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Ryzen 7000 left with a mountain to climb as Intel Alder Lake occupies top 10 places in PassMark single-thread chart while AMD languishes outside top 25

Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake series of processors has left a big impression on synthetic benchmark charts. (Image source: Intel - edited)
Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake series of processors has left a big impression on synthetic benchmark charts. (Image source: Intel - edited)
Intel Alder Lake chips now occupy all top 10 positions in the current PassMark CPU Mark single-thread performance chart for high-end desktop processors. The highest-ranked AMD chip is the Ryzen 9 5950X in a lowly 26th place. Hopes are high for Ryzen 7000 “Raphael”, but there is a steep mountain to climb to topple the Intel Core i9-12900 family.

Intel’s Alder Lake desktop processors have taken an iron grip over the top end of the single-thread performance chart produced by PassMark. The chip in first position is the Intel Core i9-12900KF on 4,247 points, and this is followed in quick succession by four other members of the 16-core (8x Performance + 8x Efficient), 24-thread i9-12900 family. With the recent appearance of the i9-12900KS and its 5.5 GHz peak rate, it won’t be long before Alder Lake leaves no space at all at the top of this chart for rivals from Apple and AMD.

Apple has managed to maintain a strong presence in the top 25, which is all the more remarkable when you consider that parts like the M1 Pro (10-core variant in 11th position), the M1 Max (13th), and the M1 (16th) are much less dependent on power than the Intel chips and are still riding high in the single-thread performance chart for laptop CPUs, too. However, AMD is practically non-existent at the moment, with the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X in 26th and 27th places with 3,500 points and 3,495 points, respectively. These chips from the end of 2020 are not Alder Lake’s direct rivals, but it’s all Team Red has to show for itself in this chart right now.

Fortunately for fans of both AMD and competitive markets, there is relief coming in the form of Ryzen 7000 “Raphael”. Clearly, AMD has been busy preparing its Ryzen 6000 mobile chips to pave the way for a bigger assault on the CPU sector with its next family of desktop processors. There’s the Zen 4 core architecture, DDR5 and PCIe 5 support, and the presence of RDNA 2 knowhow for the integrated graphics part. More cores could happen, but more importantly it has been rumored that Zen 4 will offer a 40-45% performance increase over Zen 2. If AMD Ryzen 7000 brings the power and the +5.0 GHz clock rates then there should be a major shakeup in PassMark’s single-thread performance charts coming.

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Alder Lake takes over the single-thread performance chart. (Image source: PassMark)
Alder Lake takes over the single-thread performance chart. (Image source: PassMark)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-02-18 (Update: 2022-02-19)