Apple M1 Inches Past Intel Core i7-11700K in Single-Thread Performance at PassMark

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Apple’s new in-house, ARM-based system on a chip for Mac, the M1, is capable of beating Intel’s 11th Gen Core i7-11700K processor in terms of single-thread performance. This is according to the latest CPU Mark rankings published on the PassMark Software site, which lists Apple’s 8-core, 3,200 MHz chip in second place above Intel’s premium Rocket Lake-S product. The M1 scored 3,550 points, while the Core i7-11700K sits slightly below that with 3,542 points.

“M1 is the first personal computer chip built using cutting-edge 5-nanometer process technology and is packed with an astounding 16 billion transistors, the most Apple has ever put into a chip,” the company announced in November.

“It features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, the world’s fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer, and breakthrough machine learning performance with the Apple Neural Engine. As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.”

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