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Intel Core i5 9400F vs AMD Ryzen 5 3600

We compared two 6-core desktop CPUs: the 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 9400F against the 3.6 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 3600 and 9400F
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Has 23 MB larger L3 cache size
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 14 nanometers
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Newer - released 6-months later
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • Around 6.08 GB/s (15%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 10% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1198 vs 1092 points
  • 2% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.2 GHz vs 4.1 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
3534
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2549
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
17625
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1184
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6584

Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 9400F and AMD Ryzen 5 3600

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released January 7, 2019 July 7, 2019
Launch price 189 USD 199 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Coffee Lake Zen 2
Model number i5-9400F -
Socket LGA-1151 AM4
Integrated GPU No No

Performance

Cores 6 6
Threads 6 12
Base Frequency 2.9 GHz 3.6 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 4.1 GHz 4.2 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 29x 36x
Bus Bandwidth 8 GT/s -
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 9MB (shared) 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Power

Transistors - 4.9 billions
Fabrication Process 14 nm 7 nm
TDP 65 W 65 W
Max. temperature 100°C 95°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2666 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 41.6 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No No

Misc

Official site Intel Core i5 9400F official page AMD Ryzen 5 3600 official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 20
Instruction Set SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel Core i5 9400F?