Average Bench: 82.5% (52nd of 1206)

Based on 38,505 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 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 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: 82.5% Great: 86%
Gaming
Gaming 82%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 17.5% 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 10.1%. 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 670Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 664Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,505 samples)
Min Avg Max
111 1-Core 120 126
221 2-Core 238 248
84.4% 179 Pts
Min Avg Max
416 4-Core 465 490
549 8-Core 664 713
73.1% 564 Pts
Min Avg Max
563 64-Core 670 717
45% 670 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 246
86% 184 Pts
4-Core 480
8-Core 699
76% 590 Pts
64-Core 705
47% 705 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 122
2-Core 241
86% 182 Pts
4-Core 476
8-Core 698
76% 587 Pts
64-Core 699
47% 699 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 472
8-Core 565
69% 518 Pts
64-Core 659
44% 659 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 107
2-Core 227
78% 167 Pts
4-Core 477
8-Core 684
75% 580 Pts
64-Core 682
46% 682 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 121
2-Core 236
84% 179 Pts
4-Core 429
8-Core 568
65% 498 Pts
64-Core 660
44% 660 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 22,711,973 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $182 @ launch in Feb '19
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Typical Core i5-9400F Builds (Compare 12,991 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 95%
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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) - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - 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.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

4 hrs ago.

Horrible stutters in assassin's Creed origins. Laughable performance for a $150 cpu. Especially since Intel is supposed to be better at gaming.


Excellent

4 days ago.

poor performance


Good

3 days ago.

it seems really good price-performance


Good

8 hrs ago.

its very good for playing games destiny 2 300 fps :)


Excellent

1 day ago.

Because, this Proccesor is Worth it and price to perfomace


Excellent

1 day ago.

Its best prosessor for gaming


Excellent

9 days ago.

.


Terrible

2 days ago.

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


Good

2 days ago.

It is very powerful and has a good price


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

14 days ago.

Recommended for low budget builds. Absolutely destroys the 3400G which is priced similarly. If an iGPU is needed, the slightly higher priced i5 9400 is recommended. Can even handle the 2060 super although not recommended as it is at 100% usage half the time, leaving no headroom for other background tasks.


Good

3 months ago.


Excellent

18 days ago.

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


Good

5 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 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!


Good

1 day 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

2 month ago.

over-hyped cpu


Excellent

1 month ago.

notbuy


Excellent

6 months ago.

Insane price to performance!


Excellent

2 months ago.

best for budget gaming


Poor

12 days ago.

It isn't the best value option as there are options like the Ryzen 5 2600X but its ok. Also could use more threads to compete with the 2600X's multitasking capabilities like photo editing.


Excellent

26 days ago.

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


Excellent

8 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

4 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

6 months ago.

Weaker than everything.


Terrible

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Poor

8 days ago.

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


Excellent

5 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

1 month ago.

no longer price to performance king


Good

2 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.


Good

1 month 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

4 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

8 months ago.

Best cost efficiency


Excellent

1 month ago.

100th percentile baby. good single core performance!


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