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With recently seeing a deal on the Intel Core i5 9400F processor, I picked it up for testing as part of our Spectre / Meltdown / Foreshadow / Zombieload testing since it features some hardware mitigations and is otherwise quite similar to the unmitigated...
The Core i5-9400F represents the most iterative updates possible, yet it clings to the mid-range gaming crown. But the -9400F's lack of Hyper-Threading and a locked multiplier allows the Ryzen 5 2600X to rise up as a more attractive option when we look at...
Leading game performance, Discounted price compared to vanilla Core i5-9400, Flimsy bundled cooler is better than nothing,
Disabled graphics, Locked ratio multiplier, Big price-to-performance disadvantage compared to AMD in threaded workloads
When it comes to gaming it's fair to say there's no wrong option here and the Ryzen 5 2600X and Core i5-9400F are evenly matched. The 9400F is at times faster thanks to better game support and lower latencies, but the 2600X is often able to ensure smoothe...