Intel Core i5 series processors have been the sweetest deal for mainstream gaming and productivity workloads since 2010. However, AMD hugely disrupted Intel’s consistency in the market by launching Zen Core architecture based CPUs called Ryzen series back in 2017. Anyway, Intel released 9th Gen Core CPUs like prominent i9-9900KF, i7-9700KF, and i5-9400F this year. The Sufix “F” means the absence of Integrated Graphics which are found usually on all CPU predecessors. Looks like, Intel has seriously woke up from hibernation and is bringing in relevant CPUs for the consumer market by cutting cost on Integrated Graphics.
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Concerning hot competition from Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs, Intel finally decided to cut prices on existing products. Most notable choice by mainstream budget gamers is i5-9400F that requires discrete graphics solution. Recently, Intel cut price on i5-9400F by 17% making its cost only $150 on Amazon. Original recommended customer price was $182. On the other hand, gamers also want to stream their game and edit some videos a while. Therefore, Ryzen 5 3600 with 6 Cores 12 Threads supported by 35 MB total cache comes into consideration for majority budget streamers because they need multithreaded raw performance compared to i5-9400F having only 6 Cores and no extra threads. Nevertheless, i5-9400F is attracting budget oriented players who prefer to save more funds for GPU performance. Taking into account that Intel’s basic stock cooler is also included in the package which helps to cheap out on aftermarket coolers. i5-9400F’s direct competitor, Ryzen 5 3600 includes Wraith Stealth cooler for lite overclocking and Intel has locked OC feature for i5-9400F. Overall performance crown belongs to $199 priced Ryzen 5 3600 but the price is 25% more expensive than the i5-9400F. For best performance parity we recommend i5-9400F paired with Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1660 Ti that will give you stable frame rates even on heavy triple-A titles like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The choice is yours when it comes to hardware selection between these famous brands: