HiSilicon Kirin 659 vs HiSilicon Kirin 970

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 970

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The HiSilicon Kirin 970 is an ARM based high-end octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablet, which was introduced with the Huawei Mate 10 in late 2017. Besides 8 CPU cores (4x Cortex-A73, 4x Cortex-A53), the SoC is also equipped with a modern Mali-G72 MP12 graphics adapter, a dual-channel LPDDR4 memory controller as well as an LTE (4x4 MIMO, 5-band-carrier-aggregation, QAM-256, up to 1.2 Gbit/s) modem.

The performance cluster is clocked at up to 2.4 GHz and the four A53 power saving cores with up to 1.8 GHz. The performance should improve by about 20 percent according to Huawei and the power consumption reduced by 20 percent.

On the chip HiSilicon also included a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for running machine learning tasks very efficiently compared to the CPU cores.

HiSilicon Kirin 659HiSilicon Kirin 970
Cortex-A53Cortex-A73/-A53
: Cortex-A73/-A53
HiSilicon Kirin 935 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 6592360 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 658 (compare)2350 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 655 (compare)2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 650 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 930 (compare)2000 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 620 (compare)1200 MHz8 / 8
Marvell Armada PXA1908 (compare)1200 MHz4 / 4
» HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (compare)2400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960s (compare)2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 710 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
2360 MHz2400 MHz
8 / 88 / 8
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ARMv8-ISA, Mali-T830 MP2, Dual SIM LTE (Cat. 6), LPDDR3 Memory ControllerARM Mali-G71 MP12 GPU, 4x Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), 2x LTE Dual-SIM (4x4-MIMO, QAM-256, up to 1,2 Gbit/s)
iGPUARM Mali-T830 MP2ARM Mali-G72 MP12
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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
min: 14556     avg: 21027     median: 22026 (25%)     max: 23046 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1632     avg: 1675     median: 1685 (21%)     max: 1717 Points
min: 1897     avg: 2707     median: 2819 (35%)     max: 3002 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1354     avg: 1625     median: 1685 (33%)     max: 1741 Points
min: 1891     avg: 2732     median: 2836 (55%)     max: 2983 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
968 Points (8%)
min: 1993     avg: 2317     median: 2316.5 (19%)     max: 2640 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
2829 Points (26%)
min: 3758     avg: 3857     median: 3857 (35%)     max: 3956 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
5944 Points (12%)
min: 11044     avg: 11246     median: 11245.5 (22%)     max: 11447 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
3298 Points (7%)
min: 5485     avg: 5541     median: 5540.5 (11%)     max: 5596 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
3897 Points (10%)
min: 6800     avg: 6878     median: 6877.5 (18%)     max: 6955 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
3508 Points (5%)
min: 6160     avg: 6205     median: 6204.5 (10%)     max: 6249 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
876 Points (18%)
min: 1926     avg: 1933     median: 1933 (39%)     max: 1940 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 887     avg: 888     median: 888 (14%)     max: 889 Points
min: 2009     avg: 2010     median: 2010 (32%)     max: 2011 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3438     avg: 3473     median: 3473 (10%)     max: 3508 Points
min: 6512     avg: 6519     median: 6519 (18%)     max: 6526 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 869     avg: 919     median: 926.5 (15%)     max: 946 Points
min: 1883     avg: 1901     median: 1901 (30%)     max: 1922 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3316     avg: 3608     median: 3680.5 (6%)     max: 3805 Points
min: 6557     avg: 6697     median: 6714.5 (12%)     max: 6792 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
386 Points (29%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1655     avg: 1712     median: 1711.5 (10%)     max: 1768 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 8684.3     avg: 9440     median: 9271 (16%)     max: 10788.1 ms
min: 3590.6     avg: 4378     median: 3875.6 (7%)     max: 6220.7 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
1173 ms (13%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 4191     avg: 4947     median: 4980 (10%)     max: 5471 Points
min: 6692     avg: 10111     median: 11085 (21%)     max: 11838 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 62810     avg: 65730     median: 66608 (23%)     max: 68232 Points
min: 173653     avg: 177915     median: 178490 (61%)     max: 181973 Points
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
202050 Points (27%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 2413     avg: 2626     median: 2635 (16%)     max: 2819 Points
min: 4617     avg: 4787     median: 4730 (28%)     max: 5015 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
min: 5970     avg: 7032     median: 6957 (24%)     max: 8244 Points
min: 14120     avg: 14492     median: 14670 (50%)     max: 14687 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 4615     avg: 4805     median: 4834.5 (39%)     max: 4911 Points
min: 6293     avg: 6860     median: 6957 (56%)     max: 7046 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 5704     avg: 5956     median: 5887 (30%)     max: 6252 Points
min: 8115     avg: 8537     median: 8484.5 (43%)     max: 9326 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
596 Points (11%)

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 659 → 100%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 970 → 174%

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