The Intel Core i5-11400 slots into the Rocket Lake household as a surprisingly well-priced and nimble chip with six cores and 12 threads for a mere $182, or you may go for the graphics-less F-series mannequin for as little as $157. Surprisingly, AMD does not have a contemporary chip to fend off the 11400, so it squares off with AMD’s two-year-old $199 Ryzen 5 3600 that is not aggressive with the 11400 in gaming. That makes for a one-sided battle, leaving Intel to reign uncontested within the entry-level PC gaming market and incomes the Core i5-11400 a spot on our listing of Finest CPUs.
After a number of years of heated competitors, the $150 to $200 worth vary now delivers unbelievable worth with six-core twelve-thread fashions from each AMD and Intel in a phase the place quad-core chips used to dominate. Nevertheless, AMD has largely deserted delivering new merchandise for this worth bracket, as a substitute specializing in constructing out its premium lineup with a Ryzen-refresh XT sequence final yr that did not deal with the sub-$250 market. AMD adopted with the Ryzen 5000 sequence with an extremely steep $300 worth of entry with the beastly Ryzen 5 5600X, once more not refreshing its sub-$200 lineup.
That leaves the Zen 2-powered Ryzen 5 3600 to soldier on because the premiere AMD competitor on this phase although it debuted almost two years in the past. Sadly for AMD, the corporate has grappled with provide points as a result of pandemic and unprecedented demand. Meaning the getting old Ryzen 5 3600 can also be exhausting to search out wherever close to acceptable pricing.
Intel’s Rocket Lake launch introduced the corporate’s first new structure in six years to the desktop PC. Nonetheless, the burden of the getting old 14nm course of proved to be an excessive amount of for the highest-end Rocket Lake fashions, leaving them inadequately geared up in opposition to AMD’s core-heavy Ryzen 5000 flagships. Nevertheless, the brand new Cypress Cove structure does grant a 19% IPC improve, and the ultra-mature 14nm course of additionally hits excessive enhance clocks (albeit on the expense of energy consumption), permitting the Rocket chips to rival AMD’s most interesting in single-threaded work.
|Recommended Worth||Cores / Threads||Base (GHz)||Peak Enhance (Twin/All Core)||TDP||iGPU|
|RKL-S Core i9-11900K (KF)||$539 (Ok) – $513 (KF)||8 / 16||3.5||5.3 / 4.8||125W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 32EU|
|RKL-S Core i7-11700K (KF)||$399 (Ok) – $374 (KF)||8 / 16||3.6||5.0 / 4.6||125W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 32EU|
|RKL-S Core i5-11600K (KF)||$262 (Ok) – $237(KF)||6 / 12||3.9||4.9 (TB2) / 4.6||125W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 32EU|
|RKL-S Core i5-11400 (F)||$182 – $157||6 / 12||2.6||4.4 (TB2) / 4.2||65W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 24EU|
Because of this, Rocket Lake is mostly aggressive with Ryzen 5000 chips with the identical variety of cores. Intel’s pricing can also be aggressive, resulting in unexpectedly good offers for Intel’s mainstream chips. However whereas the Core i5-11600K is a beautiful chip, its $262 worth level is a bit steep for extra value-conscious consumers, particularly as a result of the continued GPU scarcity means they’re going to must dedicate extra of their price range to a graphics resolution.
Given what you will see in our testing under, the Core i5-11400 is certainly one of the best entry-level gaming chip available on the market, significantly when paired with a B-series motherboard. Actually, in the event you aren’t occupied with overclocking to the intense, the Core i5-11400 can also be a much better deal than the Core i5-11600K. You will not have the ability to overclock the 11400’s cores or graphics like you may with the 11600K, and you may lose a few of the 11600K’s peak frequency headroom as a result of 11400’s decrease 65W TDP ranking, however you will acquire an additional $80 you could spend on different components, like a graphics card.
Regardless of its seemingly-low frequency vary, the Core i5-11400 nonetheless beats all comparably-priced CPUs. It may well simply push alongside most graphics playing cards available on the market, particularly at heightened resolutions and constancy settings, and Intel additionally added assist for reminiscence overclocking to B-series motherboards for all SKUs. As we’ll present under, it’s also possible to toggle a number of energy settings within the BIOS to get a sizeable overclock-esque enhance for threaded workloads.
