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Intel Core I5 13400F Desktop CPU Review & Benchmarks

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Intel’s latest offering, released in January 2023, is the perfect CPU for the budget-conscious gamer or hobbyist video editor. Coming equipped with 10 physical cores and a total of 16 threads, the Intel 13th Gen i5-13400F desktop processor has what it takes to keep up with modern computing demands while not breaking the bank in the process.

Pros

  • Amazing Performance
  • Budget Friendly
  • Gamer Certified
  • Hobbyist Video Editing

Most of the time, you hear outlets raving about the flagship processors but not so much do we hear about CPUs at the lower end of the budget. Based on the specifications alone, Intel’s 13400F LGA1700 CPU codenamed Raptor Lake is looking to be the perfect budget gaming processor if your bank account is feeling the pinch right now and you don’t have flagship money to spend out on a brand-new, top-of-the-range processor (Currently £209 in the UK).

Thanks to Intel who provided this review sample, we are going to be taking a closer look at their latest desktop CPU offering and see if it is capable of keeping up with modern titles and computing demands.

Specifications

13400F CPUz Screenshot
Intel Core 13th Gen i5-13400F specifications
Total Cores 10
# of Performance-cores 6
# of Efficient-cores 4
Total Threads 16
Max Turbo Frequency 4.60 GHz
Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency 4.60 GHz
Efficient-core Max Turbo Frequency 3.30 GHz
Performance-core Base Frequency 2.50 GHz
Efficient-core Base Frequency 1.80 GHz
Cache 20 MB Intel® Smart Cache
Total L2 Cache 9.5 MB
Processor TDP 65 W
Maximum Turbo TDP 148 W

The Intel Core 13th Gen i5-13400F is a 10nm processor that has 10 physical cores, 16 threads and supports DDR4 up to 3200 MT/s and DDR5 up to 4800 MT/s coming equipped with 20MB of L3 Cache, 9.5MB of L2 Cache and a max TDP of 65w – pretty impressive.

As we found with the 12-series processors though, physical core count is not that simple. Six of the ten physical cores available are Performance-cores (P-cores) and the remaining four are Efficiency-cores (E-cores). This arrangement of cores has been designed to be energy efficient and capable of providing raw gaming and video editing performance at a budget price point.

Specifications were taken from the Intel Product Information Page

Comparison

Intel 13-series Comparison
Intel Core 13th Gen i5 CPU Comparision
Cores
P+E/T
P-Core
Base
P-Core
Turbo
E-Core
Base
E-Core
Turbo
L3 Cache
(MB)
Base
(W)
Turbo
(W)
i5-13600K 6+8/20 3500mhz 5100mhz 2600mhz 3900mhz 24mb 125w 181w
i5-13600KF 6+8/20 3500mhz 5100mhz 2600mhz 3900mhz 24mb 125w 181w
 
i5-13600 6+8/20 2700mhz 5000mhz 2000mhz 3700mhz 24mb 65w 154w
i5-13600T 6+8/20 1800mhz 4800mhz 1300mhz 3400mhz 24mb 35w 92w
i5-13500 6+8/20 2500mhz 4800mhz 1800mhz 3500mhz 24mb 65w 154w
i5-13500T 6+8/20 1600mhz 4600mhz 1200mhz 3200mhz 24mb 35w 92w
i5-13400 6+4/16 2500mhz 4600mhz 1800mhz 3300mhz 20mb 65w 148w
i5-13400F 6+4/16 2500mhz 4600mhz 1800mhz 3300mhz 20mb 65w 148w
i5-13400T 6+4/16 1300mhz 4400mhz 1000mhz 3000mhz 20mb 35w 82w

Test System

PPSU Test Rig
PerformancePSU Test Rig
CPU Intel 13400F 20M Cache 10-Core 16-Thread running at 4600Mhz
Motherboard Gigabye Z690 Gaming X
RAM Corsair Vengeance (Samsung) 32GB DDR5 – 36-36-36-76 2T
Power Supply Corsair RM1000
Graphics Card Gigabyte Gaming X Trio 3080Ti
Cooling Custom EKWB Liquid Cooling Loop
Monitor LG 27GN88A 2560×1440 (1440p) @ 144hz

Over the course of 2023, we are going to be reviewing more and more hardware. We are going to keep our base system the same so that our results can easily be interpreted. Shortly following this article, we will release our review and benchmarks for the 12900K we have in our possession too.

Benchmarks & Testing

We are still submitting a lot of our results to HWBOT still, so most of the benchmarks we use are accepted there too. If you’re an overclocker or want to get into competitive overclocking, head over to the HWBOT website and see what it’s all about.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 Settings
Resolution 2560×1440 (1440P) @ 144hz
FOV 90
Texture Quality High
DLSS Quality
Screen Space Reflections Quality Psycho
Ray Tracing Psycho

When I first got into the enthusiast scene, Valve’s Source engine and Far Cry were the go-to games to bring a system to its knees. Today, that crown goes to Cyberpunk 2077. The CPU didn’t really break a sweat, even in this highly demanding game never breaking 55% CPU usage throughout the entire test showing we are bottlenecked not by this entry-level CPU but by our very expensive GPU.

