Average Bench: 87% (56th of 1265)

Based on 133,618 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000906EA, BFEBFBFF000906ED Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9400F CPU @ 2.90GHz

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]

Poor: 76%Average: 87% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 12.9% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-9400F near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 90Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 118Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9400F is just 16.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-9400F performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 653Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 646Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 133,618 samples)
Min Avg Max
79.9 Memory 90 95.5
104 1-Core 118 125
201 2-Core 234 248
85.3% 147 Pts
Min Avg Max
366 4-Core 456 487
489 8-Core 646 713
71.4% 551 Pts
Min Avg Max
526 64-Core 653 712
43.8% 653 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 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.8
1-Core 122
2-Core 241
89% 153 Pts
4-Core 488
8-Core 712
77% 600 Pts
64-Core 716
48% 716 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.1
1-Core 119
2-Core 239
87% 150 Pts
4-Core 476
8-Core 693
76% 585 Pts
64-Core 695
47% 695 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.5
1-Core 120
2-Core 239
87% 151 Pts
4-Core 472
8-Core 676
74% 574 Pts
64-Core 678
46% 678 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.3
1-Core 116
2-Core 220
84% 143 Pts
4-Core 461
8-Core 608
70% 535 Pts
64-Core 606
41% 606 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.7
1-Core 120
2-Core 231
83% 144 Pts
4-Core 433
8-Core 534
64% 483 Pts
64-Core 531
36% 531 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,633,575 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $182 @ launch in Feb '19
AmazonUS $14025 mins
EbayUS $1443 mins
BHPhotoUS $1651 month
OutletPCUS $17015 days
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Typical Core i5-9400F Builds (Compare 2,764 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 55%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 46%
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System: Cyberpowerpc C SERIES

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $389

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-9400F Processor
Launch DateQ1'19
Processor Numberi5-9400F
# of Cores6
# of Threads6
Cache9 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Clock Speed2.90 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.10 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)
Description“engineering new protections into hardware”

Memory

Max Memory Size128 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-2666
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth41.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 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
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1151

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

9th generation Coffee Lake processor...

Added 13 months ago.

Excellent

2 days ago.

cheap but has high performance, enough for video editing and gaming.


Poor

30 mins ago.

this si better then ryszen 5 3600


Excellent

3 days ago.

fast


Good

5 days ago.

best price per performace option


Good

2 month ago.

great performance for low price


Good

1 month ago.

every game i play is like playing a power point and its ridiculous


Good

1 month ago.

I use him with a 2070s. No problem with any. I run games in 144hz 1440p.


Poor

4 hrs ago.

Better than any Ryzen 3 that can almost beat Ryzen 5 3600 despite having 6 less threads


Excellent

13 days ago.

my Ryzen 5 2600x outperforms this one in real world, not sure why the stats are waaay off on here


Good

1 month ago.

It's giving a good performance at a good price


Poor

24 days ago.

better overall , only issue is multitasking


Excellent

3 days ago.

It is very powerful and has a good price


Poor

2 months ago.

Intel cpu security flaws and exploits


Good

13 months ago.


Good

1 month ago.

Over 10% bottleneck with the rtx 2060s but over all it's pretty good


Excellent

21 days ago.

— I switched to Ryzen 3600 and it feels much better multi-tasking, without stuttering or drops of performance. Don't care about 5 FPS drop in games where I already had +150 FPS on EPIC settings if compared to intel. Ryzen all the WAY!


Excellent

2 months ago.

its just what i need, i can play overwatch on 150 fps on low settings and its all good if your playing overwatch only ( without google on or anything like that )


Good

1 month ago.

Nice performance and value for money CPU (Y)


Poor

2 months ago.

pro ands cons of ryzen processor


Excellent

27 days ago.

Excelente lo tengo con una rtx 2060 y se garcha todooo SI ESTAS EN DUDAS TE LO RECOMIENDO DE VERDAD SUPERO MIS EXPECTATIVAS LEJOS


Excellent

1 day ago.

best mid range cpu price x perf


Excellent

5 months ago.

really good but would be better with overclocking


Good

5 months ago.

Found a PC for $888 with this CPU and an RTX 2060 and I am planning to buy it, from the videos that I have watched on YouTube it looks like it's very good!


