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Snapdragon 660 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Adreno 512) with the older 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) SoC. 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 660
  • Has 6 more cores
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Announced 1-year and 8-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~31%)
  • 19% higher CPU clock speed (2200 vs 1850 MHz)
Pros of Apple A9
  • Shows better (up to 10%) AnTuTu 8 score – 168K vs 153K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Apple A9 +10%
168989
CPU 69937 70699
GPU 24360 36687
Memory 32441 31959
UX 27977 35338
Total score 153249 168989

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Apple A9 +59%
533
Multi-Core Score
1302
983
Image compression 88.7 Mpixels/s 53.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 12 images/s 9.04 images/s
Speech recognition 24.1 words/s 21.9 words/s
Machine learning 18.3 images/s 26.3 images/s
Camera shooting 11 images/s 12.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.76 Mnodes/s 1.34 Mnodes/s
SQLite 487.4 Krows/s 313 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 660 and Apple A9

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.84 GHz – Kryo 260 Silver (Cortex-A53)
2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2200 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 14 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count 1.75 billion 2 billion
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 512 PowerVR GT7600
Architecture Adreno 500 Rogue
GPU frequency 850 MHz 650 MHz
Execution units 1 6
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 217 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 680 No
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 16MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X12 Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced May 2017 September 2015
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SDM660 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
29 (33%)
59 (67%)
Total votes: 88

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Apple A9 and Snapdragon 660, or ask any questions
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Andre Arthur 10 October 2020 03:08
Apple A9 still performs way better than my sd660 in 2020... iPhones are made to last!
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