AMD desperately wants a Zen 3 chip on this worth bracket to be aggressive, however it’s hamstrung with Zen 2 processors for now. AMD will not have a solution to the Core i5-11400 till it releases its non-X model of the 5600X to retail, or perhaps a souped-up Ryzen 3 mannequin you could truly purchase (in contrast to the legendary 3300X). Even AMD’s Ryzen 5000G ‘Cezanne’ APUs would possibly make some sense on this worth bracket given the crushing graphics card shortages. These chips aren’t even out there but, although, as a result of AMD has restricted them to the OEM market till later this yr.
All of which means, for now, AMD has utterly ceded the entry-level mainstream gaming phase to Intel. Let’s have a look at how the tables have turned.
Intel Core i5-11400 Specs and Pricing
We have lined the Rocket Lake household in-depth in our launch-day assessment, so head there for finer-grained particulars of the structure and broader product household. Intel spreads the Rocket Lake (RKL-S) chips throughout the acquainted Core i9, i7, and i5 households, however Comet Lake Refresh (CML-R) chips step in for Core i3 and Pentium. These chips function the identical structure as different Comet Lake chips however include barely elevated clock speeds. You possibly can be taught extra about them right here.
Intel’s chip frequencies have develop into a complicated array of 4 totally different flavors of Turbo Enhance, many with each single- and multi-core ratios, that differ primarily based on every household of chips. We have narrowed these listings all the way down to the height enhance frequencies within the desk under, with every indicating the height boosting tech used. You’ll find extra info on Rocket Lake’s enhance tech and a extra expansive itemizing of all of the frequencies right here.
|Recommended Worth||Cores / Threads||Base (GHz)||Peak Enhance (Twin/All Core)||TDP||iGPU||L3|
|Ryzen 7 5800X||$449||8 / 16||3.8||4.7||105W||None||32MB (1×32)|
|RKL-S Core i7-11700K (KF)||$399 (Ok) – $374 (KF)||8 / 16||3.6||5.0 (TB3) / 4.6||125W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 32EU||16MB|
|Ryzen 5 5600X||$299||6 / 12||3.7||4.6||65W||None||32MB (1×32)|
|RKL-S Core i5-11600K (KF)||$262 (Ok) – $237(KF)||6 / 12||3.9||4.9 (TB2) / 4.6||125W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 32EU||12MB|
|RKL-S Core i5-11400 (F)||$182 – $157||6 / 12||2.6||4.4 (TB2) / 4.2||65W||UHD Graphics 750 Xe 24EU||12MB|
|CML-S Core i5-10400||$182||6 / 12||2.9||4.3||65W||UHD Graphics 630||12MB|
|Ryzen 5 3600||$200||6 / 12||3.6||4.2||65W||N/A||3MB|
|CML-R Core i3-10325||$154||4 / 8||3.9||4.7 / 4.5||65W||UHD Graphics 630||8MB|
Rocket’s latest enhance tech does not apply to the Core i5-11400 — the chip merely tops out at a 4.4 GHz turbo on one core and 4.2 GHz on all cores with Intel’s Turbo Enhance 2.0 (TB2) expertise, which is the corporate’s most elementary and easy enhance mechanism. Offered you give the chip satisfactory cooling (technically the inventory cooler is satisfactory) and energy, you must have the ability to hit these enhance frequencies.
The Core i5-11400 comes with a 65W PL1 (base frequency-TDP) ranking and a 154W PL2 (energy throughout enhance) ranking, which is significantly higher than the 11600K’s 125W PL1 and 251W PL2. Meaning the chip will generate far much less warmth than the pricier overclockable mannequin, however that requires stepping down from a 3.9 GHz base frequency with the 11600K to the 11400’s 2.6 GHz, to not point out shedding 500 MHz of peak enhance frequency.
All of those identical guidelines apply to the Core i5-11400F, besides it comes with out the built-in UHD Graphics 750 Xe engine with 32EUs that you’re going to discover on the usual 11400 mannequin. Except for shedding QuickSync capabilities or the power to make use of the iGPU as a backup resolution, sacrificing the built-in graphics models will not imply a lot to the overwhelming majority of players purchasing on this worth vary. Nevertheless, you get a $25 low cost for forgoing graphics, and at $157, the Core i5-11400F is an incredible worth.
The Core i5-11400 comes with a inventory cooler, however as with all Intel coolers, it is a flimsy affair that the majority fanatics ought to plan on changing. As we’ll define under, the cooler is satisfactory in the event you run the chip strictly inside Intel’s really helpful energy tips, however the chip runs quicker with a extra succesful cooler. You additionally should not plan on eradicating energy limits in the event you’re utilizing the inventory cooler.
As with the remainder of the Rocket Lake lineup, the 11400 helps 20 lanes of PCIe 4.0, with 4 devoted to 1 M.2 slot. Nevertheless, the chipset nonetheless stays on PCIe 3.0, so you will solely discover assist for a single M.2 slot on 500-series motherboards. That also a strong step up from the PCIe 3.0 interface with the previous-gen Comet Lake processors. PCIe assist could be a bit tough with the Rocket Lake chips, particularly given that the majority of them additionally drop into 400-series motherboards with various trade-offs. Now we have a breakdown within the motherboard part right here.
Intel has stepped ahead from DDR4-2933 to DDR4-3200, however the firm additionally launched a brand new paradigm with Rocket Lake: Solely the Core i9 chips assist DDR4-3200 in an optimum configuration at inventory settings. This setting is known as ‘Gear 1’ and signifies that the reminiscence controller and reminiscence function on the identical frequency (1:1), thus offering the bottom latency and greatest efficiency in lightly-threaded work, like gaming.
All different Rocket Lake chips, together with the Core i5-11400, solely formally assist DDR4-3200 with the ‘Gear 2’ setting, which permits the reminiscence to function at twice the frequency of the reminiscence controller (2:1) and ends in greater knowledge switch charges. This will profit some threaded workloads but additionally ends in greater latency that may result in decreased efficiency in some purposes — significantly gaming. Now we have but to see a scenario the place Gear 2 makes a lot sense for fanatics. As a substitute, this setting is most helpful for these chasing overclocking frequency information that do not equate to real-world efficiency boosts.
The official prime pace for the Gear 1 setting is DDR4-2933 for all Core i7 and i5 chips, and working DDR4-3200 in lower-latency Gear 1 mode is taken into account overclocking. If you happen to plan to run the Core i5-11400 at DDR4-3200, you will have to make use of the Gear 2 setting if you wish to keep inside the strict confines of the guarantee. That stated, Intel is not recognized for harsh reminiscence overclocking restrictions when processing returns, however working reminiscence past the spec does technically void your guarantee. We have discovered that Gear 1 gives one of the best all-around efficiency, in order that’s all you will see in our testing.
Intel Core i5-11400 Check Setup, Overclocking, and Thermals
If you happen to’re occupied with gaming and software efficiency, they’re up subsequent (be at liberty to skip ahead). We additionally embrace energy and effectivity testing after the gaming and software checks.
Intel has really helpful Energy Stage 1 (PL1 — enhance energy), Energy Stage 2 (PL2 — sustained energy), and Tau (enhance period) variables for all of its chips, however motherboard distributors are free to exceed these suggestions, even at inventory settings, to distinguish their motherboards. As such, efficiency has lengthy various by motherboard primarily based on the respective energy settings. Our normal coverage is to permit the motherboard to exceed Intel’s really helpful energy limits, offered the chip stays inside warrantied working situations.
These identical guidelines apply to the cheaper B-Sequence motherboards that make one of the best pairing for the Core i5-11400, and you may manually configure these settings, too, with most motherboards (you need to use Throttlestop software program in case your board does not enable lifting the ability limits). Actually, lifting the ability limits in your motherboard may give you an honest enhance in multi-threaded work. It is not fairly overclocking, however as you may see under, it does assist in multi-threaded workloads.
