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Desktop processor dominance: PassMark's single-thread performance chart is headed by 17 Intel processors

Intel still owns the PassMark desktop processor single-thread performance chart. (Image source: Komputerswiat)
Intel still owns the PassMark desktop processor single-thread performance chart. (Image source: Komputerswiat)
PassMark’s current CPU Mark single-thread performance chart for desktop processors is still dominated by chips from Intel. A total of 17 Intel processors head the table before the first AMD part can be found in the form of the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900. Last month, the top 34 positions were held by Intel chips while an AMD APU was placed erroneously in the 35th spot.

The PassMark benchmark database has plenty of vocal critics and the latest single-thread performance chart isn’t going to silence those critics. At the time of writing, Intel processors occupied the first 17 positions, with the Core i9-9900KS still holding on to top spot. This is at least less egregious in comparison to the table a month ago that showed Intel processors in the top 34 places, as PassMark switched from PerformanceTest V9 to V10.

The latest chart no longer features the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U APU either, which somehow took 35th position last month in the desktop processor chart even though it is a mobile chip. That Ryzen 4000 part now resides in eighth position in the appropriate single-thread performance chart for laptop processors. Now the highest-ranked AMD desktop processor is the Ryzen 9 PRO 3900, while a powerful chip like the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is down in 23rd position.

It is well known that Intel processors perform better than their similar AMD counterparts in single-thread and single-core benchmarks, just like the latter tends to throw up better results in multithread or multi-core tests. However, you can’t help raising an eyebrow when PassMark rates the admittedly decent but ageing (Jan 2017 release) Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700K higher than the Ryzen 9 3950X from mid-2019. Even though the i7-7700K has a much higher base clock, other benchmarks and databases place the AMD part ahead of the Intel processor in single-core tests.

Cinebench R15 single i7-7700K - Ryzen 9 3900X comparison (no Ryzen 9 3950X sample). (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Cinebench R15 single i7-7700K - Ryzen 9 3900X comparison (no Ryzen 9 3950X sample). (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Current top 25 desktop processors. (Image source: PassMark)
Current top 25 desktop processors. (Image source: PassMark)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-04- 8 (Update: 2020-04- 8)