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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.
Daniel R Deakin,

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)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.