Top 20 Fastest Processors in the World: AMD Left Intel in the Dust

Top 20 Fastest Processors in the World: AMD Left Intel in the Dust

In the recently updated list of PassMark processor performance testing software, AMD models take the top 20 places.

First of all, let’s explain the initial premise: PassMark PerformanceTest is a set of tests designed to measure the speed of your computer’s performance. CPU tests are designed to measure complex mathematical calculations, which include the most demanding tasks for each processor such as data compression, encryption, and physics simulation. PassMark is known for the famous memory test MemTest86, which was introduced back in 1994.

The PassMark database has test results on over a million computers and therefore its applications are used as a standard set of tests to measure the performance of both individual components and overall system performance.

AMD Dominates in Server CPUs

On the list of the best processors according to the performance achieved in the PassMark CPU Performance test, the first Intel processor is the Xeon W-3275M, which appears in 21st place, while all other models before it are AMD models. We will note that when it comes to the best performance, server processors are dominant here, because their architecture is designed to cope with a large number of demanding tasks, so they are equipped with a large number of cores and a large amount of cache memory.

So, AMD dominates the list with its EPYC product line, but ahead of the aforementioned Xeon processor there are six Threadripper models and Ryzen 9 5950X, and in 22nd and 23rd place are Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 3950X. For example, the Intel Core i9-11900K is in a distant 83rd place.

Although PassMark does not differentiate between server processors and processors intended for ‘normal’ users (such as those playing demanding video games of which some found their way even to being bet on at online bookmakers ranked at by the level of popularity per country), AMD’s dominance in performance in the last few generations is clear. In other words, the dominance was established since the introduction of the first generation of Zen architecture in which Ryzen 9 5950X stands out.

The Ryzen 9 5950x Blew Away the Competition

In October last year, the results of a benchmark test of the then just released processor from the AMD company, the Ryzen 9 5950X, were revealed. This processor set a new record in the PassMark test and it swept away the competition. AMD has been inserting an increasing number of cores in the last few processor models, but they could not reach and surpass the results of Intel’s processors, until now.

The Ryzen 9 5950X is up to 34.4 % faster than the Ryzen 9 3950X processor when it comes to single-thread usage, while it is 16 % faster when it comes to multithreading. Intel’s Comet Lake Core i9-10900K processor scored 3,176 in single-thread performance in this test, while the Ryzen 9 5950X had a score of 3,693. When it comes to multi-thread, the AMD processor had an outstanding score of 45,563, while Intel had to settle for just 24,261. Multi-threading allows the operating system to see a single CPU as two or more processors, i.e. supports the execution of multiple threads within a single process.

Intel Still Leads on a Value vs Retail Price Scale of Processors

Another interesting processor scale is the one in which PassMark ranks processors by value by comparing their performance and retail price. On this list, the situation is different because in the first place is the Intel Core i5-11400F, ahead of the excellent AMD Ryzen 5 2600 model.

Another great display of AMD dominance is the list of processors on which there are models ranked according to the ratio of performance and maximum TDP (consumption). Among the top 20 processors, there are only 5 non-AMD Ryzen models, and the best-ranked non-AMD model is the new octa-core Apple M1 in 8th place, while Intel’s best processor by this criterion is the Core i7-10510Y in 15th place.

Unlike Intel’s dominance so far, things have turned to the AMD side with the best desktop and mobile processors. What could slightly change the relationship between the “red” and “blue” team is the new generation of Intel Alder Lake processors, which should bring support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 in 10 nm models of the 12th generation Core processor by the end of the year.