HiSilicon Kirin 659 vs HiSilicon Kirin 960s

HiSilicon Kirin 659

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The HiSilicon Kirin 659 is an ARM-based octa-core SoC for mid-range smartphones and tablets. It was announced mid 2017 and features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Four cores can be clocked with up to 1.7 GHz (power saving cores) and four with up to 2.36 GHz (performance cores). The difference to the older Kirin 650 and Kirin 655 SoCs is the higher clock speed of the performance cores (2.35 versus 2.1 and 2.0 GHz). The slightly older Kirin 658 is very similar. The 659 is in our benchmarks around 4% faster than the 658 and offers a better LTE radio (Cat. 13).

Furthermore, a ARM Mali-T830 MP2 graphics card (at >=900 MHz), a 64-Bit LPDDR3 memory controller and a dual-sim capable LTE Cat. 6 (max. 300 MBit/s and GSM, WCDMA, UMTS, HSPA+) radio are integrated in the SoC. The processor performance can be compared with the older Kirin 930 and therefore sufficient for daily usage as browsing and non demanding apps. High-end SoCs with Cortex-A57 or A72 cores however should be noticeably faster. The SoC is produced in a modern 16nm FinFET process and is therefore very power efficient.

HiSilicon Kirin 960s

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The HiSilicon Kirin 960S is an ARM based mid-range octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablets, which was introduced with the 2018 10.5-inch Huawei MediaPad M5. Compared to the normal Kirin 960, the 960S offers an additional NPU for AI calculations from the Kirin 970. Looks like to be slower clocked than the older Kirin 960.

Besides 8 CPU cores (4x Cortex-A73, 4x Cortex-A53), the SoC is also equipped with a modern Mali-G71 MP8 graphics adapter, a dual-channel LPDDR4 memory controller as well as an LTE Cat. 12/13 modem. It is one of the fastest ARM SoCs in the end of 2016. The Kirin 960 is manufactured in a modern 16-nm process at TSMC.

HiSilicon Kirin 659HiSilicon Kirin 960s
Cortex-A53Cortex-A73/-A53
: Cortex-A73/-A53
HiSilicon Kirin 935 compare2200 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 6592360 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 658 compare2350 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 655 compare2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 650 compare2000 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 930 compare2000 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 620 compare1200 MHz8 / 8
MediaTek MT8163 V/A 1.5 GHz compare1500 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz compare1300 MHz4 / 4
MediaTek MT8161 compare1300 MHz4 / 4
Marvell Armada PXA1908 compare1200 MHz4 / 4
HiSilicon Kirin 970 compare2400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960 compare2400 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 960s2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 710 compare2200 MHz8 / 8
2360 MHz2100 MHz
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ARMv8-ISA, Mali-T830 MP2, Dual SIM LTE (Cat. 6), LPDDR3 Memory ControllerARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, 4x Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), 2x 32 Bit LPDDR4 Memory Controller
iGPUARM Mali-T830 MP2ARM Mali-G71 MP8 ( - 900 MHz)

3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
12599 Points (15%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 11780     avg: 13618     median: 13379.5 (15%)     max: 14930 Points
14698 Points (17%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1632     avg: 1675     median: 1685 (21%)     max: 1717 Points
2323 Points (29%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1354     avg: 1625     median: 1685 (29%)     max: 1741 Points
2101 Points (37%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
968 Points (8%)
2165 Points (17%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
2829 Points (26%)
3780 Points (34%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
5944 Points (12%)
10498 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
3298 Points (7%)
5303 Points (11%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
3897 Points (10%)
6502 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3508 Points (5%)
5734 Points (9%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
876 Points (18%)
1756 Points (36%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 887     avg: 888     median: 888 (14%)     max: 889 Points
1706 Points (27%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3438     avg: 3473     median: 3473 (8%)     max: 3508 Points
5609 Points (14%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 869     avg: 919     median: 926.5 (15%)     max: 946 Points
1634 Points (26%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3316     avg: 3608     median: 3680.5 (6%)     max: 3805 Points
5809 Points (10%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 8684.3     avg: 9440     median: 9271 (16%)     max: 10788.1 ms
5947 ms (10%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1173 ms (13%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 4191     avg: 4947     median: 4980 (10%)     max: 5471 Points
6802 Points (13%)
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 62810     avg: 65730     median: 66608 (23%)     max: 68232 Points
147305 Points (50%)
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
min: 7947     avg: 8633     median: 8430.5 (26%)     max: 9656 Points
8364 Points (26%)
AnTuTu v7 - UX
min: 21484     avg: 23751     median: 24193.5 (30%)     max: 24268 Points
28103 Points (34%)
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
min: 12982     avg: 13331     median: 13167.5 (4%)     max: 14340 Points
33870 Points (11%)
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
min: 39451     avg: 41305     median: 41643.5 (25%)     max: 41874 Points
43350 Points (27%)
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
min: 81992     avg: 87019     median: 87511.5 (15%)     max: 89639 Points
113687 Points (20%)
AndEBench - Java
1694 Iter./s (52%)
AndEBench - Native
20418 Iter./s (67%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 122441     avg: 127602     median: 127602 (17%)     max: 132762 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 2413     avg: 2626     median: 2635 (11%)     max: 2819 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
min: 5970     avg: 7032     median: 6957 (24%)     max: 8244 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 4615     avg: 4805     median: 4834.5 (37%)     max: 4911 Points
5114 Points (39%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 5704     avg: 5956     median: 5887 (30%)     max: 6252 Points
5040 Points (26%)

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 659 → 100%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 960s → 152%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)