Intel Core i5-6400

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  • Affordable
  • multi-threaded
  • good power consumption
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  • Low overclocking potential

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Intel Core I5-6400 Review

Key features

  • Decent power consumption of 65 watts
  • Very affordable when compared to other Core i5 processors
  • 4 core multi-threaded performance

Introduction

The Intel Core i5 6400 is a powerful and at the same time affordable processor that comes packed with the latest Skylake architecture, making it in a way similar to the more expensive Intel Core i7 6700K processor. It also boasts of 14nm manufacturing process which means that you have what it takes to build a powerful and reliable computer using this processor. With a standard processor speed of only 2.7GHz, the Intel Core i5 6400 is slightly slower than its peers. However, this is justified by the more pocket friendly price tag that lacks from its peers. You can also get the speed to go much higher thanks to the Turbo boost feature that can help you achieve clock speeds of up to 3.3GHz from the processor. The most impressive thing about the Intel Core i5 6400 is its reasonable price despite coming with most of the functionality that you would expect from its more expensive rivals. You will get four physical cores and 6MB of L3 cache and 1MB of L2 cache. Power consumption is another area where the Intel Core i5 6400 shines. It has been rated for a consumption of 65 watts, which is what you would expect from standard Intel Core i5 Skylake parts. This chip is not unlocked for overclocking, which means that the amount of tweaking that it can take is quite limited. However, that also means that the processor will do just fine with the Intel stock cooler. This is usually a problem with overclocked models.

What is the overall performance ?

When it comes to performance, the Intel Core i5 6400 does not disappoint. In addition to providing reasonable clock speeds while consuming less power, it has an integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 chip. Here, the GPU is able to achieve speeds ranging between 350MHz and 950MHz. This is significantly lower than what you would expect from the other high end Core i5 processors most of which can achieve speeds as high as 1,050MHz. When it comes to functionality, the Skylake architecture brings in a new set of features that were previously not available. However, this also means that upgrading to the new processors is more expensive due to the new socket and chipset to support these chips. Some of the improved features include better support for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3.0. You will also get more networking options.

Conclusion: Should I buy it ?

Although the Intel Core i5 6400 gaming potential is slightly limited by the clock speeds when you have intensive gaming requirements, it does come with a number of good features that make life better. The Intel Core i5 6400 price also helps make it a worthy bargain considering the fact that you get most of what you would get from the more expensive high end Core i5 processors.

  • The Good :
    Affordable, multi-threaded, good power consumption
  • The Bad :
    Low overclocking potential
Our score:
4 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Intel Core i5-6400 is manufactured by Intel and was added in September 2015 in the Processor (Intel, AMD) section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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