Intel Core i5-11400F Review: The New Value Champ

HardReset

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This is purely theoretical and has nothing to do with how most consumers buy PCs. How often do you replace/upgrade you PC? On average it's about 4-6 years and maybe even more depending on your needs and current tech. After this time I can assure you everything will be considerably better and RAM will be incompatible because it will be at least DDR5 and maybe DDR6. So yes you will be upgrading everything and will not want to look at a 4-6 year-old 8 or even 12 core CPU which first of all will be out of stock as it will no longer be produced and second performance and efficiency of which will be worse than even the cheapest current offering.
Some people save money buying cheap CPU and later buying cheap CPU that has lower price since time has passed. So far I have changed CPU at least once on every motherboard I have bought for myself. Yes, every one.

I give big value for upgrade paths. And that was just CPU. HDD, memory, SSD etc upgrades are another story.
 

Lew Zealand

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Some people save money buying cheap CPU and later buying cheap CPU that has lower price since time has passed. So far I have changed CPU at least once on every motherboard I have bought for myself. Yes, every one.

I give big value for upgrade paths. And that was just CPU. HDD, memory, SSD etc upgrades are another story.

And sometimes the market is even weirder than that. You start with a cheap CPU (R3 1200 at $105) and upgrade to a notably better CPU (R5 1600AF) at a *lower* price, $85. And I still have the 3000 and 5000 Series to consider for further upgrades. It's an embarrassment of riches.

Eventually.
 

Watzupken

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It is a good value chip, but I would prefer to pay a little more for the version with iGPU. Given the current GPU shortage, it is nice to have something to fall back on in case the main GPU goes down. Having said that, I think the main challenge for this cheap is limited availability of budget boards. I recall Intel was struggling with shortages of their B460 and H410 boards, so not sure if shortage will persist for their respective replacement. As it stands now, I can't see many options for B560 and H510 based boards.
 

Adi6293

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What's the max clock speed this chip can maintain on all cores on a b560 board with a good air cooler? Would be interesting to see boost behaviour in a long term gaming run.

I think if can cool it and have the power unlocked it's 4200Mhz all core boost