Snapdragon 660 vs Kirin 659

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (with Adreno 512 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 660
  • Performs 5.4x better in floating-point computations
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Shows significantly better (up to 58%) AnTuTu 9 score – 200K vs 126K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 16 nm)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~6%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
200249
126481
CPU 68288 44402
GPU 35535 11914
Memory 38070 39120
UX 59108 31774
Total score 200249 126481

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
333
194
Multi-Core Score
1311
875
Image compression 88.7 Mpixels/s 68.9 Mpixels/s
Face detection 12 images/s 9.19 images/s
Speech recognition 24.1 words/s 14.4 words/s
Machine learning 18.3 images/s 10 images/s
Camera shooting 11 images/s 4.67 images/s
HTML 5 1.76 Mnodes/s 1.33 Mnodes/s
SQLite 487.4 Krows/s 335.3 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 96% -
Graphics test 2 FPS -
Score 374 -

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 660 and Kirin 659

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.84 GHz – Kryo 260 Silver (Cortex-A53)
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.7 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2200 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache 2 MB -
Process 14 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 1.75 billion 4 billion
TDP 9 W -

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 512 Mali-T830 MP2
Architecture Adreno 500 Midgard
GPU frequency 850 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 1 2
Shading units 128 32
FLOPS 217 Gigaflops 40 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR3
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 933 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.9 Gbit/s -
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 680 No
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 eMMC 5.1
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1200
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 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 AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X12 -
4G support LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 7
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced May 2017 January 2017
Class Mid range Mid range
Model number SM6115 Hi6250
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 official site -

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