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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-9500F 6-Core 3.0GHz Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 4% 0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 29% 26%
Halo: Reach 60% 59%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 6% 11%
FIFA 20 31% 28%
Borderlands 3 4% 0%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 15%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 4% 0%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 4% 0%
eFootball PES 2020 21% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-9500F 6-Core 3.0GHz is noticeably better than the Intel Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i5-9500F 6-Core was released less than a year after the Core i5-9400F 6-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i5-9500F 6-Core and the Core i5-9400F 6-Core both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i5-9500F 6-Core 3.0GHz and the Intel Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz have the same number of threads. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i5-9500F 6-Core and Core i5-9400F 6-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i5-9500F 6-Core has a 0.1 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Core i5-9500F 6-Core and the Core i5-9400F 6-Core have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake RCoffee Lake
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date23 Apr 201931 Jan 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads6vs6
Clock Speed3 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.4 GHzvs4.1 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size1536 KBvs-
L3 Cache Size9 MBvs9 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mmvs37.5mm x 37.5mm
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Core i5-9500F 6-Core 3.0GHz is a mid-range CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It is identical to the Core i5-9500 except it does not feature integrated graphics. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 4.4GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The i5-9500F has 9MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 128GB DDR-2666 MHz memory. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated, and its multiplier is not unlocked. This Core i5-9500F CPU offers above average gaming performance and should not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC in 2019. It will be able to play all modern games at 60fps comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU. However, performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz.The Intel Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz is a mid-range CPU based on Intel's 9th Gen 14nm, Coffee Lake refresh microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical) initially clocked at 2.9GHz, which may go up to 4.1GHz using Turbo Boost. It does not have an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 9MB of SmartCache. Intel SmartCache refers to the architecture that allows all cores to dynamically share access to the last level cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. The Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many advanced features are Intel Optane Memory support, Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization technology. It Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz features no onboard integrated graphics. This CPU is likely to offer decent computational performance and will not be a bottleneck in all but the most CPU-intensive AAA games in 2019.

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