Average Bench: 86.5% (60th of 1276)

Based on 175,323 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: 73%Average: 86.5% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 87%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 71%
Battleship

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-9400F averaged just 13.4% 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 89.5Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 118Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-9400F is just 18.5%. 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 650Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 643Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 175,323 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.6 Memory 89.5 95.1
106 1-Core 118 125
208 2-Core 233 248
85.1% 147 Pts
Min Avg Max
372 4-Core 453 486
498 8-Core 643 711
71% 548 Pts
Min Avg Max
521 64-Core 650 714
43.6% 650 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 92.5
1-Core 114
2-Core 235
85% 147 Pts
4-Core 473
8-Core 685
75% 579 Pts
64-Core 684
46% 684 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz
Memory 92.6
1-Core 122
2-Core 237
87% 150 Pts
4-Core 453
8-Core 661
72% 557 Pts
64-Core 688
46% 688 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.6
1-Core 115
2-Core 226
82% 142 Pts
4-Core 451
8-Core 618
70% 535 Pts
64-Core 644
43% 644 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.3
1-Core 110
2-Core 222
82% 141 Pts
4-Core 390
8-Core 495
58% 442 Pts
64-Core 474
32% 474 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 6 threads
Base clock 2.9 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.8
1-Core 116
2-Core 224
84% 144 Pts
4-Core 386
8-Core 440
55% 413 Pts
64-Core 497
33% 497 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,699,599 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $182 @ launch in Feb '19
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Typical Core i5-9400F Builds (Compare 8,671 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 66%
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Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H - $70

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $564

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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 17 months ago.

Good

25 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 day ago.

Excellent processor for gaming (2020)


Poor

7 days ago.

great performance for low price


Excellent

1 month ago.

It is better than Ryzen, Ryzen is worst thing in history


Good

1 day 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.


Poor

7 days ago.

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


Good

24 days ago.

It's giving a good performance at a good price


Good

7 hrs ago.

Intel cpu security flaws and exploits


Good

17 months ago.


Poor

25 days ago.

the AMD RYZEN R5-3400G was my old cpu and the Intel Core i5-9400F is the one i have now so i just wanted too see wich one is best.


Good

1 month ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Good

1 month ago.

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


Average

1 month 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 )


Poor

1 month 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!


Good

10 days ago.

pro ands cons of ryzen processor


Excellent

2 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

25 days ago.

best mid range cpu price x perf


Excellent

8 months ago.

really good but would be better with overclocking


Excellent

11 months ago.

Overall cheap price with great results for non overclockers.


Good

8 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

18 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.

itisveryfreakingnotveryawsomenesssupercalifragilesticexpicallidocious


Excellent

16 months ago.

best for budget gaming


Good

13 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

19 months ago.

Insane price to performance!


Excellent

15 months ago.

over-hyped cpu


Excellent

15 months ago.

notbuy


Good

11 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

14 months ago.

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


Good

11 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

21 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.


Excellent

18 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 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

14 months ago.

no longer price to performance king


Average

8 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

11 months ago.

Really enjoy without buffering on Games and Workstation


Excellent

7 months ago.

good


Good

15 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

17 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

9 months ago.

Bad value


Good

8 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

5 months ago.

Big bang for yr Buck


Excellent

22 months ago.

Best cost efficiency


Excellent

14 months ago.

100th percentile baby. good single core performance!


Good

12 months ago.

gud processor


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


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