Snapdragon 660 vs Kirin 960

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (with Adreno 512 graphics) and HiSilicon 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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
  • Announced 7-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (14 versus 16 nm)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 960
  • Supports 107% higher memory bandwidth (28.8 against 13.9 GB/s)
  • Performs 30% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 26%) AnTuTu 9 score – 255K vs 202K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~22%)
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 960 +26%
255170
CPU 68288 70319
GPU 35535 61547
Memory 38070 54634
UX 59108 66647
Total score 202324 255170

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 960 +14%
384
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 960 +21%
1606
Image compression 88.7 Mpixels/s 82.7 Mpixels/s
Face detection 12 images/s 12.5 images/s
Speech recognition 24.1 words/s 28.75 words/s
Machine learning 18.3 images/s 21.45 images/s
Camera shooting 11 images/s 11.8 images/s
HTML 5 1.76 Mnodes/s 1.79 Mnodes/s
SQLite 487.4 Krows/s 453.85 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 660 and Kirin 960

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-A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2200 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 64 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
Process 14 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 1.75 billion 4 billion
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 512 Mali-G71 MP8
Architecture Adreno 500 Bifrost
GPU frequency 850 MHz 1037 MHz
Execution units 1 8
Shading units 128 128
FLOPS 217 Gigaflops 282 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11.3

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1600 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.9 Gbit/s 28.8 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, UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2560 x 1600 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 16MP 2x 16MP
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, VP8, VP9
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. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced May 2017 October 2016
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM6115 Hi3660
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 official site -

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