News Ryzen 5 3500 Allegedly Launches October 5 for $155

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Joakim Agren

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Why?
The Ryzen 3500(X) is significantly faster at base clock and slightly faster at boost speed.
The one thing going for the i5-9400F is the cheaper motherboards.
I can't evaluate the boxed coolers.
Cheaper motherboards? You can pair this even with a dirt cheap A320 board!
 

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Why?
The Ryzen 3500(X) is significantly faster at base clock and slightly faster at boost speed.
The one thing going for the i5-9400F is the cheaper motherboards.
I can't evaluate the boxed coolers.
And the one thing going against the i5 is forward compatibility. You can swap the 6-core i5 with an 8-core i7/i9, but you can swap the 6-core Ryzen with a 16-core Ryzen, if you need more power.

The Ryzen 3200G boxed cooler is superior to every Intel one, let alone the pricier ones.
 

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Why?
The Ryzen 3500(X) is significantly faster at base clock and slightly faster at boost speed.
The one thing going for the i5-9400F is the cheaper motherboards.
I can't evaluate the boxed coolers.
True, but the i5-9400f with a cheap motherboard is going to be a slightly cheaper option depending on circumstance. Its probably going to depend on region and the availability of the 3500(x).
 

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Cheaper motherboards? You can pair this even with a dirt cheap A320 board!
Are there any of those that are "dirt cheap" and compatible with the new Ryzen? (I know of only one A320-board that is compatible at all.)
And "dirt cheap" isn't just "low cost" and crappy, but actually cheap (very good value for the money)?

And the one thing going against the i5 is forward compatibility. ...
The Ryzen 3200G boxed cooler is superior to every Intel one, let alone the pricier ones.
True, but the i5-9400f with a cheap motherboard is going to be a slightly cheaper option...
So, again, why would the i5 be a better deal?

The only time the i5-9400F would be a better deal than R5 3500 is when it's decidedly overkill, and then there are less potent options that would be even better...
 

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So, again, why would the i5 be a better deal?

The only time the i5-9400F would be a better deal than R5 3500 is when it's decidedly overkill, and then there are less potent options that would be even better...
Probably, wouldn't be a better deal in most cases. It would be a better deal in scenarios where it the mobo+cpu combo is >20$ cheaper, or if the r5-3500 isn't available. In fact, a better deal than both would probably just be an older Ryzen 2000 CPU for the same money.
 

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