Ryzen 5 3600 vs Core i5-9400F: Which One Is The Mainstream King? Application and Gaming Benchmarks

Third generation Ryzen processors are still under comparison tests with Intel’s 9th generation CPUs which was the fastest and most reliable. Youtube channel Hardware Unboxed just released a video that compares Ryzen 5 3600 and core i5-9400F which is the cheapest in core i5’s family. A test setup included: 16GB DDR4 3200 RAM, Z390 motherboard, RTX 2080 Ti, latest Win 10 updates and BIOS drivers.

Let’s see the test results (Pictures are taken from Hardware Unboxed YouTube channel)

Cinebench R20 Benchmark (single-core test)

On single-core test Ryzen 5 3600 gets 14% greater score

Cinebench R20 Benchmark (multi-core test)

Here the core i5-9400F is slower by 52%

WinRAR Benchmark (Multi-threading 64-bit)

Ryzen 5 3600 is 84% faster

7-Zip  File Manager (Compression) Benchmark

Core i5-9400F is 57% slower here

7-Zip File Manager (Decompression) Benchmark

Ryzen 5 3600 is 66% faster

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 Benchmark

Core i5-9400F is 26% slower

V-Ray Benchmark

Ryzen 5 3600 is 49% faster

Corona 1.3 Benchmark

Core i5-9400F is 58% slower

Blender Open Data Benchmarks

Ryzen 5 3600 is 53% faster

Blender Open Data System Power Consumption Benchmarks

Core i5-9400F consumes 22% less power.

Now let’s see gaming benchmarks without comments

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (DX11) Benchmarks

Battlefield 5 [DX 11]

Shadow of the Tomb Raider [DX 12]

The Division 2 [DX 12]

Far Cry New Dawn [DX 11]

Rage 2 [Vulkan]

Hitman 2 [DX 12]

Total War: Three Kingdoms [DX 11]

We just move now to check the cost per frame rates (1% low min FPS and avg frame rate).

Hardware Unboxed says:

“This is quite interesting on average the Ryzen 5 3600 was just Olympic percent faster than 9400F and while
that is partly due to some CPU limited title such as Hitman 2 and Rage 2 but I don’t feel it’s a misleading Margin given the Intel CPU should be at least as fast and older titles. We got a glimpse of that in Far Cry which is built on a dated game engine this means overall the R5 3600 was 20% more costly per frame but that can actually be a little bit misleading because at times the 9400 F wasn’t nearly as smooth as the Ryzen processor so let’s move on to check out the 1% low results here the Ryzen 5 3600 was just 12% more costly per frame.

So we’re getting close to the insignificant margin here. The only problem I have with this graph is that it doesn’t take into account that the 9400F was indeed suffering stuttering issues in games such as Battlefield 5 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for example meanwhile in tales such as Far Cry new dawn where the rise in the processor was slower it was still able to deliver a silky smooth gaming experience so well useful for a quick comparison these average graphs don’t always tell the full story. But even if they did the 9400F has a bigger problem. And that problem is the Rysen 5 2600 which provides roughly the same price to performance ratio but on a much more attractive platform and it doesn’t suffer any stuttering issues in any of the games tested this has been Intel’s problem.

Ever since AMD released to the AM4 platform complete with Ryzen processors not only does AMD support 2 4 6 8 now 12 core processors all on the same socket but they’ve managed to do so across three CPU generations, of course, it depends on which motherboard you use. But the AM4 socket does support three generations now this makes recommending Intel’s eighth and ninth generation LGA 1151 platform extremely difficult in 2019 short of a high-end build with a Core i7-9700K or a core i9 can’t really think of a scenario where it makes an ounce of sense the 9400 F is a perfect example of this future upgrade options will be slim and in a year or two you’ll definitely want more than 6 threads…”

Cost Per Frame [1% low min FPS]

Cost Per Frame [Avg Frame Rate]

Source: Hardware Unboxed via Youtube