Average Bench: 81.6% (44th of 1182)

Based on 23,656 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: 73%Average: 81.6% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 18.3% 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 120Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 238Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9400F is just 13.1%. 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 669Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 665Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,656 samples)
Min Avg Max
110 1-Core 120 126
221 2-Core 238 249
84.3% 179 Pts
Min Avg Max
429 4-Core 465 490
551 8-Core 665 714
73.2% 565 Pts
Min Avg Max
566 64-Core 669 716
44.9% 669 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 126
2-Core 249
88% 187 Pts
4-Core 488
8-Core 711
77% 600 Pts
64-Core 714
48% 714 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 124
2-Core 243
87% 184 Pts
4-Core 486
8-Core 706
77% 596 Pts
64-Core 704
47% 704 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 242
86% 182 Pts
4-Core 485
8-Core 693
76% 589 Pts
64-Core 702
47% 702 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 124
2-Core 236
85% 180 Pts
4-Core 482
8-Core 696
76% 589 Pts
64-Core 698
47% 698 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 123
2-Core 244
86% 184 Pts
4-Core 479
8-Core 591
71% 535 Pts
64-Core 661
44% 661 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,342,940 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $182 @ launch in Feb '19
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Typical Core i5-9400F Builds (Compare 8,928 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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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: 63% - Good Total price: $850

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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 1 month ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 days ago.

Feels very similar to an i5-6500, despite being three generations newer, and claiming to boost to much higher clock speeds.


Poor

23 hrs ago.

A


Poor

1 day ago.

intel


Good

19 hrs ago.

Best


Excellent

2 days ago.

jhj


Good

3 days ago.

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


Terrible

18 days ago.

Its really cheap for the performance of it


Excellent

4 days ago.

best money per performance


Terrible

8 days ago.

Amazing for the price


Terrible

14 days ago.

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


Terrible

3 days ago.

2015 architecture


Excellent

4 days ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.


Terrible

21 days ago.

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


Good

17 days ago.

way better


Good

2 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

2 hrs 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

3 months ago.

Insane price to performance!


Excellent

5 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

1 month 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

3 months ago.

Weaker than everything.


Terrible

9 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 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.


Excellent

1 month 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

5 months ago.

Best cost efficiency


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