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)
Achitecture codename
Coffee Lake
Release date
5 January 2017
March 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now

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
Number of threads
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
3.9 GHz
L1 cache
256 KB
96 KB (per core)
L2 cache
1 MB
3 MB
L3 cache
9 MB
16 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
12 nm
Die size
213 mm2
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
Transistor count
4940 Million
64 bit support


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
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.

Security technologies

Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 are enumerated here.

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Supported memory types

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

Core i5-8400 40.10
Ryzen 5 2600 46.42 +15.8%

3DMark06 CPU

Core i5-8400 9474 +2%
Ryzen 5 2600 9290

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Core i5-8400 6364 +34.7%
Ryzen 5 2600 4726

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Core i5-8400 30790 +9.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 28173

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Core i5-8400 2 +8%
Ryzen 5 2600 2

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Core i5-8400 11
Ryzen 5 2600 14 +24.5%

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Core i5-8400 170 +6.9%
Ryzen 5 2600 159

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Core i5-8400 941
Ryzen 5 2600 1270 +35%

wPrime 32

Core i5-8400 6
Ryzen 5 2600 6 +12.7%

WinRAR 4.0

Core i5-8400 5173 +14.5%
Ryzen 5 2600 4517

x264 encoding pass 1

Core i5-8400 224 +9.3%
Ryzen 5 2600 205

x264 encoding pass 2

Core i5-8400 61
Ryzen 5 2600 75 +23%

TrueCrypt AES

Core i5-8400 5
Ryzen 5 2600 8 +50%


Core i5-8400 11679
Ryzen 5 2600 13520 +15.8%

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

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)
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions - a set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
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)
Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 2600

15.8% faster in synthetic tests
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)
AMD-V (Virtualization hardware acceleration used in AMD CPUs. Speeds up work with virtual machines)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
3DNow! (older SIMD instructions set used by AMD CPUs. Supercedes MMX, works with 64-bit registers)
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)

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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