HiSilicon Kirin 960s vs HiSilicon Kirin 970

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 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 960sHiSilicon Kirin 970
Cortex-A73/-A53Cortex-A73/-A53
: Cortex-A73/-A53
HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (compare)2400 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 960s2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 710 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 9702400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (compare)2400 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 960s2100 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 710 (compare)2200 MHz8 / 8
2100 MHz2400 MHz
8 / 88 / 8
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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
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3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
14698 Points (17%)
min: 14556     avg: 21026.8     median: 22026 (25%)     max: 23046 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
2323 Points (29%)
min: 1897     avg: 2706.9     median: 2819 (35%)     max: 3002 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
2101 Points (45%)
min: 1891     avg: 2732.3     median: 2836 (60%)     max: 2983 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
2165 Points (17%)
min: 1993     avg: 2316.5     median: 2316 (19%)     max: 2640 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
3780 Points (34%)
min: 3758     avg: 3857     median: 3857 (35%)     max: 3956 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
10498 Points (18%)
min: 11044     avg: 11245.5     median: 11245 (19%)     max: 11447 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
5303 Points (9%)
min: 5485     avg: 5540.5     median: 5540 (10%)     max: 5596 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
6502 Points (15%)
min: 6800     avg: 6877.5     median: 6877 (16%)     max: 6955 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5734 Points (15%)
min: 6160     avg: 6204.5     median: 6204 (16%)     max: 6249 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1756 Points (36%)
min: 1926     avg: 1933     median: 1933 (39%)     max: 1940 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
10728 Points (85%)
min: 8247     avg: 8622     median: 8622 (68%)     max: 8997 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5609 Points (19%)
min: 6512     avg: 6519     median: 6519 (22%)     max: 6526 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1706 Points (28%)
min: 2009     avg: 2010     median: 2010 (33%)     max: 2011 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
1634 Points (26%)
min: 1883     avg: 1901.1     median: 1901 (30%)     max: 1922 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
5809 Points (10%)
min: 6557     avg: 6697.1     median: 6714 (12%)     max: 6792 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
5947 ms (10%)
min: 3590     avg: 4377.6     median: 3875 (7%)     max: 6220 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
6802 Points (13%)
min: 6692     avg: 10110.9     median: 11085 (21%)     max: 11838 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
147305 Points (50%)
min: 173653     avg: 177915     median: 178489 (61%)     max: 181973 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
202050 Points (27%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
5114 Points (43%)
min: 6293     avg: 6860.1     median: 6957 (58%)     max: 7046 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
5040 Points (26%)
min: 8115     avg: 8536.6     median: 8484 (43%)     max: 9326 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 battery life
596 Points (44%)
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 4617     avg: 4787.3     median: 4730 (38%)     max: 5015 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
min: 14120     avg: 14492.3     median: 14670 (65%)     max: 14687 Points

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 960s → 100%

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 970 → 116%

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