As you may see above, lifting the ability limits and/or utilizing a greater cooler has little to no affect on single-threaded efficiency, however these elements have a big effect on multi-threaded work. Our multi-threaded rating above measures efficiency primarily based on a geometrical imply of an important threaded workloads in our suite. To seek out one of the best setups for our major take a look at suite, we ran a sequence of checks with these configurations:
- Core i5-11400 AIO No PL Mem OC: Corsair H115i 280mm water cooler, energy limits eliminated, reminiscence overclocked to DDR4-3600 in Gear 1 mode (Gear 2 ends in efficiency regressions)
- Core i5-11400 AIO No PL: Corsair H115i 280mm water cooler, energy limits eliminated, inventory DDR4-2933 reminiscence in Gear 1 mode (Gear 2 ends in efficiency regressions)
- Core i5-11400 Inventory Cooler No PL: Inventory cooler, no energy limits, inventory DDR4-2933 in Gear 1
- Core i5-11400 AIO: Corsair H115i 280mm water cooler, energy limits enforced, inventory DDR4-2933 in Gear 1
- Core i5-11400 Inventory Cooler: Inventory cooler, energy limits enforced, inventory DDR4-2933 in Gear 1
As per our normal coverage, we examined the Core i5-11400 with its bundled cooler. We discovered that whereas it really works fantastic with the ability limits enforced, it falls flat after we raise these limits. A liquid cooler additionally permits the chip to stay in boosted states for longer durations of time, thus offering extra efficiency than the inventory cooler even when the ability limits are strictly enforced. In distinction, eradicating the ability limits with the inventory cooler unlocks extra efficiency, however it comes at the price of extreme throttling. As anticipated, utilizing a water cooler along with the lifted energy limits ends in one of the best efficiency.
The ultimate sequence of slides in our album above reveals temperature, frequency, and energy plots for 3 configurations throughout a sequence of multi-threaded workloads (Corona ray-tracing, a number of HandBrake runs, POV-Ray, Cinebench R20, and 4 totally different Blender renders — methodology right here).
The massive takeaway right here is that the inventory cooler permits the chip to function inside the protected temperature envelope the overwhelming majority of the time below heavy load, with just a few sporadic peaks to 100C — however that solely applies after we implement the ability limits. Eradicating the ability limits simply overwhelms the inventory cooler, leaving the chip pegged at 100C throughout a lot of the workload. The ultimate plot reveals that the watercooled chip unsurprisingly performs a lot better below all situations and maintains greater enhance thresholds that equate to extra efficiency.
We used the Z590 ASUS Maximus XIII Hero for testing to supply a stage enjoying discipline for all chips within the take a look at pool, however bear in mind that B-series motherboards are one of the best pairing for these chips. Intel has now enabled reminiscence overclocking on its B560 and H570 chipsets, and that can work with any chip that’s appropriate with the platform, which means all Tenth-Gen Comet Lake, Eleventh-Gen Rocket Lake, and Eleventh-Gen Comet Lake Refresh processors. We dialed in DDR4-3600 with 15-15-15-36 timings in Gear 1 mode for our Reminiscence OC configuration.
The No Energy Restrict (No PL) take a look at configurations use solely unrestricted PL1 and PL2 settings, basically eradicating the Tau (enhance period) limitation. Naturally, these lifted energy limits equate to extra energy consumption, and thus extra warmth, as outlined in our energy and thermal checks above. As with all non-Ok Intel chips, you can’t change the multiplier for core frequency, or the BCLK, on any motherboard. Nevertheless, lifting the ability limits is taken into account a rudimentary overclock, however it does not void the guarantee. As you will see, it is definitely worth the effort.
