ago.

Great budget CPU, in terms of quality and price, this is great to use and have, even if you plan to upgrade later, this could be the last thing to upgrade


Excellent

6 months ago.

still worth it at 2020 ,


Excellent

3 years ago.

Nice 6 cores for good price.


Excellent

3 years ago.

PUBG 80 FPS ULTRA Using 40 ~60 % CPU And my 1070 at 98~100% hehehe Monster CPU


Good

2 years ago.

Good value, good combination of single/multi-core performance. Latest Intel chipset provides path for future upgrades.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Bang for buck with games.


Excellent

2 years ago.

It cheap and will give you opportunity to get higher level


Excellent

21 months ago.

Can "overclock" it oldschool by raising bclk. Asus ROG strix z370f motherboard. 4.15Ghz is maximum though.


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