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Snapdragon 450 vs Kirin 659

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (with Adreno 506 graphics) and HiSilicon 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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Performs 3x better in floating-point computations
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 16 nm)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Higher GPU frequency (~38%)
  • 31% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 1800 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 30%) AnTuTu 9 score – 129K vs 99K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 659 +30%
129580
CPU 29781 44402
GPU 14379 11914
Memory 29514 39120
UX 24907 31774
Total score 99330 129580

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 659 +30%
196
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 66.4 Mpixels/s 68.9 Mpixels/s
Face detection 8.97 images/s 9.19 images/s
Speech recognition 18.6 words/s 14.4 words/s
Machine learning 11.7 images/s 10 images/s
Camera shooting 5.27 images/s 4.67 images/s
HTML 5 1.26 Mnodes/s 1.33 Mnodes/s
SQLite 317.5 Krows/s 335.3 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 450 and Kirin 659

CPU

Architecture 8x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A53 4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.7 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 1800 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
Process 14 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 4 billion
TDP 3 W -

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 506 Mali-T830 MP2
Architecture Adreno 500 Midgard
GPU frequency 600-650 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 1 2
Shading units 96 32
FLOPS 124 Gigaflops 41 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 11.1 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory frequency 933 MHz 933 MHz
Bus 1x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 7.46 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 546 No
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1
Max display resolution 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1200
Max camera resolution 1x 21MP, 2x 13MP 1x 21MP, 2x 13MP
Video capture 1K at 60FPS 1K at 60FPS
Video playback 1080p at 60FPS 1080p at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X9 -
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 4.1 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced June 2017 January 2017
Class Low end Mid range
Model number SDM450 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 official site -

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Total votes: 197

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