Average Bench: 82.6% (48th of 1197)

Based on 32,417 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000906EA 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 a point 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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Poor: 76%Average: 82.6% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 17.3% 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. Single Core Mixed Speed 121Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 238Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9400F is just 10.7%. 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 672Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 664Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 32,417 samples)
Min Avg Max
111 1-Core 121 126
219 2-Core 238 249
84.5% 179 Pts
Min Avg Max
418 4-Core 466 490
556 8-Core 664 716
73.2% 565 Pts
Min Avg Max
572 64-Core 672 719
45.1% 672 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 125
2-Core 248
88% 186 Pts
4-Core 486
8-Core 688
76% 587 Pts
64-Core 712
48% 712 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 238
85% 180 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 686
74% 577 Pts
64-Core 683
46% 683 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 121
2-Core 241
85% 181 Pts
4-Core 469
8-Core 683
74% 576 Pts
64-Core 691
46% 691 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 110
2-Core 217
77% 164 Pts
4-Core 418
8-Core 601
66% 510 Pts
64-Core 667
45% 667 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,815,878 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $182 @ launch in Feb '19
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Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 60%
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Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $110

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $848

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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 3 months ago.

Good

2 days ago.

bad.


Excellent

1 day ago.

Cheap and fast


Good

1 day ago.

it seems really good price-performance


Good

28 days ago.

intel


Poor

5 days ago.

It's more worst than 8400


Excellent

8 days ago.

Cost effective!


Good

6 days ago.

sssss


Excellent

2 days ago.

nice. :)))


Good

1 day ago.

I love it because in low price it is best for gamers


Good

3 days ago.

Good CPU for gaming (On the cheap side of things)


Excellent

1 month ago.

Its really cheap for the performance of it


Terrible

6 days ago.

best money per performance


Excellent

1 day ago.

Amazing for the price


Poor

24 days ago.

it can handle playing most games and streaming some of the too!


Excellent

1 hr ago.

2015 architecture


Excellent

29 days ago.

All Amd processors suck against this beast. I swear. Got 123% benchmark.


Terrible

19 days ago.

GARBAGE


Good

3 months ago.


Terrible

2 months ago.

I have it. I like it. Don't regret it.


Good

2 months ago.

way better


Excellent

3 hrs ago.

love it


Good

4 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 month 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!


Terrible

1 month ago.

over-hyped cpu


Terrible

1 month ago.

notbuy


Excellent

5 months ago.

Insane price to performance!


Excellent

1 month ago.

best for budget gaming


Poor

1 month ago.

R5 2600 has near equal (if not better) performance and yet it is $25 less.


Excellent

7 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

3 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

5 months ago.

Weaker than everything.


Terrible

2 months ago.

not enough threads, why get this when you can have double with the ryzen 3600?


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 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.


Good

1 month 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.


Terrible

2 days ago.

no longer price to performance king


Excellent

1 month ago.

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 a point 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.


Good

27 days 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

3 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!


Excellent

7 months ago.

Best cost efficiency


Excellent

11 days ago.

100th percentile baby. good single core performance!


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