Today we're testing the cheapest six-core processor ever released, and this time it's not from AMD. With an MSRP of $ 182, the Core i5-8400 is even cheaper than the $ 215 Ryzen 5 1600, although it can't be overclocked and doesn't have HyperThreading, so 12 threads aren't on tap like the Ryzen chip .
The six-core solution from Intel should still be sufficient for gamers and may even be the new solution for budget builders. These people do their best to avoid the Z370 chipset as it is usually more expensive and only allows overclocking for unlocked parts, although there is not much choice at the moment.
As you may notice, AMD was a bit cheeky and a bit annoying when it used B350 and X399 for its Ryzen chipset names. Intel has B250 motherboards as well as those with an X299 chipset, so the move caused confusion among buyers.
Intel has decided to strengthen the Buggers this time with & # 39; B360 & # 39; boards. Bigger is always better, and consumers know that. It is an asset for Intel.
The only problem for those after an Intel B360 board is the fact that they won't be available until next year – only the Z370 chipset will be released in 2017. Also keep in mind that Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs are not a drop-in upgrade for Z170 and Z270 platforms, as Intel "changed the direction of the design".
For now, Core i5-8400 buyers will have to choose the cheapest Z370 board they can dig up, which means they are currently spending around $ 120. Assuming you can pair the 8400 with a relatively cheap motherboard, it appears to have exposed a hole in the Ryzen range.
Intel priced the i5-8400 along with AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X for $ 190, which has only four cores, although it has eight threads and these may be equivalent in terms of resources.
This should be an interesting fight, and given the price and specification differences between the two parts, we're curious to see where they end up in terms of value.
Storage and application performance
Full Disclaimer: We tested the Core i5-8400 on a Z370 motherboard with DDR4-3200 memory, but it is very likely that you will experience DDR4-2666 or 2400 memory speeds next year with a B360 board mind is limited.
It is possible for users of a Z370 card to install DDR4-3200 memory. This enables a bandwidth of 36 GB / s, making the Core i5-8400 equal to the Core i7-8700K.
We have some Cinebench R15 results and here the i5-8400 was good for a multithreaded score of 869 points, 9% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X and only 13% slower than the previous Intel flagship part, the Core i7- 7700K. It was also 23% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600, although the single thread score was almost 20% higher. So it will be interesting to see how the Core i5-8400 and Ryzen CPUs can be compared in real applications.
Before we get to that, here's a quick look at the PCMark 10 results. This test likes the clock speed very much, certainly more than the cores. As a result, the new Core i7-8700K performs very well, as does the Core i5-8400, which turned out to be 12% faster than the Ryzen 5 1600.
The Excel Monte Carlo simulation uses many cores and threads. As a result, the Core i5-8400 was 22% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600 and 5% slower than the 1500X. That said, it was a neat advance over the previous generation Core i5-7600K, which did the workload 12% faster.
The Core i5-8400 is also significantly behind the Ryzen competition in the VeraCrypt benchmark. Here it was almost 40% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600 and 12% slower than the 1500X. That said, it was again much faster than the 7600K and offered a 36% higher throughput.
If you switch to 7-Zip, the Core i5-8400 can only switch off the Ryzen 5 1500X in the decompression test while it is being crushed for the compression work. However, it was slower than the Ryzen 5 1600 for both compression and decompression work.