Excellent

7 months ago.

Overall cheap price with great results for non overclockers.


Good

15 months ago.

Good gaming capabilities if you don't want to overclock. If you do, i recommend the ryzen 5 3600 (or ryzen 3, when or if that comes out at the time of writing this)


Excellent

1 day ago.

itisveryfreakingnotveryawsomenesssupercalifragilesticexpicallidocious


Excellent

12 months ago.

best for budget gaming


Good

9 months ago.

Possesses very good value for budget gamers , 6 core 6 thread CPU with 2.9GHz base clock and 4.1GHz boost clock is enough for most games. Some users may worry low base clock but high boost clock compensates for it.


Excellent

15 months ago.

Insane price to performance!


Excellent

11 months ago.

over-hyped cpu


Excellent

11 months ago.

notbuy


Good

7 months ago.

While it's good for gaming, it might get hampered from future AAA games, where the Ryzen 5 3600 will shine better in.


Excellent

10 months ago.

Very good value for a 6 core processor if you cannot afford the i7-9700F.


Good

7 months ago.

It's actually a good processor for a budget build. I'd have preferred Ryzen over it for several reasons; but it's for those intel fans out there.


Excellent

17 months ago.

If you're looking for the best price to performance Intel CPU, this is the one. I had a GTX 1070 with this CPU and it was an overall well-balanced build. However, when I upgraded to a 1080 TI, the GPU was bottlenecked in some cases with the 9400F.


Average

14 months ago.

It's an acceptable CPU that doesn't seem to bottleneck the performance of most gaming systems. Not hyperthreaded, which would be awkward against the Ryzen 5 3600 of a similar pricing.


Terrible

15 months ago.

Weaker than everything.


Excellent

14 months ago.

A cheap, reliable beast. It's as much of a CPU as any gamer actually needs.


Excellent

15 months ago.

Better than all amd CPU's. No heating problem. On and cpu's you could rather cook an egg. Ninja gamer22 first check your ryzen series then comment. Duh ryzen 5 2600x or 7 1700 x doesnt support 128 GB ram while this thing does.


Terrible

10 months ago.

no longer price to performance king


Average

5 months ago.

Great budget gaming CPU, no on-board display and somewhat low boost clock speeds but my go-to suggestion for people without much money.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Really enjoy without buffering on Games and Workstation


Excellent

3 months ago.

good


Terrible

1 month ago.

This CPU pro guy knows NOTHING, he's just an opinionated nerd, like the world needs more of those - neckbeard. He's going on every Intel CPU with 4C/4T or 6C/6T and saying they outperform the Ryzen chips and that they're future proof. For example he said the i5 9600K outperforms the Ryzen 5 3600. Google the i5 9600K benchmarking Flight sim 2020, it maxes out at 100% usage and causes lag spikes. I'm SO glad I didn't listen to this opinionated moron and be stuck with a 100% maxed out CPU that can't even play the new games. Do your own research. And why is this site recommending his opinion, are we in middle school?


Good

11 months ago.

Paired with a GTX 1660 Ti, runs all games @ 1080p, max settings, 60 fps. With the stock cooler. Probably going to upgrade to a Hyper 212 Evo Black, but it's not necessary in a well-ventilated case. Why pay for integrated graphics if you don't need them?


Excellent

13 months ago.

With the massive price drops it has gone through in my country, it's become a fantastic option for a new gaming PC build. Put the savings towards a better GPU!


Terrible

5 months ago.

Bad value


Excellent

4 months ago.

d


Good

4 months ago.

The 9400F is a good option for those looking to game at 1080p and have a limited budget or simply don’t need a powerful processor. It has better memory performance and better (if not equal) single, dual, quad, and hexa core performance than comparable Ryzen processors, among other things, while also being about $15 cheaper than the Ryzen 5 2600 (as of yesterday). That extra $15 can easily be put towards something like well rated aftermarket cooler.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Big bang for yr Buck


Excellent

18 months ago.

Best cost efficiency


Excellent

11 months ago.

100th percentile baby. good single core performance!


Good

8 months ago.

gud processor


Excellent

2 months ago.

For a $150, it makes sense for how well it does


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