Intel Core i5-10400 Review

Mid-range Desktop processor released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.9GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 65W power rating. Core i5-10400 is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.
Price 100%
Speed 77%
Productivity 73%
Gaming 91%
Category Desktop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility LGA1200
Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 182 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 2.9 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.3 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.3 GHz
Power Consumption 65 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 12 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 100 %
Speed Score 77 %
Productivity Score 73 %
Gaming Score 91 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 23.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 11.6 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 5.8 %
Overall Score 50/100

The Core i5-10400 is one of Intel's mid-range Desktop processors. It was released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.9GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 65W power rating. The Core i5-10400 is based on the Comet Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-10400 is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i5-9400 processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i5-10400 absolutely nails this concept.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i5-10400 is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i5-10400.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 5 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i5-10400 can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 5 3600X will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i5-10400 processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i5-10400 up for $182 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i5-10400 retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 65W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

For a 6-core processor, Intel’s $182 flagship Core i5-10400 processor seems downright cheap. On paper, the cost of those 0 extra cores is almost an afterthought when you stack it up against its direct competitor, the $237 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 3600X.

With Core i5, Intel continues to innovate on its new architecture and 14nm process. Like Core i5, Intel has engineered Core i5 to operate on a LGA1200 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 91% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i5-10400 proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i5-10400

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i5-10400.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.3 236.4 FPS
201.1 FPS
127.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.4 206 FPS
175.2 FPS
111.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.2 157.6 FPS
134.1 FPS
85.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 17.3 144.7 FPS
127.1 FPS
81.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 9.2 140.9 FPS
123.8 FPS
79.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.5 127.8 FPS
111.2 FPS
70.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 24.5 122.5 FPS
107.7 FPS
70.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.8 120.8 FPS
104 FPS
65.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6.7 113.3 FPS
99.2 FPS
63.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.4 112.6 FPS
95.8 FPS
60.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 10.8 111 FPS
95.8 FPS
62.3 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.3 111 FPS
95.1 FPS
59.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.7 108.1 FPS
92.5 FPS
57.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.7 106.7 FPS
89.5 FPS
57.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4 101 FPS
83.3 FPS
52.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.5 99.1 FPS
84.9 FPS
53 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.2 96.2 FPS
81.1 FPS
50.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.7 95 FPS
76.6 FPS
47.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3 93.5 FPS
79.4 FPS
49.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 16.6 90.2 FPS
74.9 FPS
49.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.6 89.9 FPS
77 FPS
47.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.6 89.1 FPS
75.1 FPS
46.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 11.5 86.7 FPS
72.2 FPS
45.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.3 84.8 FPS
71.5 FPS
44.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.7 84.3 FPS
72 FPS
44.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.9 82.1 FPS
68.6 FPS
42.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.9 79.9 FPS
67.5 FPS
42.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 8.6 75.4 FPS
63.3 FPS
39.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.9 75.3 FPS
63.5 FPS
39.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.9 71.4 FPS
58.4 FPS
35.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 9.5 68.5 FPS
60.1 FPS
38.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.4 65.5 FPS
55.1 FPS
34.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.1 64.9 FPS
53.1 FPS
32.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 8.5 64.7 FPS
53.6 FPS
33.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.6 63.3 FPS
51.8 FPS
31.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 10.4 62.3 FPS
53.7 FPS
34.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 16.5 60.4 FPS
49.7 FPS
32.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9.3 58.9 FPS
50.6 FPS
31.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.3 58.7 FPS
48.4 FPS
30.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.9 58.2 FPS
47.7 FPS
29 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7.6 56.7 FPS
48.5 FPS
30.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.1 55.7 FPS
46.1 FPS
28.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 6 54.8 FPS
44.8 FPS
29.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.5 53.3 FPS
45.2 FPS
28.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.2 52.9 FPS
44.3 FPS
26.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.2 52.2 FPS
43.7 FPS
26.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3 49.9 FPS
41.7 FPS
26 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.8 46.6 FPS
39.2 FPS
24.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.8 39.2 FPS
32.6 FPS
20.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 7.1 35.2 FPS
29.4 FPS
17.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.7 34.9 FPS
29.1 FPS
17.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 4.9 34.4 FPS
28.8 FPS
17.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 8.2 34.1 FPS
28.7 FPS
16.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 5.9 33.7 FPS
27.9 FPS
17.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.8 29.3 FPS
24.3 FPS
14.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.7 27.1 FPS
22.2 FPS
13.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 6 26.6 FPS
21.7 FPS
13.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.7 26.1 FPS
20.4 FPS
13.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.9 FPS
19.7 FPS
12.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5.9 23.9 FPS
19.6 FPS
12.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.5 23.1 FPS
16.9 FPS
10.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.2 18.9 FPS
15.6 FPS
9.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.4 18.1 FPS
14.8 FPS
8.8 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

