Is the i5 8600 non k or i5 8400 good enough for streaming?

sam_farhan94

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I initially planned on buying the i5 8400 but recently the locked i5 8600 got released and from what I see it got higher clock speeds. On my research though the i5 8600 only has turbo for 1 core while the i5 8400 has turbo on all of the cores albeit the clock speed is lower. Which is better for gaming + streaming at the same time?

Side note:- I got a B360 motherboard in mind so I'll to buy a locked CPU. I am fully aware that by adding a bit more I could've gotten an unlocked CPU but eh, the motherboard I want fits my colour scheme. Stupid but it's just me :D
 

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I'll be gaming at 1440p 144hz but I'm planning on streaming at 720p 60fps or 1080p 60fps
 

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Does streaming games need that turbo boost on other cores?
Not sure what you mean turbo boost on other core. i5 8600 is basically just run 300 mhz faster than i5 8400.
i5 8400: base frequency is 2.8 ghz, turbo boost single core is 4.0 ghz and 6 cores is 3.8 ghz.
i5 8600: base frequency is 3,1 ghz, turbo boost singe core is 4.3 ghz and 6 cores is 4.1 ghz

Is i5 8400 sufficient enough?
It is definitely sufficient for gaming. When you do streaming and gaming at the same time, some people recommend Ryzen 5 (6c/12t) due cost comparable to i5 8400. If you prefer intel, you may want to consider i7 8700. I can not answer whether i5 8400 or i5 8600 is good enough or not since I don't know.
 

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Streaming can be done while gaming on any cpu. It's the degree of affect that makes the difference. Streaming loves core space. Gaming (newer games) loves core space. Together, 6 cores will still work, but the 12 threads possible from i7 or Ryzen 5 can and do make a sizable difference in play. You could stream on a dual core cpu, but expect fps in minecraft to be in the teens. Do that with a i7-8700 and expect fps in the 300's or better.

For game+stream, clock speeds is nice, but thread count is king.
 
Personally I’d say you want either a 8700 to stream the latest cpu heavy AAA games or return the motherboard and go Ryzen 1700. I just feel the 8400/8600 just doesn’t have the headroom for future games while streaming, Ryzen 1600 would be better than these at similar money but ideally the 1700.
 

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How about the i5 8600k?
 

Karadjgne

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Same cpu. I5. Just faster stock clocks and ability to OC is unlocked in the bios. For streaming and gaming at the same time you need threads not speed. For gaming, speed helps, for streaming speed helps, lack of threads will strangle both.
 

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So basically you need threads for streaming since gaming and streaming both takes up cpu usage. Got it. Thanks
 

Karadjgne

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Exactly. While it doesn't work exactly like this, it's easier to explain. Imagine you have a 6t cpu. Windows and background stuff is using up 1t. The game you play uses up 4t. That leaves you with 1t to stream with. On a 6c/12t cpu (even though hyperthreading is a sharing of 1 core bandwidth by 2 threads, so figure on 1.5x performance increase), the same thing would be 1t for windows, 4t for game and 7t available for streaming (about the same as 4c usage). Having the extra thread count gives the cpu room to breathe and maneuver without trying to cram in 3t worth of streaming into 1t worth of space.
 

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