Average Bench: 86% (84th of 1316)

Based on 217,324 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: 74%Average: 86% Great: 91%
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 13.9% 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 88.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 118Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9400F is just 16.8%. 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 648Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 642Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 217,324 samples)
Min Avg Max
77.1 Memory 88.6 94.6
104 1-Core 118 124
212 2-Core 233 246
84.6% 147 Pts
Min Avg Max
370 4-Core 453 484
515 8-Core 642 705
70.9% 547 Pts
Min Avg Max
520 64-Core 648 708
43.5% 648 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
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)
Memory 91
1-Core 127
2-Core 247
89% 155 Pts
4-Core 491
8-Core 697
77% 594 Pts
64-Core 682
46% 682 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.7
1-Core 125
2-Core 245
88% 153 Pts
4-Core 486
8-Core 684
76% 585 Pts
64-Core 701
47% 701 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.2
1-Core 121
2-Core 238
87% 150 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 672
74% 571 Pts
64-Core 671
45% 671 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.2
1-Core 121
2-Core 235
86% 149 Pts
4-Core 465
8-Core 650
72% 558 Pts
64-Core 649
44% 649 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.8
1-Core 122
2-Core 231
86% 148 Pts
4-Core 455
8-Core 580
68% 517 Pts
64-Core 636
43% 636 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $182 @ launch in Feb '19
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Typical Core i5-9400F Builds (Compare 11,948 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 65%
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Desktop
Desktop 88%
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Workstation
Workstation 55%
Yacht

Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H - $65

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $586

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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 22 months ago.

Disliked

1 day ago.

Comment 

EFPS is better than Ryzen 5 3500x and 5 3600—Feb '21


Poor

12 days ago.

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


Excellent

12 days ago.

the 9400F has surpassed all my expectations, has stood its own against better cpus and mine is still standing proud in my pc


Poor

1 month ago.

I like it but it’s more expensive than amd sadly I’m on a budget so amd it is


Excellent

4 months ago.

great performance for low price


Excellent

21 days ago.

the mountains are very good weather


Good

2 months ago.

value cpu, great for old gen gamers, like warcraft iiii, diablo ii (cant catch up w new gen games). i noe amd ryzen is the best in performance, but the design not attract me, especially the pin on cpu, make me worry.


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Terrible

1 month ago.

Intel cpu security flaws and exploits


Good

22 months ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

i have it for a week now, unchangable


Good

4 months ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Poor

6 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

1 month ago.

pro ands cons of ryzen processor


Good

3 months 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


Good

2 months ago.

best mid range cpu price x perf


Excellent

13 months ago.

really good but would be better with overclocking


Good

3 months ago.

Overall cheap price with great results for non overclockers.


Good

13 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

8 months ago.

itisveryfreakingnotveryawsomenesssupercalifragilesticexpicallidocious


Excellent

21 months ago.

best for budget gaming


Good

18 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

20 months ago.

over-hyped cpu


Excellent

20 months ago.

notbuy


Good

16 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.


Good

16 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

2 years 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.


Excellent

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

23 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

19 months ago.

no longer price to performance king


Average

13 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

16 months ago.

Really enjoy without buffering on Games and Workstation


Excellent

12 months ago.

good


Good

20 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?


Good

13 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

22 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

14 months ago.

Bad value


Excellent

10 months ago.

Big bang for yr Buck


Excellent

2 years ago.

Best cost efficiency


Excellent

19 months ago.

100th percentile baby. good single core performance!


Good

17 months ago.

gud processor


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

really ocool


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