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idgamerd1 June 14, 2020

Need help choosing MOBO for i5-10400. MSI Z490 worth getting?

First off: I want to go with Intel, even tough many are happy with the AMD options.

So I came across the "MSI Z490 MPG Gaming Plus Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard" as compatible option for the i5-10400 but reviews are very limited and i could seriously use some help. Can anyone recommend either this MOBO or another to use with the i5-10400 please?

Preferably one that's sold at micro center if possible.

Also i would love a RAM recommendation if you have one. I will be using this with a RTX 2070 if that matters. This will strictly be a gaming PC.

Lastly, obviously I will be needing a heatsink. I read online that the 1200 is same fit as 115x; is that true? https://www.techspot.com/news/84956-confirmed-lga-115x-coolers-work-comet-lake-s.html I obviously won't be overclocking but can anyone recommend a good heatsink that will fit without an issue? I read that Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is good but honestly I would like something smaller and something that will definitely fit (I read 212 EVO and other heatsinks a lot of the time might have an issue fitting with RAM, especially if its high profile). I just want something that will definitely fit the 1200 and won't have issues with space.

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arichardsen June 18, 2020

You'll be paying a premium for a Z motherboard when you are buying a non-K chip. AFAIK only Z motherboards are released, but 'ideal' you might want to go with a H or B motherboard since the cpu is locked and low tdp.

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murfman713 June 18, 2020

I’m interested in this info also. I’m thinking of getting a 10400. Seems the z boards have options for only $150, what’s wrong with them?

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supremeeducator June 14, 2020

They have those versions for intel Z490 boards.

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murfman713 June 16, 2020

Which z490 do you have? And which cou are you using? I’m thinking of getting a 10400 tomorrow like OP

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supremeeducator June 20, 2020

MSI Tomahawk and if you need WiFi gaming edge it’s pretty similar.

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GamerJohny June 14, 2020

The Gigabyte Gaming X and Asus Gaming TUF Z490-Plus are good?

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murfman713 June 08, 2020

Isn’t that for AMD? What if you need a mobo For gaming on i5 10400?

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rapidgamerz11 June 24, 2020

I was looking for a motherboard too...

There is the list I got on web:

https://www.bestgamingreviews.com/best-motherboard-for-intel-i5-10400/

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Cazfro July 11, 2020

Help choosing a Motherboard for i5-10400 and Ryzen 5 3600

So following on from a post I made a day or two ago, I am in the process of deciding on my gaming PC parts.

I am going with an RTX 2060 (non super), I may end up going with a super or maybe a 2070 if I can fit it in my budget (roughly $2000NZD or roughly $1300USD). Standard 16Gb 2666MHz dual-channel (2x8Gb), and I'll get 3200MHz if I choose the AMD cpu.

So for the i5-10400 , I am currently looking at the Gigabyte B460M DS3H (w/ wifi/bt). I am not an expert in these things and am happy to change this decision if it means I will be getting more value for money and just a better mobo in general.

For the Ryzen 5 3600 I was originally going with another board but I got a couple of recommendations to get the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max ATX, I think this is as good of a mobo I will get for the budget I have, but would just like to double check this is a good choice.

Overall I don't think I will be interested in overclocking, maybe the Ryzen at a later date. I am not fussed at overclocking the intel cpu if it means I need to pay more for a 'k' model.


Also for the PSU I am going with a 600W 80+Gold, but am wondering if a 700W80+Gold would be worth getting incase I upgrade the graphics card or whole system, and could save on a whole new pwoer supply.

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mhhkb July 11, 2020

For intel, go z490. Then you can take advantage of faster ram like DDR4 3200 or 3600.

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Cazfro July 11, 2020

Is the 3200 or 3600 ram necessary for an Intel cpu though? as in will I notice a massive difference?