Intel Core i5-11400 Gaming Benchmarks
Intel Core i5-11400 Gaming Efficiency — The TLDR
Our checks above included a complete of 5 configurations that we used for general efficiency characterization. For the sake of maintaining the charts as clear as attainable, we solely plotted the next settings all through our take a look at suite as a result of they signify the optimum settings for every sort of cooling resolution:
- Core i5-11400 AIO No PL Mem OC: Examined with Corsair H115i 280mm water cooler, energy limits eliminated, reminiscence overclocked to DDR4-3600 in Gear 1 mode (Gear 2 ends in efficiency regressions)
- Core i5-11400 AIO No PL: Examined with Corsair H115i 280mm water cooler, energy limits eliminated, inventory DDR4-2933 reminiscence in Gear 1 mode (Gear 2 ends in efficiency regressions)
- Core i5-11400 Inventory Cooler: Inventory cooler, energy limits enforced, inventory DDR4-2933 in Gear 1
Under you may see the geometric imply of our gaming checks at 1080p and 1440p, with every decision break up into its personal chart to present us an honest general view of the present panorama. As per ordinary, we’re testing with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 to cut back GPU-imposed bottlenecks as a lot as attainable, and variations between take a look at topics will shrink with lesser playing cards or greater resolutions. You may discover the game-by-game breakdowns additional under.
AMD merely does not have a price-competitive chip that may compete in gaming with both the Core i5-11400 or Core i5-11400F. The $182 Core i5-11400 delivers a blowout victory over the Ryzen 5 3600 that always retails for $200, or extra. Actually, you may decide up the graphics-less Core i5-11400F for $237, which is a steal given this stage of gaming efficiency. (Keep in mind, the 11400F will carry out the identical because the non-F mannequin.)
We use the pricier overclocked Ryzen 5 3600X chip because the stand-in for the overclocked Ryzen 5 3600 (these two chips are very related after overclocking). Even working the Ryzen 5 3600X within the auto-overclocked Precision Enhance Overdrive (PBO) configuration does little to even the rating at 1080p – the Core i5-11400 in its slowest configuration with a inventory cooler and energy limits enforced is 8.5% quicker than the overclocked Ryzen 5 3600X with a 280mm liquid cooler.
Moreover, the Core i5-11400 is nineteen% quicker than the overclocked 3600X after we prime the Intel chip with its personal 280mm water cooler, take away the ability limits, and overclock the reminiscence. Actually, the beastly Ryzen 5 5600X is simply 7% quicker than the tuned Core i5-11400, however at a $118 premium. You may additionally discover that the tuned $182 Core i5-11400 basically ties the inventory Core i5-11600K, however for $80 much less.
Flipping over to the 1440p take a look at outcomes reveal smaller deltas, simply as you’d anticipate, however it’s clear that the Core i5-11400 has the uncontested gaming efficiency lead over the opposite chips in its worth class — and that is primarily based on the steered pricing in our charts above. The AMD Ryzen chips are at the moment promoting far over their steered pricing, typically to the tune of $80 to $100 extra.
Lastly, the Core i5-11400 with overclocked reminiscence is 4.7% quicker at 1080p and a couple of.7% quicker at 1440p. The affect of overclocked reminiscence can differ tremendously by title, with some video games like Far Cry 5, Hitman 2, Challenge Vehicles 3, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider displaying a lot better scaling than implied by the geometric imply that features a few titles that do not reply nicely to reminiscence overclocking.
3D Mark, VRMark, Stockfish Chess Engine on Intel Core i5-11400
We run these artificial gaming checks as a part of our major software take a look at script. We use an RTX 2080 Ti for these checks to facilitate quicker testing, however we use an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 for all different gaming benchmarks (we do not embrace these artificial checks for the previous cumulative measurements).
The Stockfish take a look at outcomes present the large divide in threaded workloads between the Core i5-11400 with a inventory cooler and enforced energy limits and the configuration with a liquid cooler and unrestricted energy limits. The 3000-series Ryzen 5 chips take the lead right here on this artificial scaling take a look at, however not by a lot.
Shifting on to the DX11 and DX12 checks, we see the Core i5-11400 take the lead over the Ryzen 5 3600X and 3600, however not by an unlimited margin. The Core i5-11400 takes a extra significant lead over the 3000-series Ryzen chips within the VRMark take a look at that prizes per-core efficiency. Right here we are able to additionally see the Core i5-11600K’s greater peak frequencies come into play because it beats the 11400, however the Ryzen 5 5600X is simply as spectacular as ever because it takes the highest of the chart.
