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Intel Core i5-8400 Review: Six Cores On A Budget

Project CARS, Far Cry Primal & Rise of the Tomb Raider

Project CARS

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Given the results we've seen in other threaded titles, our results in Project CARS aren't surprising. Intel's Coffee Lake models establish a quantifiable lead over Kaby Lake-based chips.

An overclocked Ryzen 5 1600X is also competitive, though it's a lot more expensive than Core i5-8400. Of course, you could always go for the Ryzen 5 1600, which offers similar performance as the 1600X after overclocking. But it'd still trail the Core i5-8400. 

Far Cry Primal

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Far Cry Primal's Dunia Engine 2 responds well to high clock rates and IPC throughput. However, it also seems to like when we turn off simultaneous multi-threading.

Both Coffee Lake-based Core i5s are tied, likely due to a graphics-imposed bottleneck.

The overclocked Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X beat Intel's Kaby Lake processors. Then again, the -7600K is overclockable itself, so it'd offer additional performance if we pushed beyond stock settings. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Rise of the Tomb Raider shows three Core i5s essentially tied for first place, likely due to a graphics bottleneck.

The Core i5-7400 shows us its less attractive side, kicking out several disturbing frame time outliers that manifest as visible stuttering.


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Paul Alcorn

Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.