Intel Core i5-8500 vs Core i5-9400F

General info

Comparing Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
9.80
 
10.53
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
Intel Core i5
 
Intel Core i5
Architecture codename
Coffee Lake
 
Coffee Lake
Launch date
14 February 2018 (3 years ago)
 
8 January 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$202
 
$182
Price now
$175
 
$163

Technical specs

Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F 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)
Threads
6
 
6
Base clock speed
3 GHz
 
2.9 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.1 GHz
 
4.1 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
256K (per core)
L3 cache
9 MB (shared)
 
9 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
149 mm2
 
149 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
100 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
72 °C
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F 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
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1151
 
FCLGA1151
Thermal design power (TDP)
65 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
-
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
-
TSX
+
 
-
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
SIPP
+
 
-

Security technologies

Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
+
 
-
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
+
 
+
MPX
+
 
+
Identity Protection
+
 
+
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
Yes with Intel® ME
OS Guard
+
 
+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
-
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F.

Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR4-2666
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
128 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
41.6 GB/s
 
41.6 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics card
 
no data
Max video memory
64 GB
 
no data
Quick Sync Video
+
 
-
Clear Video
+
 
no data
Clear Video HD
+
 
no data
Graphics max frequency
1.1 GHz
 
no data
InTru 3D
+
 
no data

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported
3
 
no data

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

4K resolution support
+
 
no data
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 
no data

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectX
12
 
no data
OpenGL
4.5
 
no data

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
16
 
16

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F. 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.

i5-8500 10.88
i5-9400F 10.89 +0.1%

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

i5-8500 8606 +32.6%
i5-9400F 6490

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

i5-8500 40829 +29.5%
i5-9400F 31523

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

i5-8500 1.96 +0.5%
i5-9400F 1.95

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

i5-8500 10.2
i5-9400F 11.3 +10.8%

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

i5-8500 172
i5-9400F 173 +0.6%

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

i5-8500 950
i5-9400F 984 +3.6%

wPrime 32

wPrime 32M is a math multi-thread processor test, which calculates square roots of first 32 million integer numbers. Its result is measured in seconds, so that the less is benchmark result, the faster the processor.

i5-8500 26.52
i5-9400F 6.76 +292.3%

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

i5-8500 4219
i5-9400F 5794 +37.3%

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to encode a sample Full HD (1080p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

i5-8500 207
i5-9400F 234 +13%

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

i5-8500 40
i5-9400F 64 +60%

TrueCrypt AES

TrueCrypt is a discontinued piece of software that was widely used for on-the-fly-encryption of disk partitions, now superseded by VeraCrypt. It contains several embedded performance tests, one of them being TrueCrypt AES, which measures data encryption speed using AES algorithm. Result is encryption speed in gigabytes per second.

i5-8500 5
i5-9400F 5.2 +4%

Passmark

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.

i5-8500 9542
i5-9400F 9545 +0%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-8500 and Core i5-9400F 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 i5-8500

Higher base clock speed (3000 vs 2900 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)

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)

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

TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion

SIPP

QuickSyncVideo

Advantages of Intel Core i5-9400F

0.1% better performance in benchmarks

Somewhat newer (8 January 2019 vs 14 February 2018)

Cheaper ($163 vs $175)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i5-8500 and Intel Core i5-9400F. The differences in performance seem too small.

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