Specs of the new Intel Core i5-14400F CPU have just been leaked, showing a small increase in clock speed over its predecessor. While Intel’s K-series enthusiast CPUs grab all the initial headlines, the company’s locked Core i5 CPUs further down the chain have long been favorites among gamers looking to build a solid gaming PC on a tight budget, particularly the F models without integrated graphics, as they’re so cheap.
Indeed, the Core i5-13400F is currently our favorite budget choice on our guide to the best gaming CPU. This affordable Intel CPU gives you six P-cores that boost to up to 4.6GHz, which is all you need for solid performance in games, and you also get four E-cores to provide a lift in heavily multi-threaded software.
However, the latest Core i5-14400F specs leak shows that there’s barely any difference between the Core i5-14400F and Core i5-13400F. This latest leak appears to show that the two CPUs have identical specs, except for a small 100MHz bump in the P-Core clock speed. This means the peak Core i5-14400F clock speed is 4.7GHz, compared with 4.6GHz on the Core i5-13400F. Otherwise, the number of cores and the amount of cache is unchanged.
This latest leak comes from X user @wxnod who posted what appear to be two CPU-Z screenshots showing the new budget CPU in action – one of the first tab outlining the specs, and one of the Core i5-14400F benchmark results.
If the leak is genuine, that’s a disappointment for anyone looking to buy a new budget gaming CPU. Comparatively, when the Core i5-13400F was released, it not only added 200MHz to the P-core turbo clock, but also added four E-cores to make it a ten-core CPU – the 12400F only had six P-cores, with no E-cores.
The leaked CPU-Z benchmark tab shows a correspondingly small increase in performance between the Core i5-14400F and Core i5-13400F. The Core i5-14400F single-threaded benchmark has a score of 765.5, while its multi-threaded benchmark result is 6730.3.
One responder to the post on X rightly pointed out that this is barely any quicker than the results of 729.3 and 6,591.5 from the 13400F – they’re increases of just 5 percent and 2 percent respectively. It is a decent boost over the Core i5-12400F, though, which in our own tests (shown below) scores a single-threaded result of 615 and a much slower multi-threaded result of 4,547.3, as it doesn’t have the extra E-cores.
Intel Core i5-14400F specs estimate
The best estimate for the Intel Core i5-1400F specs list is:
|P-Core 2.5GHz, E-Core 1.8GHz
|Max boost frequency
|P-Core 4.7GHz, E-Core 3.3GHz
|Raptor Lake refresh
|Number of P-cores
|Number of E-cores
|Number of threads
|Yes (P-cores only)
|Dual-channel DDR4 and DDR5
|Thermal design power (TDP)
|65W (148W maximum turbo power)
|Turbo Boost 2, FMA3, F16C, SHA, BMI / BMI1 + BMI2, AVX-512, AVX2, AVX, AES, SSE4a, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, MMX
Intel Core i5-14400F price estimate
The best estimate for the Intel Core i5-14400F price is $229 (£219), based on the launch price of the Core i5-13400F, as no official announcement has been made.
Intel Core i5-14400F release date estimate
The best estimate for the Intel Core i5-14400F release date is January 2024, based on leaks and previous release schedules, as no official announcement has been made.
So far, the Intel 14th gen Raptor Lake refresh launch has been underwhelming, with the Core i5-14600K and Core i9-14900K offering the same number of cores as their predecessors, the Core i5-13600K and Core i9-13900K, but with only slightly higher clock speeds. Only the Core i7-14700K offers a significant change in spec over the Core i7-13700K, as it adds four more E-cores.
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