AMD has continued to build on its advantage over Intel in recent years, but the gap between the two CPU giants is only now becoming apparent. PassMark – an Australian software company specializing in PC benchmarking and stress testing tools – maintains a list of the best CPUs based on the average score the processor received in the PassMark PerformanceTest benchmark. And Intel, which has long claimed the top performance in all industries, does not even make it into the top 20.
The list is immersed in a sea of red for the first 20 slots, with AMD's Epyc and Threadripper CPUs dominating the charts. Team Blue's first chip appears in the 21st slot. That's the Intel Xeon W-3275M, which got less than half the score of the AMD Epyc 7763, which comes first.
The Xeon W-3275M is the first Intel chip on the list and occupies 21st place.
Reddit user u / AidThisFellowUser spotted the ranking and the comments were quick to point out that server quality processors make up 19 of the top 20 slots. However, several consumer processors from AMD appear before those from Intel. These include the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in 16th place, the 5900X in 22nd place, and the 3950X in 23rd place, plus several more on the list. The latest Intel Core i9-11900K takes 83rd place.
It's not a fair battle between server and consumer CPUs, and PassMark only offers a single data point. However, the list shows the growing gap between AMD and Intel in the high-end consumer space. It's a recall more than a decade ago when AMD led the way in terms of performance before Intel took a firm backseat at Intel for several years with some misguided starts.
However, Intel has not gotten out of hand. PassMark also keeps a list of the CPUs with the best score and compares the average PassMark score to the processor's MSRP. AMD used to appear at the top of this list, but it is now at Intel. The new Intel Core i5-11400F comes first and the excellent i5-11600K comes fourth.
However, AMD still shows up in the rankings, with the Ryzen 7 3700X, 3600X, 3200G, and 1600 all in the top 10. A scatter plot of this list shows how different AMD and Intel are in 2021 with a large cluster of blue data points focusing on the end of the chart with low performance and low price and a distribution of the red data points across the price / performance spectrum .
Outside of the desktop, the latest Ryzen 5000 mobile processors top the performance tables for laptops. PassMark also maintains a performance versus performance list, and AMD again holds the most top slots.
AMD and Intel have effectively swapped places. In 2021, Team Red holds the crown of achievement on desktop and mobile devices, although higher prices for the latest generation processors have catapulted Intel as the brand with the highest value. Things are unlikely to stay that way for long. While AMD's next-generation Ryzen processors look promising, Intel may be the first to launch features like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 with the Alder Lake launch later this year.