HiSilicon Kirin 990 vs HiSilicon Kirin 980

HiSilicon Kirin 990

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The HiSilicon Kirin 990 4G is an ARM based high-end octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablets, which was introduced with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro in late 2019. It integrates eight CPU cores in three clusters. The performance cluster contains two Cortex-A76 cores with up to 2.86 GHz, the balanced cluster contains also two Cortex-A76 cores but with only up to 2.09 GHz and finally the power saving cluster contains four small ARM Cortex-A55 cores with up to 1.86 GHz. Furthermore, the SoC integrates a neural processor (1 + 1 cores) for AI tasks and a ARM Mali-G76 MP16 GPU clcoked at up to 600 MHz. Compared to the 5G version, the 4G Kirin 990 integrates a fast 4G modem and is slightly lower clocked (2 of the 3 clusters and the GPU).

The Kirin 990 is produced in the modern 7nm process at TSMC.

HiSilicon Kirin 980

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The HiSilicon Kirin 980 is an ARM based high-end octa-core SoC for smartphones and tablets, which was introduced with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro in late 2018. It integrates eight CPU cores in three clusters. The performance cluster contains two Cortex-A76 cores with up to 2.6 GHz, the balanced cluster contains also two Cortex-A76 cores but with only up to 1.92 GHz and finally the power saving cluster contains four small ARM Cortex-A53 cores with up to 1.8 GHz. Furthermore, the SoC integrates a modern LTE radio with Cat 21/18 (max. 1400 Mbps download, 200 Mbps upload), 2x faster dual ISP (versus 970), a LPDDR4X 2133 MHz memory controller (34.1 GB/s versus 29.9 GB/s of the Kirin 970) and a 2160p30 H.265 video encoder (2160p60 decoding). The Kirin 980 is produced in the modern 7nm process at TSMC as the first Android SoC (after the Apple A12).

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HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G compare - 2860 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 990 - 2860 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 820 compare1840 - 2360 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 810 compare1880 - 2270 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 980 - 2600 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G compare - 2860 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 990 - 2860 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 820 compare1840 - 2360 MHz8 / 8
HiSilicon Kirin 810 compare1880 - 2270 MHz8 / 8
» HiSilicon Kirin 980 - 2600 MHz8 / 8
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ARM Mali-G76MP16 GPU, 2x Cortex-A76 (2.86 GHz) + 2x Cortex-A76 (2.36) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.95 GHz, big.LITTLE), 4G ModemARM Mali-G76 GPU, 2x Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz) + 2x Cortex-A76 (1.92) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), 2x LTE Dual-SIM (1.4 Gbps down Cat21)
iGPUARM Mali-G76 MP16 ( - 600 MHz)ARM Mali-G76 MP10 ( - 720 MHz)

Performance Rating - Geekbench 5.1, PCM Work, Sling Shot Physics, Antutu v8 CPU
57.7 pt (86%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 19565     avg: 31512     median: 31512 (36%)     max: 43459 Points
min: 19993     avg: 27047     median: 23103.5 (27%)     max: 37164 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
min: 4756     avg: 5166     median: 5166 (65%)     max: 5576 Points
min: 2227     avg: 3461     median: 3426.5 (43%)     max: 4917 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
min: 4702     avg: 4918     median: 4917.5 (85%)     max: 5133 Points
min: 2421     avg: 3580     median: 3726 (65%)     max: 4997 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
3891 Points (31%)
min: 1576     avg: 2232     median: 2231.5 (18%)     max: 2887 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
5595 Points (51%)
min: 2969     avg: 5181     median: 5180.5 (47%)     max: 7392 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
19729 Points (39%)
min: 15206     avg: 16273     median: 16273 (32%)     max: 17340 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
9053 Points (18%)
min: 7157     avg: 7523     median: 7523 (15%)     max: 7889 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
11581 Points (30%)
min: 8578     avg: 9588     median: 9587.5 (25%)     max: 10597 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
10281 (16%)
min: 8473     avg: 8680     median: 8679.5 (14%)     max: 8886
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
3272 (67%)
min: 2922     avg: 2994     median: 2994 (61%)     max: 3066
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4 64 Bit Single-Core
3910 (61%)
min: 3563     avg: 3601     median: 3601 (56%)     max: 3639
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4 64 Bit Multi-Core
11615 (28%)
min: 9577     avg: 9735     median: 9734.5 (24%)     max: 9892
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 3865     avg: 3882     median: 3881.5 (58%)     max: 3898
min: 3207     avg: 3303     median: 3314 (49%)     max: 3378
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1+ 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 11885     avg: 12083     median: 12082.5 (21%)     max: 12280
min: 9547     avg: 9838     median: 9854 (17%)     max: 10024
Geekbench 5 - Geekbench 5 64 Bit Single-Core
783 (52%)
min: 685     avg: 696     median: 695.5 (46%)     max: 707
Geekbench 5 - Geekbench 5 64 Bit Multi-Core
3059 (19%)
min: 2347     avg: 2474     median: 2500 (15%)     max: 2549
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 759     avg: 770     median: 770 (48%)     max: 781
min: 706     avg: 707     median: 707 (44%)     max: 708
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 2893     avg: 2978     median: 2977.5 (24%)     max: 3062
min: 2553     avg: 2558     median: 2558 (21%)     max: 2563
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1962.5     avg: 2154     median: 2153.7 (4%)     max: 2344.9 ms
min: 1947.9     avg: 2176     median: 2053.6 (3%)     max: 3098.1 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 19885     avg: 21727     median: 21726.5 (37%)     max: 23568 Points
min: 20618     avg: 21733     median: 21603.5 (36%)     max: 23285 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 UX
min: 70955     avg: 85363     median: 85363 (77%)     max: 99771 Points
min: 66660     avg: 67111     median: 67110.5 (61%)     max: 67561 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 MEM
min: 62954     avg: 81672     median: 81672 (67%)     max: 100390 Points
min: 71845     avg: 71918     median: 71917.5 (59%)     max: 71990 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 GPU
min: 110095     avg: 135414     median: 135414 (36%)     max: 160733 Points
min: 135337     avg: 137666     median: 137666 (36%)     max: 139995 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 CPU
min: 136219     avg: 143683     median: 143682 (77%)     max: 151146 Points
min: 136978     avg: 137360     median: 137360 (73%)     max: 137741 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 Total Score
min: 409039     avg: 446132     median: 446132 (59%)     max: 483224 Points
min: 410820     avg: 414054     median: 414054 (55%)     max: 417287 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
261357 Points (34%)
min: 246439     avg: 246733     median: 246733 (32%)     max: 247027 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
min: 5756     avg: 7469     median: 7469 (39%)     max: 9182 Points
min: 4919     avg: 7101     median: 7789 (41%)     max: 7905 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
29072 Points (100%)
min:      avg: 14536     median: 14536 (50%)     max: 29072 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 2.0
min: 8636     avg: 9479     median: 9479 (62%)     max: 10322 Points
min: 7567     avg: 8433     median: 8147.5 (53%)     max: 9326 Points
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score
min: 10918     avg: 12433     median: 12432.5 (62%)     max: 13947 Points
min: 9728     avg: 11164     median: 10243.5 (51%)     max: 13531 Points

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 990 → 100% n=30

Average Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 980 → 85% n=30

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