HiSilicon Kirin 960 vs HiSilicon Kirin 970

HiSilicon Kirin 960

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The HiSilicon Kirin 960 is an ARM based high-end octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablet, which was introduced with the Huawei Mate 9 in November 2016. 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 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 960HiSilicon Kirin 970
Cortex-A73/-A53Cortex-A73/-A53
: Cortex-A73/-A53
HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 9602400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960s (compare)2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 710 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 9602400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960s (compare)2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 710 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
2400 MHz2400 MHz
8 / 88 / 8
16 10
ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU, 4x Cortex-A73 (2.4 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), 2x 32 Bit LPDDR4 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-G71 MP8 ( - 900 MHz)ARM Mali-G72 MP12
5500

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 14456     avg: 15019     median: 15116.5 (17%)     max: 15341 Points
min: 14556     avg: 21027     median: 22026 (25%)     max: 23046 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1817     avg: 2147     median: 2018 (25%)     max: 2552 Points
min: 1897     avg: 2707     median: 2819 (35%)     max: 3002 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1960     avg: 2151     median: 2110 (41%)     max: 2296 Points
min: 1891     avg: 2732     median: 2836 (55%)     max: 2983 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 1993     avg: 2317     median: 2316.5 (19%)     max: 2640 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
min: 3758     avg: 3857     median: 3857 (35%)     max: 3956 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
min: 11044     avg: 11246     median: 11245.5 (22%)     max: 11447 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
min: 5485     avg: 5541     median: 5540.5 (11%)     max: 5596 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 6800     avg: 6878     median: 6877.5 (18%)     max: 6955 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6160     avg: 6205     median: 6204.5 (10%)     max: 6249 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1926     avg: 1933     median: 1933 (39%)     max: 1940 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
3191 Points (25%)
min: 8247     avg: 8622     median: 8622 (68%)     max: 8997 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 5629     avg: 5833     median: 5832.5 (16%)     max: 6036 Points
min: 6512     avg: 6519     median: 6519 (18%)     max: 6526 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1935     avg: 1941     median: 1941 (31%)     max: 1947 Points
min: 2009     avg: 2010     median: 2010 (32%)     max: 2011 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1852     avg: 1875     median: 1869 (29%)     max: 1899 Points
min: 1883     avg: 1901     median: 1901 (30%)     max: 1922 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 6173     avg: 6384     median: 6445 (11%)     max: 6527 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: 2733.7     avg: 3226     median: 3149 (5%)     max: 3734 ms
min: 3590.6     avg: 4378     median: 3875.6 (7%)     max: 6220.7 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 10016     avg: 10823     median: 10236 (20%)     max: 11897 Points
min: 6692     avg: 10111     median: 11085 (21%)     max: 11838 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
min: 2743     avg: 3060     median: 3059.5 (82%)     max: 3376 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
min: 4471     avg: 4481     median: 4481 (100%)     max: 4491 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
min: 7346     avg: 7456     median: 7455.5 (98%)     max: 7565 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 124087     avg: 143408     median: 146044 (50%)     max: 157445 Points
min: 173653     avg: 177915     median: 178490 (61%)     max: 181973 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 256749     avg: 264076     median: 264076 (35%)     max: 271402 Points
202050 Points (27%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
677 Points (13%)
596 Points (11%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 6006     avg: 6136     median: 6134 (50%)     max: 6299 Points
min: 6293     avg: 6860     median: 6957 (56%)     max: 7046 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 6830     avg: 7199     median: 7341 (37%)     max: 7403 Points
min: 8115     avg: 8537     median: 8484.5 (43%)     max: 9326 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 4617     avg: 4787     median: 4730 (38%)     max: 5015 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
min: 14120     avg: 14492     median: 14670 (50%)     max: 14687 Points

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 960 → 100%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 970 → 113%

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1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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