Intel Core i5-11400 Is A Great Budget CPU

Intel’s new high-end Rocket Lake chips have been a bust, bringing less performance than 10th Generation in certain instances, for a higher cost. Let’s take a look at how Intel’s more budget-friendly chips stack up with its previous generation, and the Ryzen 5 3600. 


Here’s a recap of the 11th Gen Lineup compared to their 10th Gen and Ryzen predecessors



From the specs, they seem like pretty similar chips. Both the 11400 and 10400 have 6 cores and 12 threads and a very similar base and boost clock. Both chips have a TDP of 65W, which is normal for a budget-based chip.


AMD still has not released their new non-x Ryzen chips, meaning AMD doesn’t have a new CPU that competes with the 11400 in its price range. Although the almost 2-year-old Ryzen 5 3600 has better specs on paper, Intel still seems to pull away in most gaming workloads at 1080p.


Let’s take a look at some benchmarks to see what the differences are between the two chips.


Gaming Benchmarks


First, let’s go over our test bench specs. Each test will use its designated CPU and a 2080Ti Graphics Card.


Cinebench R20 Benchmark


Cinebench R20 multi-core run shows that the 11400 is definitely an improvement compared to the 10400, showing a 225 point increase between the two.

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In Apex Legends at 1080p Ultra, we see the same results as our previous test in CSGO. The 11400 pulls ahead compared to the 10400, but not by much. The Ryzen 5 3600 again is beating both chips by 5 Average FPS.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is by far one of the most demanding titles currently available. Again, we see the same results. The 11400 is pulling ahead of the 10400 by less than 1 Average FPS.

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Final Opinions


Let’s draw some conclusions about these CPUs. The 11400 definitely leads the 10400, but not by much. Both CPUs have an MSRP price of $182, making it a no-brainer to choose the 11400 over the 10400 when creating a new build.


If you were planning on upgrading from the 10400 to the 11400, we can conclude that you won’t be gaining much of a benefit in 1080p games from our testing. The 11400 is one of the best value chips we have tested from the 11th Gen lineup.


So what CPU should you buy in this price range? The 11400 is a great option if you are looking for a budget-friendly chip for your latest PC build. It has the latest PCIe Gen 4 speeds and packs solid gaming and workstation performance for the price.



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