Borderlands 3 on Intel Core i5-11400
The tuned Core i5-11400 surprisingly runs neck-and-neck with the overclocked Ryzen 5 5600X at 1080p and 1440p, reminding us that the winner of the battle between Rocket Lake and Zen 3 varies primarily based on the title.
Nevertheless, we’re right here to check chips with related pricing, which implies Rocket Lake versus the Zen 2 Ryzen 3000-series chips. In that contest, AMD does not win a single battle in any of the titles under.
Given the Core i5-11400’s blowout wins in opposition to like-priced chips (sure, we’re referring to steered pricing and never the present scalping we see at retail for the Ryzen chips), we’ll have very restricted commentary on the next titles, besides the place there may be some stage of competitors.
Far Cry 5 on Intel Core i5-11400
Hitman 2 on Intel Core i5-11400
Hitman 2 does not scale nicely from 1080p to 1440p, at the very least not on the heightened constancy settings we use for the benchmark. We caught with the 1080p take a look at for this title as a result of the identical developments carry over to 1440p. Once more, there actually is not a lot to say for this title — the Core i5-11400 is the uncontested chief in its worth vary by a big margin. We do see that the Core i5-11400 with overclocked reminiscence is 6.6% quicker than the inventory reminiscence config, which is an honest acquire for no less than fuss.
Challenge CARS 3 on Intel Core i5-11400
Right here we see that the Core i5-11400 with overclocked reminiscence is 9.4% quicker than the identical configuration with inventory reminiscence settings. It is a strong acquire for a dead-simple DDR4-3600 overclock.
Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 on Intel Core i5-11400
Right here we see the lone win for any Ryzen 3000 processor in opposition to the Core i5-11400. The overclocked Ryzen 5 3600X takes a lead over the Core i5-11400 with the strict energy limits enforced and a inventory cooler. Uncorking the 11400’s energy limits provides it the win.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Intel Core i5-11400
Intel Core i5-11400 Software Benchmarks, The TLDR:
We will boil down productiveness software efficiency into two broad classes: single- and multi-threaded. The primary slide has a geometrical imply of efficiency in a number of of our single-threaded checks. Right here the advantages of Intel’s Cypress Cove structure are clear because the Core i5-11400 is ~13% quicker than the competing Ryzen 5 3600 at inventory settings and 9% quicker after we overclock the Zen 2 silicon. The Core i5-11400 does not expertise any uplift in single-threaded work from lifting the ability limits, however it simply beats the comparably-priced Ryzen processors.
The geometric imply of our threaded software workload outcomes reveals that the Ryzen 3000 processors are nonetheless aggressive in threaded work, which is not too shocking as a result of they’ve the identical variety of cores and threads. The Ryzen 5 3600 is 12.7% quicker in our cumulative measurement in the event you prime the Core i5-11400 with the inventory cooler and power it to strictly adhere to Intel’s really helpful energy settings. Nevertheless, eradicating the Core i5-11400’s energy limits provides it a ~14% lead over the inventory Ryzen 5 3600 and an ~11% lead over the overclocked 3600X.
Taken as a complete, the Core i5-11400 has a greater mix of efficiency all through our full suite of software checks under. The 11400’s massive lead in single-threaded work is spectacular, and its seeming deficiency in threaded work is well offset just by topping it with a extra succesful cooler. With a greater cooler, it matches the Ryzen 5 3600 even with the ability limits strictly enforced. Moreover, eradicating the ability limits provides it the uncontested lead in threaded work.
Rendering Benchmarks on Intel Core i5-11400
As anticipated given the developments we recognized from the measurements above, the Core i5-11400 takes the lead in all single-threaded rendering work, together with Cinbench R20 and POV-Ray.
We see extra competitors in closely threaded work, with the Core i5-11400 struggling by the hands of one more largely nugatory Intel inventory cooler. With the inventory cooler, the 11400 loses to the 3000-series Ryzen fashions in nearly each threaded take a look at. Nevertheless, topping the chip with a greater cooler and eradicating the ability limits provides it the lead throughout the board.
Encoding Benchmarks on Intel Core i5-11400
Our encoding checks embrace benchmarks that reply greatest to single-threaded efficiency, just like the quintessential LAME and FLAC examples, however the SVT-AV1 and SVT-HEVC checks signify a more recent class of threaded encoders.