Intel 13400F – Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmark Results
Average FPS 86
Min FPS 60
Max FPS 122

Our test bed with the Intel 13400F Core i5 processor installed managed an average FPS of 86, a low of 60 FPS and a high of 122. While our test rig was not able to hit our monitor’s 144hz refresh rate, it was still a pleasant experience.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Max Settings Benchmark
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Settings
Resolution 2560×1440 (1440P) @ 144hz
Texture Quality Ultra
Texture Filtering 16x Anisotropic
Ray Traced Shadows Ultra
Level of Detail Highest

While this game was made in 2018, it received substantial Ray Tracing updates which makes it a good benchmark target for this CPU. It’s a stunning game that is still capable of challenging most systems today.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – CPU Game
Average FPS 201
Min FPS 147
Max FPS 267
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – CPU Render
Average FPS 201
Min FPS 412
Max FPS 166

It would be wise to mention that Shadow of the Tomb raider stated our test rig was 87% GPU bound with everything on their highest settings which is quite significant. We didn’t see CPU usage above 50% at any time during the test either meaning that once again, the CPU was definitely not limiting performance.

F1 22 – Max Settings

F1 22 Max Settings Benchmark
F1 22 Settings
Resolution 2560×1440 (1440P) @ 144hz
Ray Tracing Quality Ultra
Ray Traced Shadows On
Lighting Quality Ultra
Ambient Occlusion HBAO+
Texture Streaming Ultra

F1 22 is a stunning game that has a lot of dynamic lighting and weather effects to push this CPU to the limits of what it can do. For F1 22, we tried our best to use the most graphically taxing track and presets possible alongside maxed-out graphical settings.

F1 22 Benchmark Results
Average FPS 102
Min FPS 92
Max FPS 114

The benchmark was run on the Singapore track in the wet. When paired with a 3080Ti, the Intel 13400F managed an average FPS of 102 with a low of 92 and a high of 114.

3DMark Time Spy

In the Time Spy test, this CPU scored 13082 in the CPU test and a combined score of 18802.

Intel 13400F – 3DMark Time Spy Benchmark Results
Combined Score 18802
CPU Score 13082

3DMark Firestrike

Intel 13400F – 3DMark Firestrike Benchmark Results
Firestrike Score 33181

Cinebench 2003 – Single & Multicore

Intel 13400F – Cinebench 2003 Benchmark Results
Single-core 1563
Multi-core 6660

CPUMark

Intel 13400F – CPUMark Benchmark Results
CPU Score 27378

SuperPI Mod

Intel 13400F – SuperPI Mod Benchmark Results
1M 8.130s
32M 6 Minutes 54.267 seconds

Geekbench 5

Intel 13400F – SuperPI Mod Benchmark Results
Single-core 1779
Multi-core 12210

Overclocking

Intel F processors, unfortunately, do not come with an unlocked multiplier meaning that any overclocking must be done via the BCLK. Unfortunately, it seems our current Z690 motherboard doesn’t like any sort of BCLK adjustments and straight-up refuses to boot. From our research, we would need a B550 motherboard which we simply don’t have. We are highly disappointed considering the impressive temperatures at idle and under load at stock settings.

If you are looking for a CPU that you can overclock, then you will want to purchase an Intel K or Intel KF processor which both come with unlocked multipliers allowing you to easily tweak the CPU frequency. If you don’t need integrated graphics, then look at the KF CPUs.

Final Thoughts

While we don’t currently have much of our own data to compare this CPU to, we can compare it to the real-world performance of our Intel 12900K which runs our test bed on a day-to-day basis. Windows performance was terrific with no perceptible slowdown in operation in comparison to the 12900K and gaming was still a smooth experience.

So, who is this CPU for? We would say this is aimed at the low to mid-range PC build coming in at roughly £209 in the UK depending on where you shop. As our benchmark in Cinebench proved that this CPU is more than capable of handling video editing tasks as well as anything else you want to throw at it. While you might not be encoding videos at record speed, you definitely won’t be waiting for the paint to dry

While it might not as fast as Intel’s flagship 13900K, in an economy where everyone is struggling, this might just be the perfect gaming CPU for the budget-conscious builder freeing up more money for a more powerful GPU. Most modern-day gaming computation takes place on the GPU, Intel’s 13400F is more than capable of keeping up with a-list titles providing more than enough grunt with its 10 physical cores and rarely breaking 50% CPU usage when gaming.

Overall, Intel 13th Gen i5-13400F desktop processor really impressed me with its overall performance and low cooling requirements running at just 11*c at idle. My only gripe was this processor’s lack of overclocking potential, but, that’s just me being picky.

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