The two ram options I have for both the intel and amd, both cost the same so I could get the 3200MHz for intel if I get a different board.

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DPJazzy91 July 11, 2020

I would try to stick with b550 if you go ryzen. Why not a 1660ti instead of a 2060? B550 has a new USB standard, pci4.0 and upgradability to ryzen 4000.

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Cazfro July 11, 2020

I'll have a look at the B550 boards, so mainly for the potential to upgrade to ryzen 4000, and better USBs?


Also I know the RTX 2060 may be a bit overkill, but I felt like I could fork out a little extra for the gpu now cause they are more expensive, and then upgrade the cpu in a couple of years if I need to. I researched a little and it doesn't seem the 2060 will get bottlenecked by the cpu.

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Ryanryan77777777 August 08, 2020

Help choosing Motherboard for 10400

Gigabyte b460m ds3h mobo

Is this a good motherboard? I got 10400 and am getting 16 gb of ram.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0893427LD?tag=pcpapi-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1

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devilindetails666 August 08, 2020

Are you budget conscious? We need more information please. If you tell us that the range is 90$ - 120$, people can suggest some. if you are asking, is this MB specifically good for the price, I think so. Can you tell me, are you okay with WiFI AC over WiFI 6? Etc? Most of the motherboards will be fine in general. It will mainly depend on feature sets, power phase delivery, etc. price goes up as you look for more features and higher grade components on MB.

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devilindetails666 August 08, 2020

Just one other observation other than WiFi and BT being a generation older than latest, there are no reviews on amazon for this. i generally go for stuff which have been reviewed by lot of people. I am okay with a few giving 0 stars, but if avg is good and number of people have reviewed it and listed out the downside, its a safe bet. With exceptions of course (such as a brand new product which I know i want, then i dont care about reviews as i become the early adopter with a risk).

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npinandito August 02, 2020

Help Me Decide! 10400 vs 10500/10600

Hey I recently sold my 4670k because it ran poorly on some games and decided to grab myself a new cpu. I wanted to buy 10400F but it's out of stock everywhere and I do not want to buy R5 3600 simply because I don't have a cooler bracket (is this correct?) for my corsair h110i and literally no one here sell one.

So my question is, should I get the 10400 or 10500/10600? I would spend the extra money if either 10500/10600 performs much better for gaming and everyday tasks. I'm gonna pair my new cpu with 1070 ti. I'm not gonna upgrade my cpu for at least 3-4 years so I need better future proofing cpu. For now, I use my pc mainly for games and some light editing work. But in the future I could see myself needing multi-threaded performance for my work.

10400 is 200$ 10500 is 220$ 10600 is 240$

Thanks!

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NeedleInsideMyWeiner August 02, 2020

Cooler bracket? Do you mean the thing that's on the back of the motherboard. Because that's included with the motherboard.

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npinandito August 02, 2020

No. I mean this https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Accessories-%7C-Parts/PC-Components/Cooling/AM4-AMD-Retention-Bracket-Kit-for-Hydro-Series™-Coolers/p/CW-8960046

Sorry don't know the exact word as English isn't my first language

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TIK_GT August 02, 2020

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=corsair+am4+bracket&sprefix=Corsair+AM4+Brac&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16

Problem solved

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e0nflux August 03, 2020

10400 as the others jump in price quite substantially . Be aware, if you pair any i5 10th gen cpu with a non z490 motherboard , the mobo will limit your ram speed. This just happened to me. Went with a cheaper mobo and 10400 and it would not let me use my memory at its fastest speed. It will only let you with z490 or i7 , i9. I was super pissed. My next build will definitely be zen 3.

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OlafGame August 02, 2020

10400+Z490+good RAM - get some good cooler and take power limits and 10400 will act like 10600 I would recommend Elite AC with Viper Steel 4400CL19

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TIK_GT August 02, 2020

Ngl that sounds really unbalanced and stupid, would it really be worth it?

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npinandito August 02, 2020

Z490 is like 150$ more expensive than b460, I'm planning to buy b460 since it's cheaper and is already good enough for me.

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Cazfro July 11, 2020

Help Choosing 9th Gen i5-9400f vs 10th Gen i5-10400?

I am currently in the process of deciding on all my parts for my new pc. Currently, I am stuck with choosing between the i5-9400f and the i5-10400 . Both CPUs are within my price budget. I am pairing it with an RTX 2060 (not the super at this point I think).