Intel’s Core i5-11400 takes the lead over its similarly-priced opponents within the LAME benchmark, whereas we see a near-tie throughout the board in FLAC. We see bigger positive factors for the 11400 within the threaded SVT-AV1 and HEVC encoder checks, however solely after we lifted the ability limits and used a extra highly effective cooler.
Switching gears to HandBrake, which we take a look at in each AVX-light x264 and AVX-heavy x265 flavors, reveals that the Core i5-11400, once more with the correct cooler and lifted energy limits, can beat the Ryzen 3000 chips. However the deltas are slim.
Internet Looking on Intel Core i5-11400
These benchmarks are nearly completely lightly-threaded, so Intel’s Core i5-11400 takes a simple lead in opposition to the Ryzen 3000 chips.
Workplace and Productiveness on Intel Core i5-11400
Our GIMP benchmarks reply exceedingly nicely to single-threaded efficiency, and right here we see an identical pattern to the net browser checks — the Core i5-11400 takes the lead. AMD nonetheless holds sway in a number of of the checks, just like the multi-threaded PCMark 10 picture modifying benchmark and the appliance start-up take a look at, however this spherical of checks largely goes to Intel.
Compilation, Compression, AVX Efficiency on Intel Core i5-11400
The timed LLVM compilation workload finds the Ryzen 3000-series chips working neck-and-neck with the 11400, even after we tuned the latter. We see that very same pattern emerge once more within the NAMD checks.
Our y-cruncher checks are very fascinating. This AVX-512 enabled benchmark yields great generational efficiency positive factors within the single-threaded take a look at, however efficiency does not scale as nicely to a number of cores. The densely-packed directions press the Rocket Lake chips to the sides of their energy envelope, which probably ends in restricted scaling.
The Core i5-11400 takes a notable win within the Geekbench 5 cryptography, AES encryption, and SHA3 benchmarks as a result of architectural enhancements for a lot of these workloads.
Intel Core i5-11400 Energy Consumption and Effectivity
It is no secret that Intel has dialed up the ability with Rocket Lake to compete with AMD’s vastly extra environment friendly chips, so you will need to ignore the upper energy consumption in the event you select to go together with an Eleventh-gen Intel chip. As such, there are not any actual surprises right here — the Core i5-11400 attracts extra energy in each measurement than both the Zen 2 or Zen 3 chips.
Nevertheless, it does fall right into a decrease energy envelope than the Core i5-11600K at inventory settings, which takes a few of the sting off of Rocket Lake’s usually extreme energy consumption. Naturally, that modified while you take away the ability limits. As you may see in our renders-per-day measurements, Intel’s Rocket Lake is not in the identical league when it comes to effectivity.
Right here we take a barely totally different take a look at energy consumption by calculating the cumulative quantity of vitality required to carry out Blender and x264 and x265 HandBrake workloads, respectively. We plot this ‘job vitality’ worth in Kilojoules on the left facet of the chart.
These workloads are comprised of a set quantity of labor, so we are able to plot the duty vitality in opposition to the time required to complete the job (backside axis), thus producing a extremely helpful energy chart.
Keep in mind that quicker compute occasions, and decrease job vitality necessities, are perfect. Meaning processors that fall the closest to the underside left nook of the chart are greatest. That distinction nonetheless belongs to Ryzen.
Given the latest string of occasions which have discovered AMD catching Intel off guard with each new launch, it’s shocking to see Group Pink so unprepared within the face of Intel’s lower-priced chips.
AMD’s Zen 3-powered Ryzen 5000 household took the lead from Intel’s Comet Lake in each efficiency metric that issues, and the chips have even confirmed to be highly effective sufficient to maintain the sting over the higher-end Rocket Lake processors. Nevertheless, AMD’s premium pricing has nullified Zen 3’s affect on the entry-level gaming market, leaving Intel a gap that it’s all too glad to use.
