AMD Ryzen 5 2600 vs Intel Core i5-8400

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Intel Core i5-8400

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or Intel Core i5-8400 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.90 GHz. Up to 64 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 was released in Q2/2018.

The Intel Core i5-8400 has 6 cores with 6 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.00 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-8400 was released in Q4/2017.
AMD Ryzen 5 (86) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
AMD Ryzen 2000 (9) CPU group Intel Core i 8000 (20)
2 Generation 8
Pinnacle Ridge (Zen+) Architecture Coffee Lake S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor Intel Core i5-7400
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Successor Intel Core i5-9400

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is 3.40 GHz (3.90 GHz) while the Intel Core i5-8400 has 6 CPU cores and 6 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-8400 is at 2.80 GHz (4.00 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-8400
6 Cores 6
12 Threads 6
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading No
Yes Overclocking ? No
3.40 GHz Frequency 2.80 GHz
3.90 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.00 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.80 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-8400
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or Intel Core i5-8400 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

no iGPU GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 1.15 GHz
-- GPU Generation 9.5
Technology 14 nm
Max. displays 3
-- Compute units 24
-- Shader 192
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
-- Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
-- DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

no iGPU GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
No Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
No Codec AVC Decode / Encode
No Codec VC-1 Decode
No Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 can use up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 46.9 GB/s. The Intel Core i5-8400 supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 42.7 GB/s.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-8400
DDR4-2933 Memory DDR4-2666
64 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
46.9 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 42.7 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
16.00 MB L3 Cache 9.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
20 PCIe lanes 16
19.7 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is 65 W, while the Intel Core i5-8400 has a TDP of 65 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-8400
65 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
95 °C Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is manufactured in 12 nm and has 16.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i5-8400 is manufactured in 14 nm and has a 9.00 MB cache.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Characteristic Intel Core i5-8400
12 nm Technology 14 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
AM4 (PGA 1331) Socket LGA 1151-2
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q2/2018 Release date Q4/2017
195 $ Release price 260 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (94%)
Intel Core i5-8400 (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 8 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (97%)
Intel Core i5-8400 (81%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
977 (93%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
1053 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
5351 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
4608 (86%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
1233 (93%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
1322 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
5387 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
4814 (89%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
374 (91%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
411 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
2736 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
2291 (84%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
104 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
79 (76%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
13230 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
9259 (70%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
292.5 (73%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
400.9 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
424 (94%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
450 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
3340 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 2.80 GHz
2482 (74%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
158 (97%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
163 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
1305 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
925 (71%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
62 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
283 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
1040 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.70 GHz
7555 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
6C 6T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
@ 0.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400
Intel UHD Graphics 630 @ 1.15 GHz
442 (100%)

Devices using this processor

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Intel Core i5-8400
Memory PC Aufrüst-Kit Bundle AMD Ryzen 5 2600
CSL Sprint D10088X (Ryzen 5)
Memory Gaming PC AMD Ryzen 5 2600
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