Intel’s Alder Lake platform has become one of the clear choices for users who are concerned with maximizing their systems’ single-thread performance, according to the latest rankings from PassMark, whose top positions are now dominated by 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors.
Intel’s flagship Core i9-12900KF and Core i9-12900K processors have taken the leads with single-thread performance scores of 4,246 and 4,207, respectively, and they’re trailed by not one, not two, but nine of their Alder Lake siblings, including the Core i7-12700, which edges out Apple’s M1 Pro chip with a 3,867 score. The top eleven slots in PassMark’s rankings for single-thread performance are now owned by Intel processors.
Contrastingly, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Series processors have fallen pretty dramatically in the single-thread performance chart following Alder Lake’s arrival, with the flagship Ryzen 9 5950X now sitting in 26th place with a score of 3,500. Just below that is the Ryzen 9 5900X, with 3,495 points.
Intel is preparing an even faster flagship Alder Lake desktop CPU called the Core i9-12900KS that offers up to 5.5 GHz on a single performance core and up to 5.2 GHz on all performance cores right out of the box. That chip is due out by the end of this quarter.
Single Thread Performance (PassMark)
- This chart comparing the single thread performance of CPUs is made using thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily.
- This chart compares Desktop CPUs, from high end CPUs (such as Intel Core i9, Intel Core i7 and AMD Phenom Ryzen processors) to mid-range and lower end CPUs (such as Intel Pentium 4 and AMD Athlon processors) and also Server CPUs.