Intel Core i5-8400 Review – TechSpot


Today we are trying out probably the most inexpensive six-core processor ever launched, and this time it is not from AMD. With an MSRP of $182, the Core i5-8400 is much more inexpensive than the $215 Ryzen 5 1600, even though it cannot be overclocked and lacks HyperThreading, so there are not 12 threads on faucet as with the Ryzen chip.

Intel’s six-core answer will have to nevertheless be considerable for players and will even be the brand new go-to answer for funds developers. Those other people would do absolute best to keep away from the Z370 chipset taking into consideration it is most often dearer and handiest permits overclocking for unlocked portions, even though there isn’t a lot selection as the instant.

As it’s possible you’ll understand, AMD was once just a little cheeky and rather irritating through the use of B350 and X399 for its Ryzen chipset names. Intel has B250 motherboards in addition to the ones with an X299 chipset, so the transfer was once certain to purpose confusion amongst customers.

Intel has made up our minds to at least one up the buggers this time round with ‘B360’ forums. Bigger is all the time higher and shoppers know this, in order that’s a win for Intel.

The one factor for the ones after an Intel B360 board is the truth that they may not be to be had till subsequent 12 months — handiest the Z370 chipset shall be launched in 2017. Also remember the fact that Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs are not a drop-in improve for Z170 and Z270 platforms, since Intel “changed the alignment of the design.”

For now, Core i5-8400 customers must move with the most affordable Z370 board they may be able to dig up, which means that spending about $120 these days. Assuming you’ll be able to pair the 8400 with a quite affordable motherboard, it sort of feels to have uncovered a hollow within the Ryzen lineup.

Intel has priced the i5-8400 along AMD’s $190 Ryzen 5 1500X, which handiest options 4 cores, even though it does have 8 threads and that would possibly position them on par with regards to assets.

This will have to be an enchanting struggle and given the cost and spec variations between the 2 portions, we are curious to peer the place they stand with regards to worth on the finish.

Benchmark Time

Memory and Application Performance

Full disclaimer: we’ve got examined the Core i5-8400 on a Z370 motherboard the use of DDR4-3200 reminiscence however it is very most likely that after paired with a B360 board subsequent 12 months you are going to be restricted to DDR4-2666 or 2400 reminiscence speeds, so stay that during thoughts.

For the ones the use of a Z370 board it is conceivable to put in DDR4-3200 reminiscence and doing so permits a bandwidth of 36GB/s, hanging the Core i5-8400 on par with the Core i7-8700Okay.

Moving on we’ve got some Cinebench R15 effects and right here the i5-8400 was once excellent for a multi-threaded ranking of 869pts, 9% quicker than the Ryzen 5 1500X and simply 13% slower than the former Intel flagship section, the Core i7-7700Okay. It was once additionally 23% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600, even though the only thread ranking was once nearly 20% upper, so it’ll be attention-grabbing to peer how the Core i5-8400 and Ryzen CPUs evaluate in real-world packages.

Before we get to that even though here’s a fast have a look at the PCMark 10 effects. This check truly likes clock pace, for sure extra so than cores. As a consequence the brand new Core i7-8700Okay does rather well, as does the Core i5-8400 which proved to be 12% quicker than the Ryzen 5 1600.

The Excel Monte Carlo simulation makes excellent use of many cores and threads. As a consequence the Core i5-8400 was once 22% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600 and 5% slower than the 1500X. That stated, it was once a tight step up from the former era’s Core i5-7600Okay, finishing the workload 12% quicker.

The Core i5-8400 additionally is available in neatly in the back of the Ryzen festival within the VeraCrypt benchmark. Here it was once nearly 40% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600 and 12% slower than the 1500X. That stated, it was once once more a lot quicker than the 7600Okay, providing round 36% higher throughput.

Moving to 7-Zip the Core i5-8400 is in a position to simply edge out the Ryzen 5 1500X within the decompression check, whilst crushing it for the compression paintings. However, it was once slower than the Ryzen 5 1600 for each compression and decompression paintings.