Kirin 980 vs Kirin 960

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (with Mali G76 MP10 graphics) and Kirin 960 (Mali-G71 MP8). 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 980
  • Performs 2.5x better in floating-point computations
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 16 nm)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 87%) AnTuTu 9 score – 474K vs 253K
  • Announced 1-year and 11-months later
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (2600 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Supports 10% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 28.8 GB/s)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 960
  • Higher GPU frequency (~44%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +87%
474275
253734
CPU 142027 70319
GPU 144227 61547
Memory 77986 54634
UX 109693 66647
Total score 474275 253734

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +83%
702
383
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +55%
2480
1597
Image compression 123.8 Mpixels/s 82.7 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.4 images/s 12.5 images/s
Speech recognition 47.2 words/s 28.75 words/s
Machine learning 47.4 images/s 21.45 images/s
Camera shooting 23.2 images/s 11.8 images/s
HTML 5 2.39 Mnodes/s 1.79 Mnodes/s
SQLite 655 Krows/s 453.85 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
2488
n/a
Stability 48% -
Graphics test 14 FPS -
Score 2488 -

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 56 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 39 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 28 FPS
[High]
-
Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Huawei Nova 5T
1080 x 2340
-
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 980 and Kirin 960

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2600 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 512 KB 64 KB
L2 cache 512 KB 4 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 6.9 billion 4 billion
TDP 6 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP10 Mali-G71 MP8
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 720 MHz 1037 MHz
Execution units 10 8
Shading units 160 128
FLOPS 691 Gigaflops 282 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 1.2 1.2
DirectX version 12 11.3

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1600 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s 28.8 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes No
Storage type UFS 3.0 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3120 x 1440 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 2x 16MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1400 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced August 2018 October 2016
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - Hi3660
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site -

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