Average Bench: 87.6% (50th of 1244)

Based on 95,115 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]

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Poor: 74%Average: 87.6% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 88%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 12.3% 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. Memory Latency 90.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 119Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9400F is just 18.2%. 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 658Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 653Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 95,115 samples)
Min Avg Max
81.3 Memory 90.9 95.7
106 1-Core 119 125
210 2-Core 235 248
85.8% 148 Pts
Min Avg Max
367 4-Core 457 489
514 8-Core 653 715
71.8% 555 Pts
Min Avg Max
542 64-Core 658 719
44.1% 658 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 95.8
1-Core 118
2-Core 238
88% 150 Pts
4-Core 476
8-Core 676
75% 576 Pts
64-Core 692
46% 692 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.8
1-Core 124
2-Core 244
89% 154 Pts
4-Core 475
8-Core 694
75% 584 Pts
64-Core 697
47% 697 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.2
1-Core 118
2-Core 234
86% 149 Pts
4-Core 467
8-Core 689
74% 578 Pts
64-Core 689
46% 689 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.3
1-Core 119
2-Core 236
87% 149 Pts
4-Core 468
8-Core 666
73% 567 Pts
64-Core 672
45% 672 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.9
1-Core 121
2-Core 241
88% 152 Pts
4-Core 473
8-Core 624
72% 548 Pts
64-Core 637
43% 637 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 29,006,094 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $182 @ launch in Feb '19
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Typical Core i5-9400F Builds (Compare 24,665 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 97%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
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Workstation
Workstation 72%
Battleship

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $145

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $910

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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 9 months ago.

Excellent

12 hrs ago.

Good CPU for most older games (must overclock) but with new 2020 games, the 0.1% fps dips are too much!! And after seeing a friend play the same games using the same RTX2070 but with an R5 3600 playing so much better I had to upgrade to the 3600x. 100 times better gameplay, even playing CSGO is 10 times better!! Now I can play the remastered Halo 2 Anniversary maxed out!!


Excellent

2 days ago.

15 euros cheaper than a ryzen 5 3600 while 10 to 60% slower. No Pcie 4.0, no upgradability or anything for it.


Good

2 days ago.

great


Excellent

20 days ago.

great performance for low price


Terrible

4 days ago.

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


Excellent

19 days ago.

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


Excellent

23 days ago.

better overall , only issue is multitasking


Excellent

5 days ago.

i HAVE BEEN USING THIS AND ITS AMZING


Poor

1 month ago.

It is very powerful and has a good price


Good

9 months ago.


Good

2 months 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!


Poor

10 days ago.

too expensive


Good

10 days 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 )


Average

25 days ago.

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


Good

26 days ago.

pro ands cons of ryzen processor


Poor

15 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 month ago.

really good but would be better with overclocking


Good

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!


Good

11 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

3 months ago.

Overall cheap price with great results for non overclockers.


Excellent

1 month ago.

itisveryfreakingnotveryawsomenesssupercalifragilesticexpicallidocious


Good

5 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

7 months ago.

over-hyped cpu


Excellent

7 months ago.

notbuy


Excellent

11 months ago.

Insane price to performance!


Excellent

8 months ago.

best for budget gaming


Good

3 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

6 months ago.

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


Good

3 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

13 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

10 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

11 months ago.

Weaker than everything.


Terrible

8 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Poor

6 months ago.

6 Cores with no hyperthreading is already outdated. I would not buy it anymore. 6 Cores with 12 Threads is the minimum.


Excellent

11 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

6 months ago.

no longer price to performance king


Average

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.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Really enjoy without buffering on Games and Workstation


Good

7 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

9 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

2 month ago.

Bad value


Excellent

27 days ago.

d


Excellent

14 days ago.

my cpu


Good

13 days 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

14 months ago.

Best cost efficiency


Excellent

7 months ago.

100th percentile baby. good single core performance!


Good

4 months ago.

gud processor


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