I am wondering is it worth spending a little extra on the new 10th Gen intel CPU, or is it not worth it and I should just save a little. Also, are the 12 threads on the i5-10400 worth it?

Another question I have is do I need to buy CPU Cooler if the processor comes with a stock one? I am going a little overboard I think on the case fans if that makes a difference. (I still haven't decided on a case but all of the ones I'm choosing from have a mesh front with 2 intakes & 2 exhaust. One has 3 intakes instead) I may be willing to buy an AiO for the CPU if it still fits in my budget and if there is room in the case I end up getting.

The rest of the build is pretty standard: a 1TB NVMe SSD and I'll get a SATA SSD or HDD later. 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM. A 600W 80+Gold PSU.

Also if anyone has recommendations for Motherboards that would be great to hear as well. I am looking at an Asus Prime B365M-A mATX for the 9400f, and a Gigabyte B460M DS3H(wifi/bt) for the 10400.

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/tftsGc i5-9400f

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/BFMDWb i5-10400

I am going to use this pc for gaming but I will need to do some 3D modelling stuff with uni as well, but I think either option should be able to handle this. Also using a 144Hz monitor so am looking at 100fps+ in most games, I've been playing on low settings for years now with my laptop so even medium/high settings would be fine with me, no need for Ultra unless it can handle it.

Also, I'm in New Zealand.

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Salvboss July 16, 2020

Do you already have a motherboard?

If not, I strongly recommend the Ryzen 5 3600 and a B450 tomahawk max (if you can get one).

That chip will pair perfectly with the 2060 and it comes with a great stock cpu cooler.

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Cazfro July 09, 2020

have not bought any of the parts yet. Another post I made someone suggested looking to the AMD processors too I've just never put the time in to research about them.

I'll have a look at that mobo too, thanks :)

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Cazfro July 11, 2020

Any particular reason for the tomahawk b450?

Was thinking about the Asus Prime B450M-A instead as it is a bit cheaper

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Intel’s new Core i5-10400 is a locked 6-core, 12-thread processor that operates at between 2.9 GHz and 4.3 GHz depending on the workload. The reason the base clock is so low relative to the i5 ...
Intel's new Core i5-10400F offers a large performance jump over the previous generation Core i5-9400F because of its six-core/twelve-thread design. In this Core i5-10400F review we also test the feasibility of overclocking through BCLK, or by relaxing the PL1 and PL2 Turbo Limits.
We're reviewing Intel's new Core i5-10400 CPU and benchmarking it with 3200MHz and 2666MHz memory, mostly vs. the AMD Ryzen 3300X, 3600, and Intel 10600K. Sponsor: MSI Z490I Unify Mini-ITX (Amazon ...
However, as already mentioned the Core i5-10400 is using faster memory which isn’t supported on H and B series motherboards, therefore, we can sure that the chip will be at least 5-10% slower than the 3600XT in these titles. Then again, the official MSRP of the 10400 is roughly $100 less than the 3600XT’s $249.
All K-models and also certain batches of the Core i5-10400(F) use the large 10-core die, in which two or four cores are disabled accordingly, as well as the integrated graphic unit if necessary. Additionally, STIM (Soldered Thermal Interface Material) is used here, as well as a thinner die, respectively a thicker heatspreader.
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Regev July 27, 2020
Which of these is the best CPU+cooler+motherboard combo?
Hey guys!

So, I got a 1TB NVMe, a 700W Platinum+ SFX-L, and a kit of 32GB 3200. Thanks to your advice, I was gonna get the i9-9900 (at 50% off from a family member working for Intel), but when I went to find an ITX motherboard the only one I found in my country that can sustain an i9 is the Phantom, which costs $258. I also read that I'd need to buy a cooler cause the Intel 9th gen stock one sucks, so it's another $59 for the L12S.

