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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 98 reviews

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet!!

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    I’m loving this processor. No issues. Graphics are ok for a budget build or to get up and running. I didn’t find the included fan as noisy as others have said, but It’s not silent. Nice product.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 9th gen cpu for under $200!!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    The best cpu for under $200 IMO. You can OC this one to just over 5.0 MHz and it’s very reliable. I hope when this cpu is discontinued, that the value goes up on such a amazing cpu. 10/10.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

    This is quite good. I never had any problems with this item. Great and dependable.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good upgrade from a Core i3 8100

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    Posted .
    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    Very good CPU and provides a good value for the last of the 1151 motherboards out there. Upgraded from a core i3 for a power user that could use more cores. The Dell Optiplex PC I put this in had an 8th gen Core i3 8100, and most boards that can use 8th gen Intel CPUs are compatible with 9th gen CPUs, too. Going from the i3 8100 and pairing the i5-9400 with faster 2666Mhz memory made a noticeable difference in performance. The current 10th gen i5 are also 6 core, but add hyperthreading for 12 threads. They require new motherboards to support socket 1200, though. This is a good way to breathe life into an older system.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, But Better Second-Hand Options Exist

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    Posted .
    Owned for 9 months when reviewed.

    For general desktop use this processor is very solid, and it handles gaming well. While it isn't an appropriate choice for a workstation, it is excellent in other regards. Thermals are easily managed by even the stock cooler that is included with it, and it hasn't proven to be a significant bottleneck at average refresh rates. Wouldn't recommend it for serious eSports, but for a casual gamer or general desktop use this processor is plenty even considering newer generation products. Four stars only in context of there being better options on the used market that are just as reliable. But for a new processor this strikes into the territory of being an excellent budget processor. Integrated graphics are solid, but not on par with Ryzen APUs at a similar price.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good For Mainstream Users

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    Posted .
    Owned for 9 months when reviewed.

    Bought this to upgrade from an older 4th gen i5 and it's been performing beautifully. I'm not going to take a star off because it's not the intended purpose, but if you're wanting to do alot of video streaming or use it as a workstation, look for an i7 or i9. You can overclock with this, but you'd have more stable OC performance with an i7 or i9.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Hey intel, put the freaking gen number on your box

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    This chip has performed better for me than its locked sister chip. not sure what's going on there. Includes a stock fan. Fast reliable chip. Wish intel and mobo manufactures would make it easier to pare hardware. Come up with a less confusing way of doing things than generation numbers for crying out loud. Would be easier if all same socket types were compatible.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Works for a gaming PC

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I paired the i5 with a MSI z370 gaming plus mobo and Msi GTX 1660 super with 3200mhz 16gb ddr4. It doesn't bottleneck, the cores are not the fastest at 2.9ghz but their are 6 so it is a definite upgrade from the ryzen 3 2200g I had. I haven't been able to throw anything at it that it can't handle. I play everything from Apex to half life alyx on oculus.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Its a processor?

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    It works well, haven't had any issues so far and was easy to install.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful processor

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This processor runs my 24/7 server. The server mainly handles media procurement and serving (via Plex). Thus far, nothing has slowed down the 9400. Plex routinely dishes out 2 streams of transcoded video (UHD graphics!!), and never needs to buffer or freeze. My only gripe with the processor is that it's a bit more power-hungry than my previous i5-6400t (which was specifically a low-power CPU)--but the difference equates to about $1 in power usage over the entire year. Soooo, in truth, that gripe is more about my nick-pickiness. If you're on the fence about this processor, I'm willing to bet that it'll work great for you regardless of the task. And at the price I paid for it, around $150 after rebates, it's hard NOT to recommend.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Works great!! I use Maya, Substance painter, and Unreal Engine alot and this has no problem rendering things in it. Works great and is up for any task!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    My son has a Ryzen 2600 gaming PC. I've always used Intel, I had a i5-6500 that was getting long in the tooth when it came to gaming. So I had a choice, stick with Intel or go with a Ryzen. Around the same price point as the Ryzen 2600 was this i5-9400 which in my opinion intel tends to dominate in games at similar price points, so I went with this intel CPU instead of a similarly priced Ryzen. My son said his PC is better so I challenged him with doing benchmarks and playing games. We ran 3DMark Timespy benchmark (we both have 1080 ti GPUs), His CPU score on his Ryzen 2600 was 28% faster than my i5-9400. Tomb raider benchmark was also faster on his, as was cinebench. In actual gaming, mine seemed ok, minor stuttering here and there but not hugely noticeable, however I expected marked improvement from a i5-6500 and to tell you the truth I can't tell the difference, should've stuck with what I had. If you're going to pay this money, go with a similarly priced Ryzen, they are better. If you have more money to spend go with a 9700k or higher if you want to stick with intel, although I don't own one, based on reviews people are reporting they are excellent for gaming. This CPU, however is not that good for gaming, compared to the competition - be warned.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Choice for Upgrade

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    Posted .
    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    I was updating my son's gaming rig from a gen 1 Intel Core I-7 (quad core) cpu. I was tempted to go with another core I-7or I-9 but the cost was a lot of money. When at the store I thought I was compromising with the 9th gen core I-5, but I was wrong. This processor is equal to or greater than the first gen core I-7 and the price was just right. If you are upgrading from an older processor, then this core I-5 is both powerful and cost effective.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great budget gaming CPU!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Nice CPU for basic everyday computing, as well as for gaming on a budget. It feels good to be able to play most games at ultra or high settings. I was initially going to get the 9400f model which doesn't have onboard graphics but for a few bucks more, I figured it was worth it just in case my graphics card bombs so I don't have any down time. Happy with my purchase

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Really happy with this CPU!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 11 months when reviewed.

    This CPU totally changed my productivity. So much more stable, the temperature management of this thing is fantastic. I was surprised at how fast this thing is.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for a workstation

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    Posted .
    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

    Perfect CPU for a workstation. I don’t even use all the cores but the speed is what makes it so good for its price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great So Far!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    The reason for my 4/5 star rating is because I haven’t had this processor for that long so I can’t give it an accurate long-term evaluation. But in the short time that I’ve had it, it has been great! I used the standard fan and thermal compound that came pre-installed and I have had any issues. The fan is very quiet and I don’t notice any sort of excess heat. Speeds are also very nice. I use my computer for music production; so I typically have many programs and VSTs running at one and I haven’t had any issues with running out of processing power.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    Posted .
    Owned for 11 months when reviewed.

    Great! No issues. Honestly it really all you need to play most games rn. Warzone and Pex run smooth

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    really good cpu

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    This cpu is great for the price but there are better options at this price I just was stuck with only choosing Intel because of the motherboard I bought

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Better Value

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Great for gaming able to handle a handful of demanding cpu intensive programs at once with ease. (ex. Triple A game titles + streaming software+ the 12 tabs you accidently left open in IE) for what it is, and how it performs its a tough value to top

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    I would recommend this to a friend