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Review: Intel Core i5-9400

by Tarinder Sandhu on 23 April 2019, 14:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Test Methodology

Intel Core i5-9400 Specifications


Processor Configurations

CPU
Intel Core i5-9400
Ryzen 5 2600X
Ryzen 5 2600
CPU Base Clock
2.9GHz
3.6GHz
3.4GHz
CPU Turbo Clock
4.1GHz
4.2GHz
3.9GHz
CPU L3 Cache
9MB
16MB
16MB
CPU Cores / Threads
6 / 6
6 / 12
6 / 12
CPU TDP
65W
95W
65W
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630
-
-
IGP Base Clock
350MHz
-
-
IGP Turbo Clock
1,050MHz
-
-
Socket
LGA1151
AM4
AM4
Lithography
14nm
12nm
12nm
Motherboard
Asus Z390-I Gaming
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC
BIOS
2401
1.80
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4
Memory Config
4x8GB
Memory Timings
16-17-17-36-2T
Memory Speed
2,666MHz
2,933MHz
Disk Drive
SK hynix Canvas SC300 (512GB)
Power Supply
be quiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000W)
Graphics Card
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition (425.31)
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

CPU Benchmarks
HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench R20 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
HandBrake 1.2.2 Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores (64-bit). Updated benchmark - 4K to 1080p60
Blender 2.79b Using all available cores to run the BMW benchmark
PCMark 10 System-wide test that examines real-world performance
Corona 1.3 Using the high-performance renderer's default benchmark that stresses all cores
Memory Benchmarks
AIDA64 v5.99.4900 Benchmark that analysis memory bandwidth and latency
Gaming Benchmarks
3DMark Graphics benchmark run using Fire Strike and Time Spy tests
3DMark Port Royal Ray tracing benchmark that can be run on both RTX and GTX cards
F1 2017 1,920x1,080 and 3,840x2,160, ultra settings
Civilization VI 1,920x1,080 and 3,840x2,160, 8xMSAA, High Quality
World of Tanks 1,920x1,080 and 3,840x2,160, TSSAA HQ, Ultra Quality
Miscellaneous Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw when idle, when rendering via Blender and while playing Civilization VI

Notes

Appreciating that we have mentioned the rival AMD CPUs, it makes sense to compare the Core i5-9400 to both. All drivers and benchmarks have been updated, plus we're trying a few new ones such as 3DMark Port Royal. It's easy to cross-compare results to other, older processors, which you can do right over here.

You'll notice that there are no ensuing overclocking tests for this chip; the lack of K-suffix means that its multiplier cannot be raised. Therefore, overclocking is largely moot.