Intel Core i5-8400 vs AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Comparing Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
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
4 × 8 GT / s
4 × 8 GT / s
Manufacturing process technology
Maximum core temperature
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
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
Power consumption (TDP)
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
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
Yes with Intel® ME
Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 are enumerated here.
Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Supported memory types
Maximum memory size
Max memory channels
Maximum memory bandwidth
41.6 GB / s
43.71 GB / s
ECC memory support
General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Intel HD Graphics 630 (350 - 1050 MHz)
Graphics max frequency
Max video memory
Clear Video HD
Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
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
Max resolution over eDP
Max resolution over DisplayPort
Graphics API support
APIs supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600.
Max number of PCIe lanes
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
Ryzen 5 2600 42.43 +15.9%
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
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
Ryzen 5 2600 1270 +35%
Ryzen 5 2600 6 +12.7%
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
Ryzen 5 2600 75 +23%
Ryzen 5 2600 8 +50%
Ryzen 5 2600 13499 +15.9%
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
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)
So, Core i5-8400 or Ryzen 5 2600?
Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Ryzen 5 2600.
Should you still have questions on choice between Core i5-8400 and Ryzen 5 2600, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.