Intel Core i5-10400F vs AMD Ryzen 5 3500

General info

Comparing Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Market segment
Desktop processor
Desktop processor
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AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Comet Lake
Zen 2
Launch date
30 April 2020 (less than a year ago)
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Launch price (MSRP)
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Technical specs

Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
6 (Hexa-Core)
6 (Hexa-Core)
Base clock speed
2.9 GHz
3.6 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.3 GHz
4.1 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
384 KB
L2 cache
256K (per core)
3 MB
L3 cache
12 MB (shared)
16 MB
Chip lithography
14 nm
7 nm, 12 nm
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
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Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
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64 bit support
Unlocked multiplier


Information on Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket AM4
Thermal design power (TDP)
65 Watt
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
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Turbo Boost Technology
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Hyper-Threading Technology
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Idle States
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Thermal Monitoring
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
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Security technologies

Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

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Secure Key
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Identity Protection
Yes with Intel® ME
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OS Guard
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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500 are enumerated here.

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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500.

Supported memory types
Maximum memory size
128 GB
128 GB
Max memory channels
Maximum memory bandwidth
41.6 GB/s
51,196 GB/s


Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500.

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Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i5-10400F 14.86 +1.3%
Ryzen 5 3500 14.67


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single core performance.

i5-10400F 13029 +1.3%
Ryzen 5 3500 12865

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-10400F and Ryzen 5 3500 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Advantages of Intel Core i5-10400F

1.3% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($158 vs $235)

Higher boost clock speed (4300 vs 4100 MHz)

HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)

Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

Thermal Monitoring Technologies


Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3500

Higher base clock speed (3600 vs 2900 MHz)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 14 nm)

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)

x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)


So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i5-10400F and AMD Ryzen 5 3500. The differences in performance seem too small.

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