Kirin 950 vs Kirin 659

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 950 (with Mali-T880 MP4 graphics) and Kirin 659 (Mali-T830 MP2 ). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 950
  • Performs 3.1x better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 6%) AnTuTu 9 score – 134K vs 126K
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Announced 1-year and 2-months later

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 950 +6%
134403
126202
CPU 51279 44402
GPU 16063 11914
Memory 28644 39120
UX 39561 31774
Total score 134403 126202

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 950 +75%
337
193
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 950 +47%
1279
873
Image compression 72.5 Mpixels/s 68.9 Mpixels/s
Face detection 10.6 images/s 9.19 images/s
Speech recognition 20.75 words/s 14.4 words/s
Machine learning 16.35 images/s 10 images/s
Camera shooting 9.14 images/s 4.67 images/s
HTML 5 1.5 Mnodes/s 1.33 Mnodes/s
SQLite 364 Krows/s 335.3 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 950 and Kirin 659

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A72
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.7 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2400 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
Process 16 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 4 billion
TDP 5 W -

Graphics

GPU name Mali-T880 MP4 Mali-T830 MP2
Architecture Midgard Midgard
GPU frequency 900 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 4 2
Shading units 64 32
FLOPS 122 Gigaflops 40 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 1.2 1.2
DirectX version 11.2 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR3
Memory frequency - 933 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 25.6 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No No
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0 eMMC 5.1
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1200
Max camera resolution 1x 21MP, 2x 16MP 1x 16MP, 2x 8MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 1K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 1080p at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 6 LTE Cat. 7
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 50 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced November 2015 January 2017
Class Flagship Mid range
Model number Hi3650 Hi6250

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Total votes: 18

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