Intel Core i5-8400 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600

Intel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 5 2600

General info

Comparing Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
17.24
 
24.09
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Intel Core i5
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Achitecture codename
Coffee Lake
 
Zen+
Release date
24 September 2017
 
13 April 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$182
 
$199
Price now
$199
 
$165

Technical specs

Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
6
 
6
Number of threads
6
 
12
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
3.4 GHz
FSB
4 × 8 GT / s
 
4 × 8 GT / s
L1 cache
384 KB
 
576 KB
L2 cache
1.5 MB
 
3 MB
L3 cache
9 MB
 
16 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
149 mm2
 
213 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
n/d
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
n/d
 
4800 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
-
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCLGA1151
 
AM4 (1331)
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-

Security technologies

Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
-
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d
Secure Key
+
 
n/d
MPX
+
 
-
Identity Protection
+
 
-
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
n/d
OS Guard
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
+
VT-d
+
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4-2933
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
41.6 GB / s
 
43.71 GB / s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Integrated graphics
Intel HD Graphics 630 (350 - 1050 MHz)
 
-
Graphics max frequency
1.05 GHz
 
-
Max video memory
64 GB
 
-
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
-
InTru 3D
+
 
-

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
-

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
4K resolution support
+
 
-
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
-
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
-
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 
-

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
12
 
-
OpenGL
4.5
 
-

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
20

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i5-8400 36.61
Ryzen 5 2600 42.43 +15.9%

3DMark06 CPU

i5-8400 9474 +2%
Ryzen 5 2600 9290

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

i5-8400 6364 +34.7%
Ryzen 5 2600 4726

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

i5-8400 30790 +9.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 28173

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

i5-8400 2 +8%
Ryzen 5 2600 2

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

i5-8400 11
Ryzen 5 2600 14 +24.5%

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

i5-8400 170 +6.9%
Ryzen 5 2600 159

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

i5-8400 941
Ryzen 5 2600 1270 +35%

wPrime 32

i5-8400 6
Ryzen 5 2600 6 +12.7%

WinRAR 4.0

i5-8400 5173 +14.5%
Ryzen 5 2600 4517

x264 encoding pass 1

i5-8400 224 +9.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 205

x264 encoding pass 2

i5-8400 61
Ryzen 5 2600 75 +23%

TrueCrypt AES

i5-8400 5
Ryzen 5 2600 8 +50%

Passmark

i5-8400 11649
Ryzen 5 2600 13499 +15.9%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i5-8400

Cheaper ($182 vs $199)
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)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TSX-NI (Transactional Synchronization Extensions New Instructions - hardware acceleration of multithreaded calculations for Intel CPUs)
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)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
MemoryProtectionExtensionsVersion
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

15.9% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (13 April 2018 vs 24 September 2017)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)
Unlocked
ECCMemory

So, Core i5-8400 or Ryzen 5 2600?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Ryzen 5 2600.
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