Previously Core i7-11700K held the top spot on PassMark, but this all has changed. Notebookcheck has reported that Apple’s M1 chip has outperformed the Core i7-11700K in PassMark.
A little about the top spot holder, The M1 is Apple’s first ARM-based that is based on TSMC 5nm fabrication node. It has four high-performance cores codenamed ‘Firestorm’ and four high-efficiency cores called ‘Icestorm.’ This architecture is similar to the ARM DynamicIQ (successor to big. LITTLE) or Intel’s Lakefield hybrid technology.
As far as the scores are concerned, it scored 3550 points in a single-threaded benchmark, while the Core i7-11700K has an average score of 3542 points. Unfortunately, the number of samples isn’t enough to choose a winner. On the other hand, Rocket Lake-S might climb up once the newer microcode for Intel 400, and 500 series motherboards will be released.
The M1 chip has a pretty good single-threaded performance, but it can’t compete with desktop in multi-thread benchmark as it lacks hyper-threading technology. The Apple M1X might turn the tables around.