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Intel's Core i5-8400 is back in stock (for now)

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When we tested the Core i5-8400, we came away very impressed. It's not that it's the fastest processor on the block—the i7-8700K is faster for gaming purposes, and any number of Ryzen 7 and Core i7/i9 processors are faster in pure number crunching—but it manages to match the performance of last year's i7-7700K at about half the cost. We ended up giving it our Processor of the Year award. There was only one small problem: demand far outstripped supply, and it has been hard to find the i5-8400 in stock.

If you've been waiting for the chance to pick up Intel's sweet little 6-core/6-thread chip at close to MSRP, Newegg currently has it in stock for $200 (opens in new tab) (limit one per customer). Amazon also has it in stock at a slightly higher price of $212 (opens in new tab), or you can grab it from B&H for $210 (opens in new tab), or from OutletPC for $210.

What's great about the i5-8400 is that it's only a 65W (nominal) processor, it will run at 3.8-4.0GHz stock in Z370 boards (you can safely ignore the 2.8GHz base clockspeed), and it includes a cooler that's more than adequate for keeping the chip frosty. Basically, add the i5-8400 to any Z370 motherboard, add in an appropriate graphics card, and you've got yourself a highly capable gaming rig.

Just don't be surprised if inventories vanish again, as the chip remains one of the best overall values in gaming and processor performance.

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Jarred's love of computers dates back to the dark ages when his dad brought home a DOS 2.3 PC and he left his C-64 behind. He eventually built his first custom PC in 1990 with a 286 12MHz, only to discover it was already woefully outdated when Wing Commander was released a few months later. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.