As you may see in our geometric imply of gaming efficiency under, the Ryzen 5 3600 is not aggressive from both a pricing or efficiency standpoint with the Core i5-11400 (or Core i5-11400F). Simply keep in mind that we carried out these checks with an RTX 3090, so efficiency deltas will shrink with lesser playing cards and better decision and constancy settings.
In gaming, the $182 Core i5-11400 delivers a blowout victory over the Ryzen 5 3600 that always retails for $200 or extra. Actually, you may decide up the graphics-less Core i5-11400F for $237, which is a steal given this stage of gaming efficiency. (Keep in mind, the 11400F will carry out the identical because the non-F mannequin, however you lose QuickSync.)
Taken as a complete, the Core i5-11400 has a greater mix of efficiency all through our full suite of software checks, too. The 11400’s massive lead in single-threaded work is spectacular, and its solely deficiencies in threaded work come when it’s topped with its inventory cooler. With a greater cooler, the 11400 roughly matches the 3600 in threaded work even with the ability limits strictly enforced, whereas eradicating these limits provides the 11400 uncontested lead.
You continue to cannot overclock the core frequency on non-Ok chips, however B-series motherboards help you raise the ability limits, thus unlocking rather more efficiency in threaded workloads. You may simply need to be ready to pay the value in each energy and warmth era. Intel has now enabled reminiscence overclocking on its B560 and H570 chipsets, and it really works with any chip that’s appropriate with the platform. The 11400 earnings tremendously from reminiscence overclocking, significantly in gaming. Simply keep in mind that the efficient vary of the Gear 1 mode solely stretches to ~DDR4-3800, so do not waste money on a super-expensive equipment.
The Core i5-11400 does devour extra energy than AMD’s competing chips, however its TDP envelope is way decrease than the higher-end Rocket chips, taking away a few of the sting. That stated, you will need to overlook the upper energy consumption in the event you go together with the Core i5-11400, particularly in the event you take away the ability limits. Intel’s inventory cooler can also be largely nugatory for fanatics, so you must price range for a greater cooler. AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 does include a bundled cooler, however given the present market situations, the 3600 is not actually a viable choice as a result of vastly inflated pricing.
If you happen to’re solely occupied with gaming and do not plan to overclock, the Core i5-11400 is a a lot better worth than the Core i5-11600K and leaves some further room within the price range for a GPU. Some would possibly suggest going with a Tenth-gen Core i5-10400 as an alternative choice to the 11400, however we predict you will profit extra from having the 20 lanes of PCIe 4.0 connectivity.
AMD merely does not have an acceptable chip on this worth vary to deal with the Core i5-11400. The Ryzen 5 3600 suffers from a extreme scarcity, and thus greater pricing, whereas the Core i5-11400 is extensively out there.
We anticipate that AMD will ultimately refresh its Ryzen 3 sequence — hopefully with chips we are able to truly purchase this time round as a substitute of unicorn chips just like the Ryzen 3 3300X — however the actual reply here’s a competitively priced non-X Ryzen 5 5600. Provided that AMD is at the moment affected by provide constraints and might promote every bit of silicon it may punch out at a premium, we’re not satisfied that can occur any time quickly.
On account of its strong efficiency and wonderful pricing, the Core i5-11400 is the uncontested chief of the price range gaming PC market.
|Intel Socket 1200 (Z590)||Core i9-11900K, Core i5-11600K, Core i5-10600K, Core i5-11400, Core i3-10100|
|ASUS Maximus XIII Hero|
|2x 8GB Trident Z Royal DDR4-3600 – Tenth-Gen: Inventory: DDR4-2933, OC: DDR4-4000, Eleventh-Gen varies, outlined above|
|AMD Socket AM4 (X570)||AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, 3600X, 3600. 3300X, 3400G|
|MSI MEG X570 Godlike|
|2x 8GB Trident Z Royal DDR4-3600 – Inventory: DDR4-3200, OC: DDR4-4000, DDR4-3600|
|All Methods||Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090 Eagle – Gaming and ProViz purposes|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE – Software checks|
|2TB Intel DC4510 SSD|
|EVGA Supernova 1600 T2, 1600W|
|Home windows 10 Professional model 2004 (construct 19041.450)|
|Cooling||Corsair H115i, Customized loop|