Intel core i5 8th gen


When I first reviewed AMD"s Ryzen 5 2600 & 2600X CPUs, I called them the Intel vi xử lý core i5 Coffee Lake killers.

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Specifically, I said they were Intel vi xử lý core i5-8600K killers - and to some extent that"s still true. While not as fast as the core i5-8600K when it comes lớn overall gaming performance, their lower price, bundled cooler & generally superior multi-tasking performance in everyday desktop tasks make them a compelling alternative for mid-range PC builders. But how do they stand up against Intel"s entry-level vi xử lý core i5 CPU, the i5-8400? Priced much more closely to lớn AMD"s rival pair of CPUs, this £185 / $212 processor might just be a potential Ryzen 5 killer. How about that for a twist in our best gaming CPU rankings, eh?

On paper, the i5-8400 looks lượt thích a pretty bad giảm giá khuyến mãi compared khổng lồ AMD"s 2nd gen Ryzen 5s. Not only does it have a lower base clock tốc độ of 2.8GHz compared khổng lồ the 2600"s 3.4GHz & the 2600X"s 3.6GHz, but its maximum Turbo Boost only stretches lớn 4.0GHz. That"s just ahead of the 2600"s đứng top speed of 3.9GHz, but it"s still a relative chunk behind the 2600X"s max boost clock of 4.2GHz.

Plus, despite having six cores lượt thích its AMD rivals, it still only has six threads due to lớn its lack of Hyper Threading support. AMD"s Ryzen processors, on the other hand, have 12 apiece. Và if all that weren"t enough, it"s more expensive, too, costing £60 / $60 more than the £125 / $150 2600 và around £15 / $20 more than the £185 / $230 2600X. It does, at least, have the good fortune khổng lồ come with a bundled cooler, so you don"t have lớn factor in any additional costs here if you don"t fancy shelling out on something more substantial, but needless to lớn say, it"s going to lớn have khổng lồ work pretty darn hard khổng lồ earn its keep.

The RPS test PC:Motherboard: hãng asus Prime Z370-P (Intel), hãng asus Prime X370-Pro (AMD)Cooler: BeQuiet BK009 Pure Rock (Intel), AMD Wraith Prism (AMD)RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2133MHzGPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FEPSU: OCZ ZX850W

Thankfully, it does that in spades - at least when it comes to gaming performance. I have lớn admit, testing any CPU"s gaming performance is still a bit of a difficult undertaking. As our friends at Digital Foundry have explained in the past, a lot of benchmarks either don"t demo your CPU properly, or simply aren"t very accurate in the first place. Fortunately, a handful of gaming benchmarks have got a lot better at this recently, with the likes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon 4, Assassin"s Creed Odyssey and more all providing an in-depth look at your CPU"s performance as well as what your graphics card"s doing.


That said, there are also several other factors that can impact gaming performance, such as your graphics card, the type of RAM you"ve got, and even what type of storage you"ve installed the trò chơi on. As a result, getting a truly accurate picture of a CPU"s gaming performance is tricky, but I"ve done the best I can with the equipment available to lớn me.

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I"ve also focused a lot more on gaming performance in this reviews than I have on, say, application performance or truyền thông media creation bits và bobs because, well, I"m not really interested in that. I"ve included some cursory Cinebench scores as a basic indicator of what each CPU will be like for general desktop tasks, but really, my main goal here is lớn work out what CPU is the best for gaming & gaming alone.

And boy howdy does the bộ vi xử lý core i5-8400 deliver. At 1080p, it had a clear lead over AMD"s Ryzen 5 2600 và 2600X in everything except Assassin"s Creed Odyssey, & even then we"re only talking an average gap of 4fps with the 2600, & 7fps with the 2600X. At 1440p, the vi xử lý core i5-8400 either closed the gap entirely, or blazed ahead again, so much so that it even gives Intel"s bộ vi xử lý core i5-8600K a run for its money as well. Of course, it"s difficult khổng lồ say whether you"ll see exactly the same kind of performance jump on the kind of mid-range graphics cards you"re more likely to be pairing with a CPU lượt thích this, but in my eyes, it"s pretty clear which CPU is killing which here.



Or at least it is for those buying their gaming CPU in the UK. In the US, the non-X Ryzen 5 2600 is quite a chunk of change cheaper than the vi xử lý core i5-8400, making it a much more tempting proposition for mid-range builders on a budget. Indeed, at £120 / $150, the Ryzen 5 2600 definitely still has an air of a Coffee Lake killer about it - particularly when you take into trương mục its superior multi-tasking performance as well.

Cast an eye over its Cinebench scores, for instance, và while it"s only a smidge behind the chip core i5-8400 on single bộ vi xử lý core performance, it"s positively light years ahead when it comes to lớn multicore performance. It"s so nippy, in fact, that it even beats Intel"s considerably more expensive core i7-8700 CPU as well. This makes it much better equipped to giảm giá with creative applications and the lượt thích if you"re into your photo or clip editing, and is probably a better all-round CPU than its hãng sản xuất intel rival as a result.



As such, I"d probably seriously consider getting the Ryzen 5 2600 if I was after a cheap do-it-all CPU that still had a decent amount of gaming oomph - but only if it remains at its current price of £125 / $150. Any higher, and you may as well just spend the extra on the chip core i5-8400, especially if you"re not planning on using your PC for anything other than gaming và light desktop tasks such as web surfing và typing up the odd document.

Of course, if you"re willing lớn spend a bit more to get the core i5-8400, the question then becomes, "Is it worth spending another teensy bit extra & getting the even quicker & brand spanking new Intel core i5-9600K instead?" Priced at £220 / $230, it"s currently a much better buy than its 8th gene predecessor, the i5-8600K, and delivers even better gaming performance for just another £20 / $20 on đứng top of the i5-8400. It doesn"t come with a cooler, mind, which will địa chỉ cửa hàng even more onto its overall cost depending on what model you go for, but for the best gaming CPU money can buy around the £200 / $200-ish sort of mark, there"s no denying it"s a seriously tempting bit of kit.

Personally, I"d say it"s almost certainly worth stretching khổng lồ the chip core i5-9600K if you"ve got the cash và you don"t mind taking the extra cooler costs into account, but for those of you who"d rather keep things a bit simpler, the bộ vi xử lý core i5-8400 is still a fine choice for a mid-range gaming CPU. The Ryzen 5 2600 is also worth looking at if you can find it on the cheap, but if gaming is your number one concern, Intel"s bộ vi xử lý core i5s are still a pretty tough act to beat.