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is there really a difference between an i3 and an i5

airwhicks

6 months ago

Intel - Core i3-8350K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor VS. Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor

These are the two main CPUs im looking at and im wondering if theres a large difference between the two other than price

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  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

To fully realize the i3-8350K's capabilities, you will need a more expensive motherboard. While it is certainly an impressive chip heading up Intel's lower end range, it really does not offer anything temendously different to the older i5 K series from the Skylake lineups. i5-7600K for instance performs very similar. Conversely, like the Kabylake i3-7350K, it is an oddly priced overclockable i3 series chip - a niche product. Many think the i3-8350K is an overpriced and unnecessary feature of Intel's lineup (it's target audience are enthusiasts who will generally gravitate towards platforms that are more exciting than an overclocked 4 core chip which existed in prior generations anyway). Chip will run hotter than i5-8400 and require purchasing a cooler for the budget minded. A 6 core i5 is a far wiser purchase even if locked. The i5-8400 is no slouch, do not let the 2.8GHz throw you. What the chip does with it's clock cycles is more important.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i3-8350K-vs-Intel-i5-8400/3102vs3097

The single threaded rating is almost the same. This is due to being the same processor generation and having the same speed (Turbo for the i5-8400).

However, since the i5 has more cores, it performs better in multi-tasking environments.

On the other hand, the i3-8350k can be overclocked, so the single threaded performance can be increased.

Decide which one is more important for your workflow: more cores or faster cores (if the i3 is overclocked).

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

should also mention that games are using more and more cores, not saying 4 cores is bad, but games can use more cores now

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

The i5 has 50% more cores, while the i3 is overclock-able. I'd call that a pretty meaningful difference.

i5-9400F and Ryzen 5 1600/2600/2600X offer better value than either the 8350K or 8400 for most builds.

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