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M1 Pro 10-core SoC pips M1 Max to head PassMark's desktop and laptop CPU single-thread performance charts as Apple Silicon secures top four places

The Apple M1 Pro SoC comes with either an 8-core CPU part or a 10-core CPU component. (Image source: Apple - edited)
The Apple M1 Pro SoC comes with either an 8-core CPU part or a 10-core CPU component. (Image source: Apple - edited)
The Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max processors have made an initial appearance in the PassMark CPU Mark single-thread performance benchmarks for both laptop and desktop processors. Apple Silicon now occupies the top four positions in both charts, which should see a big change when Intel’s Alder Lake chips start showing up.

Things are starting to heat up in the PassMark CPU Mark charts, and they will only get hotter when Intel’s Alder Lake processors start being benchmarked in sufficient quantities. For months the single-thread performance charts for both laptop and desktop CPUs have been headed by the Apple M1 processor, but it has finally been removed. Another Apple Silicon representative has taken its place, in the form of the 10-core CPU variant of the M1 Pro.

The M1 Pro with 8x performance cores and 2x efficiency cores sits at the top with a score of 3,877 points, which just pips the score by the fellow 10-core M1 Max SoC, resting on 3,860 points. In a further blow to the now admittedly aging Intel and AMD competition, third place has been occupied by the 8-core CPU variant of the M1 Pro with 6x performance cores and 2x efficiency cores. This Apple Silicon SKU has a current score of 3,780 points.

To rub salt into the wound, the original Apple M1 only fell from first place to fourth, meaning all top four positions belong to Apple Silicon. It’s a not entirely unexpected situation, with Apple building upon the success of the M1’s Firestorm and Icestorm core microarchitecture. However, it is possible this supremacy will be short-lived, as Intel has its own hybrid processors arriving on November 4, with certain SKUs such as the i9-12900K and i5-12600K creating their own sensational synthetic benchmark appearances as of late.

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CPU Mark single-thread desktop. (Image source: PassMark)
CPU Mark single-thread desktop. (Image source: PassMark)
CPU Mark single-thread laptop. (Image source: PassMark)
CPU Mark single-thread laptop. (Image source: PassMark)

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Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2705 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
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.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-11- 2 (Update: 2021-11- 2)