I'm reconsidering options before ordering. Here are possible combinations I found (all with mITX motherboards). I do not need a video card at all, it's purely for productivity uses (lots of text, very heavy browser use, web developing, and some programming). When necessary, I factored in the cheapest 1030 that I found. Also, I used the stock cooler (hope it's enough) on all builds (except the 9900). Listed in order of price:

  • Ryzen 5 3400G = $271 (B350) or $301 (B450)
  • i3 10100 = $300 (B460) or $336 (Z490)
  • i5 10400 = $390 (B460) or $426 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700 = $396 (B350) or $427 (B450) or $497 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600 = $402 (B350) or $419 (B450) or $493 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10500 = $412 (B460) or $448 (Z490)
  • i5 10600 = $427 (B460) or $463 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 2700X = $430 (B350) or $461 (B450) or $531 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 5 3600X = $432 (B350) or $463 (B450) or $533 (X470/B550)
  • i5 10600K = $482 (B460) or $518 ( Z490)
  • Ryzen 5 3600XT = $490 (B350) or $521 (B450) or $591 (X470/B550)
  • Ryzen 7 3700X = $529 (B350) or $560 (B450) or $630 (X470/B550)
  • i7 10700 = $568 (B460) or $604 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800X = $574 (B350) or $605 (B450, $675 (X470/B550)
  • i9 9900 = $590 (50% off on CPU, pricey Z390 + Noctua L12S)
  • i7 10700K = $628 (B460) or $664 (Z490)
  • Ryzen 7 3800XT = $653 (B350) or $684 (B450) or $754 (X470/B550)
  • Which configuration gives the best bang for the buck for the uses I listed (without suffering any productivity setback)? Still the i9?

    Thanks <3
    K
    Karadjgne December 26, 2012
    Things take time. It takes a cpu a certain amount of time to render anything, game frame, web page etc. A stronger cpu can do things in less time as it has more available resources to work with. A 3700x might render a page in 1 second, a 3400G might take 2 seconds. To a cpu that's a huge improvement, massive really. To you, you blinked and it was over with. Can't really say just exactly how much of a difference there is on such a small scale. But when it comes to large scale, that's a different story. Play gta5 on a 3400G and 3700x, there's a fps difference, then add in streaming and the 4 cores of the 3400G just got swamped and fps drops like a bad habit. The 8/16 of the 3700x doesn't even blink.

    Mmorpgs online are even worse. All that AI can be seriously detrimental to fps. I play swtor and in single player ultra have no issues on an i7-3770K with getting 90fps+. 8man op and I'm into 60-90fps range, 16man op and I'm averaging 30fps with all cpu details disabled/min and a 24man world boss fight is miserable at 5-10fps and everything disabled. Just way too much, too intensive, too cpu challenging for even a 8thread i7 at 4.6GHz to handle. 3400G will be far worse as it has no Lcache and not nearly the same resources, even if it does have better IPC. Fastest runner in the world is useless if he has a ball and chain around 1 ankle. Make him stronger, make the chain longer and he'll just lick it up and run.

    B450m-H is a value motherboard. More tailored towards the 3600 or lesser cpus. It'll handle a 3700x just fine under normal circumstances, but Ryzens are dynamic cpus, they boost according to voltages, temps, loads. With no heatsink the VRM's will run hotter and will limit the boosting ability of the cpu. They won't overheat, but instead of seeing nice high boosts, you'll be relegated to more minimal boosts. The cpu will protect itself and the motherboard from excessive power draws.
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    dradu20 June 03, 2020
    intel 10th gen
    Hello everyone!I want to upgrade my pc.
    I have to choose first between 10th and 9th gen of Intel's CPUs,I want to hear your opinions(I heard that 10th gen performs worst than 9th gen).
    Second I was thinking about getting the 10th gen (not a big difference in money where I live between the 9th gen).The question is between i5-10400 and i7-10700k (I will not overclock it but that's the only option where I live),it's worth the money for i7?(it's double the money of i5).I want to use the pc for games and also for unreal engine and blender.
    Any thoughts are welcome!
    My pc right now:
    CPU:i5-4670
    GPU:nvidia 1060 6gb
    256 ssd+1tb hdd
    16gb ram

    I plan on building:
    CPU:to be decided
    GPU:same
    256ssd+1tb ssd
    32gb ram

    I know that I have to change also the motherboard.
    Thank you!
    S
    sizzling October 18, 2006
    I wouldn’t even look at 9th gen now. You will be buying an end of life motherboard chipset with little or no upgrade path and a cpu with worse price/performance ratio. For example the i7 10700k is i9 9900k performance at an i7 price. Whoever told you 10th gen performs worse should be ignored.

    Have you considered an AMD option?