Apple's M1 outperforms Intel's 11-generation Core i7-11700K in single core performance

Apr 02,2021

Since the release of Apple's first home-built M1 Mac processor, there has been a lot of hype. In particular, is it true that in some benchmarks, the single-core performance can beat Intel's top-of-the-line Core i9?

Apple's M1 3.2GHz is in second place for the first time, with a score of 3550 behind Intel Rocket Lake's 11th-generation flagship i9-11900K 3.5GHz, by just 5%, according to Passmark's new single-core performance rankings.

It also edged out the Intel 11-gen Core i7-11700K, which has a 3.6GHz base frequency and is also ahead of AMD's best Ryzen 7 5800X by just eight points.


Apple's M1 also tops the Geekbench 5 Mac single-core performance rankings, scoring 1,700 points and easily beating the Intel 10 Core i7-10700k by 36%.

Since it is impossible for Apple Mac to use Intel 11 generation Core, it is impossible to compare M1, I9-11900K/I7-11700K, but from this position, it is also the fate of the second kill.


It's all part of the architecture of the Apple M1, but it's essential to keep it in perspective.


After all, different test programs have different hardware optimization support levels, and scores aren't everything. There's a significant gap in the M1's multicore performance, with even the best-optimized Geekbench 5 lagging behind the i7-10700K by around 9%.