The Intel Core i5-9400F is built around the Coffee Lake microarchitecture and manufactured with the 14nm process. The processor comes with six cores, but lacks HyperThreading. It clocks in with a 2.9 GHz base clock and a 4.1 GHz boost clock. The Intel Core i5-9400 also carries 9MB of L3 cache and a TDP (thermal design power) rating of 64W.
As denoted by the "F" suffix in its name, the Intel Core i5-9400F belongs to a new breed of processors that come with a disabled iGPU (Integrated Graphics Processing Unit). In the case of this model, that would be the Intel UHD Graphics 630 unit. Therefore, you'll need to pair the processor with a discrete graphics card.
The Intel Core i5-9400F fits nicely into any Intel 300-series motherboard as long as it's updated to the latest BIOS revision. Major motherboard manufacturers, such as MSI and Gigabyte have already started rolling out BIOS updates for their 300-series lineup.
Intel originally established a Recommended Customer Price (RCP) of $182.00 for the Intel Core i5-9400F. However, you can order the processor for $208.38 (~£163.52) at Amazon.
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Removed iGPU, gets sold for more than iGPU included i5 by resellers. :(Reply
Wow. So much wrong with this CPU (not the story, just the situation):Reply
-- they just announced them literally this week, & it's already showing at a 15% markup over the MSRP -- & this isn't even from a 3rd-party, this is direct from Intel itself;
-- Amazon even shows it "temporarily out of stock" (which at least makes sense since it's not officially available yet...but "just announced & not available for sale" is technically not the same as "it exists but it's currently out of stock");
-- & not so much a disappointment from Intel, but from Amazon, is that they're pushing their "professional installation" service. You can pony up an extra $83 USD for the privilege of...one of Amazon's "trained" "Amazon Home Services" "techs" to come out & pop that CPU into the ZIF socket & attach the CPU cooler for you. And yes, I deliberately added those extra air quotes.
It's priced about the same as an i5-8500, which has the same single core boost, only the 9400F has a slightly lower base clock and no integrated graphics to fall back on in the event of a graphics card failure. And even the i5-8500 itself is currently marked up $18 over MSRP. At its MSRP it could be a very decent option, but Intel's processors haven't been selling near their MSRPs for months.Reply
The iGPU version is available for $204.41:Reply
I don't understand why Intel would put a iGPU in it and disable it? Wouldn't they save money by not including it in the first place, or am I missing something?Reply