Pc Diy

How do you choose a two hundred dollar CPU? Full range of tests to tell you who to choose between ryzen5 3600 and I5 10400

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I. Preamble

Some time ago, Intel released the Comet Lake new generation of processors, although following the 14nm process, but due to the very high frequency of a few processors just listed (i9 10900K, i7 10700K), gaming performance is strong, so still brush a wave of existence.

However, for the average gamer, the i9 10900K and i7 10700K are still a bit high on the list, and the i5 and i3 are what we should be looking at.

Why did you choose the ryzen 5 3600 and the i5 10400 for comparison testing this time? Firstly, I wanted to end the year (actually 4 months ago), and secondly, the price point specs of both are very similar, and gamers can easily have a hard time choosing between the two U’s, so I tried to answer questions with this article.

I. Introduction of testers and test platform

First of all, AMD ryzen 5 3600 debut, AU currently fewer chips, most of them are boxed, individuals are more recommended to buy boxed, because one is a warranty, and secondly, AMD comes with a cooler workmanship is quite conscientious, not overclocked players can at least save a cooler money.

Annexes at a glance.

Then the i5 10400 came out, and the two U’s were put directly together to see what was going on. From the top cover, the ryzen 5 3600 is still a little bigger.

On the back, AU is the pin type and IU is the contact type.

The motherboards used for testing are the MSI B450M MORTAR and ASRock B460M PRO4. For a thousand dollar AU, with the B450 is perfectly adequate, of course, if you want to experience PCIe 4.0, then decided on the B550.

Both motherboards are M-ATX boards, but the MSI B450M MORTAR is a full-spec M-ATX and looks significantly wider.

It’s not a good idea to go with an RX5600XT, as it’s a more cost-effective option for the CPU.

The graphics card model is dataland RX5600XT.

The graphics card has a triple fan design and looks very aggressive.

A metal back plate is standard.

There’s an “X” logo in the center of the shoulder and an 8+6-pin power connector next to it.

The video output interface is 1x HDMI + 3x DP, which is pretty much standard for mid to high end graphics cards.

Memory selection of Apacer’s Black Panther RGB DDR4 3200 8Gx2.

The outer packaging has an open-window structure, so you can see what the product really looks like without opening it.

The memory frequency is 3200MHz (16 18 18 38) with a gold vest on the outside and RGB lighting support.

The SSD is a WD Blue SN550 1TB from Western Digital.



To avoid the power supply becoming a bottleneck, get an Antec HCG850 Gold All-Module power supply.

Power supply spec sheet.

A list of the built test platforms.

Comparison test

The CPU-Z specs of the two CPUs are compared, and for a more detailed specs comparison, pull up to the top of the page and read the specs comparison table at the top of the page.

The CPU-Z comes with tests that give the AMD ryzen 5 3600 the edge in both single-core and multi-core performance.

Chess Test


AIDA64 memory, cache bandwidth testing

Video transcoding test, the AMD ryzen 5 3600 is 20 seconds faster than the Intel i5 10400. Some may say that 20 seconds doesn’t mean much, but don’t forget that it’s only a 6-minute video, and if you switch to a longer video, the time savings would be significant.

In the graphics performance test, the AMD ryze5 3600 wins overall and physical scores in the 3D Mark Fire Strike, but the graphics score is slightly lower than the Intel i5 10400.

The situation with 3D Mark Time Spy is pretty much the same as 3D Mark Fire Strike.

Gaming performance tests, in DX11 games, were won by the ryzen 5 3600.

In DX12 games, the ryzen 5 3600 is 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss against the Intel i5 10400, which is an overall advantage, but not by much.

Power consumption test, because ryzen 5 3600 from 8-core CPU shielded cores, so the power consumption is slightly higher than the Intel i5 10400.

Note: Intel i5 10400 (F) there are two kinds of G1, Q0 stepping, I am a G1 stepping, belonging to the native core, it is said that the Q0 version is also shielded from the core of the higher-end CPU from the core. the advantages of the G1 stepping is low power consumption, but the internal use of silicone grease to connect the core and the top cover, silicone grease dried up, the cooling effect will be greatly reduced; Q0 stepping advantage is the internal use of brazing, cooling performance Good, but the power consumption will be higher because it comes from 10 core shielding.

IV. Summary

Since entering the ZEN2 era, AMD has changed its tide and has finally been able to challenge Intel in the CPU arena. Only we have always thought that AMD dominates in terms of productivity, Intel dominates in terms of gaming. But from the results of this test, ryzen 5 3600, whether in terms of productivity or gaming, performance is better than the Intel i5 10400. personal analysis that this is because some intel cpu (such as i9 10900K, i7 10700K, etc.) higher frequency, so better performance in the game, but once the two cpu When the frequency is close (ryzen 5 3600 is only 0.1GHz lower than the i5 10400), the intel cpu has no advantage.

See here some people may say, don’t forget the intel cpu there i5 10400F it, the price is cheaper than the i5 10400, more cost-effective. I won’t deny the high price/performance ratio of the i5 10400F, but if you consider the motherboard and CPU together, you’ll find that the price of the i5 10400F+B460 is not much cheaper than the ryzen 5 3600+B450, not to mention that the ryzen 5 3600 can also overclock and overmemory, which means that the i5 10400F+B460 is not much cheaper than the ryzen 5 3600+B450. The B460 is even less advantageous.

Of course, this article is just some personal opinions, and the final choice of ryzen 5 3600 or i5 10400 (F) is up to you!

That’s all I have to share above, thanks for enjoying!

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