Intel’s new 8th Gen Core chips are out and there is much rejoicing. For the first time in about five years, Intel has made an unambiguous step forward with its mainstream CPUs. In short, they’ve bunged in an extra pair of cores across the board. Where once you had two cores or four cores, now you have four cores or six cores. Of course more cores don’t automatically translate into a better gaming experience. But I still think the new Core i5-8400 will become the chip of choice for gamers.
We can’t overclock the i5-8400, so the aim of this build is to simply take the various components out of the box, plug them into the motherboard and get gaming!
The i5-8400 does come with a heatsink in the box, which is a perfectly fine cooling option. With the lower power draw and provided heatsink, it’s designed to be a direct competitor to AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs. Early benchmarks look like that’s right for the money.
In short, it’s all about future-proofing. On paper, the 8400 does look rather modestly clocked. Officially, it packs a baseclock of just 2.8GHz, which is pretty crappy by today’s standards.
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