Intel Core i5-10400 vs Intel Core i5-9500

Compare Intel 10th Generation Core i5 6 core CPU vs Intel 9th Generation Core i5 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 129
$ 62.14 significantly less expensive
$ 191

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

59 %
18% slightly better overall score
50 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

80 %
Identical
80 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

52 %
30% slightly better multitasking score
40 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

50 %
28% slightly better heavy workload score
39 %

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

5,541
20% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score
4,588

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

1,104
1,113
0% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score

Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

6
Identical
6

Threads

Number of logical processing units

12
100% significantly more threads
6

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

3 GHz
3 GHz
3% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
2% slightly higher turbo speed

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

65 W
Identical
65 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
Identical
16

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
Identical
2

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
Identical
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

384 KiB
Identical
384 KiB

L2 Cache

Secondary embedded memory, slower than L1 cache

2 MiB
Identical
2 MiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

12 MiB
33% slightly more L3 cache
9 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

251st of 1,327
335th of 1,327

Family

The product line

10th Generation Core i5
9th Generation Core i5

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
May 2019

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4-2666
DDR4-2666

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

No
No

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i5-10400 vs Core i5-9500 specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i5-10400 is faster than the Core i5-9500. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-9500 in all gaming tests too.

Our spec comparison shows that they have an identical amount of cores but the Core i5-10400 has more threads. These CPUs have different clock speeds. Indeed, the Core i5-9500 has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-10400. Also, the Core i5-9500 has a slightly higher turbo speed. Both these chips have an identical TDP (Thermal Design Power). This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption. In terms of cache, both these CPUs have the same amount of L2 cache. The Core i5-10400 also has slightly more L3 cache.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. Indeed, the Core i5-10400 has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

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