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.