The first tests of Intel’s Core i5-11400 processor have arrived, and it is a worthy rival to the Ryzen 5 3600.

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Excellent gaming efficiency and reasonable pricing

AMD has largely deserted the consumer segment that had some of their best sellers since the introduction of Ryzen 5000. They still sell the Ryzen 5 3600, but with the experience of the R5 1600, 2600, and 3600, users expected new versions in this price range. Unfortunately, this did not occur because the 5600X targets a higher price bracket, and now it seems that Intel aims to reclaim it by promising (unofficial?) price discounts for 10th-generation versions and unveiling the Core i5-11400 with an appealing price tag, especially for gamers.

We’ve been focusing on Intel 10th-generation Processor prices, with the Core i5-10400F usually going for less than $150. With the announcement of the i5-11400 at $184, it seems that Intel intends to saturate this business niche and snatch AMD’s momentum, while providing very competitive offers about $200 for a few years now. Most reviews believe that the 6-core, 12-thread versions were and still are the sweet spot for someone who wants to use their CPU for both efficiency and gaming, providing significant upgrades to a vast number of consumers with older quad core i5 models while being much less expensive than CPUs with 8 or more cores.

This generation’s Intel CPUs continue to be hit or miss; the Core i5-11600k is a respectable offering, but the ostensibly flagship i9-11900k has been a letdown. Intel also has the Core i5-11400, which has 6 cores and 12 threads (our review is coming next week). The base specifications are almost similar to the i5-10400, with a slightly lower base frequency of 2.60 GHz, a slightly higher turbo frequency of 4.40 GHz, the same cache, and support for faster memory.

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With Core architecture enhancements, the i5-11400 works well, and at this price point, it seems to be a very decent option for gamers. But it does have a few flaws, as shown in the video below by Gamers Nexus: poor usability efficiency, higher power usage, and a lack of overclocking.

If you need a 6-core, 12-thread CPU update now and don’t want to wait for future DDR5 systems, Intel and AMD have plenty of options.

But, even more critically, and in comparison to the graphics card industry, most of these CPUs can be sold in shops at fair prices. If you’re on a tight budget, the i5-10400F or R5 2600 are fine starting points, but for those looking for a little more, the latest Core i5-11400 is an appealing option that is currently undercutting the R5 3600’s price in the US and Europe.

 

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